The 2020 Montana primary election is over; for a while, we will get a bit of a break from all the bravo sierra that has been filling the airwaves, internet browsers, and our mail boxes. The favorites in state-wide races all won, there were no real surprises. We will look more closely at the candidates and their positions on firearms and the Second Amendment in future columns. We’ll also look at some new studies and how they relate to the politician’s positions on guns.
Now that Montana has gone into Phase Two of the Covid-19 pandemic remedy, maybe we all can enjoy some summer fun and well needed relaxation, not to mention getting our work force back on the job. We will be subjected to some political activity, but hopefully the deluge of political rhetoric, posturing, and oft times outright propaganda will wait until after Labor Day.
2020 has been filled with much hardship for all of us. We have seen over 100,000 of our fellow citizens die from the Corona virus, our economy was shut down, and now our society is in another crisis. Chaos has overtaken many of our cities; the rule of law is under attack and, quite honestly, too many elected leaders have failed to protect their citizens from the looting, arson, assault, and even murder that is being committed around the nation. The lack of political courage of some of these leaders is breath taking. When challenged as to why they have allowed the violence to continue, from these “leaders” we hear nothing but excuses and an elaborate form of the “blame game.”
The last three months have seen records set for firearms sales and I’m certain that June’s gun sales will also set a record, maybe an all-time one. More and more Americans are realizing that government may not be able to protect them and their families. Many of these recent firearm purchases are believed to be by first-time gun owners. I encourage all to get good training from experienced instructors, it is part of the responsibility of exercising one’s Second Amendment rights.
The death of George Floyd has sparked justified outrage and calls for long needed change. Personally, I have been saddened to see the protests of decent, caring Americans of all races and creeds hijacked by nihilistic, criminal thugs. Watching these rogue reprobates run roughshod over the rights of good people is sickening.
Once again, the future is uncertain, but we will overcome this adversity, that is what Americans do; liberty will prevail. Remember the first words of the Constitution, “We the People…”
Please be safe.