As Frederick Douglas once said, “A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.”  It looks like some liberals are finally embracing all three.

When you think of California, you might think of a bunch of highly taxed, liberal pacifists who want to take your guns.  That’s why I left and made my home the great state of Texas.

However a new study by researchers at the University of California shows more Californians are arming up than ever before. The study’s authors researched results from the California Safety and Wellbeing Survey, a survey given to 2,870 Californians selected to serve as a representative sample of the state’s adult population. The results were staggering.

By mid July, over 110,000 firearms were purchased — 47,000 of these guns were bought by first time owners. The report identified several reasons for the increase in home protection:

“The most common reason given for firearm acquisition in response to the pandemic was worry about lawlessness…, followed by worry about prisoner releases…, the government going too far…, government collapse…, and gun stores closing,” the researchers wrote. “Reasons for ammunition purchases in response to the pandemic were similar.”

The massive demand for ammunition has created problems for some manufacturers. The Arizona based, AMMO, Inc. has a record breaking $80.1 million backlog as of August. They are reportedly working seven days a week to supply Americans with the ammunition needed. 

Interesting that one of the bluest states in America is waking up to the second amendment. I often wondered what it would take for the left to warm up to the idea of buying guns. Turns out all it takes is nationwide riots and a global pandemic. 

At least that’s one positive aspect of the chaos: more Americans are learning to appreciate the 2nd Amendment, self-governance, and self-reliance.


Hat Tip: California Safety and Wellbeing Survey, The Daily Wire, MedRxiv

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.