Gun control advocates are losing the argument right now, and they’re not happy about it. For years, the goal of their “gun safety” messaging has been to convince Americans that they shouldn’t own a gun, and now hundreds of thousands of Americans are running out to their local gun stores and buying up all the firearms and ammunition that they can. Pennsylvania State Rep. Dan Frankel is among those who can’t stand what he’s seeing, and he’s snidely congratulating all those deplorable Pennsylvanians on their new firearms.
So many Pennsylvanians bought guns last week that our state background check system crashed. Twice.
In fact, 4,342 of you bought or transferred a gun or applied for a license to carry a gun on March 17 alone, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania State Police. Of course, those are just handgun purchases, because Pennsylvania’s laws allow the purchase of long guns with no background checks at all.
It’s no surprise that our friends and neighbors are seeking ways to feel safe during this unprecedented and frightening time. Nearly overnight, a rapidly spreading illness has forced us all into seclusion. Many jobs that seemed secure a few weeks ago are in doubt, or already eliminated. Families no longer know how they will put food on the table, and the situation is rapidly changing. Seniors are frightened for their health and their financial futures in the face of an impending economic tsunami.
The urge to self-protect makes sense.
Unfortunately, if you bought a gun last week, your home is now less safe.
Frankel, a Pittsburgh Democrat who’s been in the state House since 1999, is a reliable vote for gun control in Harrisburg and a backer of Mayor Bill Peduto’s attempt to pass local gun control ordinances in violation of state firearms preemption law as well. It’s no surprise that he has a big problem with many of his constituents choosing to purchase a firearm right now, but I suspect his lecturing is falling on deaf ears.