I took my daughter to preschool this morning, and on the way back I drove past my local neighborhood gun store.
The owner was standing out front talking to the first customer in line as the clerks inside finished setting up for the daily rush. They would open promptly at 9:00 AM. The speed limit is just 25 MPH in that part of town, and I caught a red light as well, so I had plenty of time to count the number of people in line.
There were 25 souls patiently queued up from the front door down the sidewalk into the parking lot. This is the new normal, and has been for months. Sometimes the line is shorter, sometimes it is longer, and on days that it is cold and rainy, people sit in their vehicles until the store opens, but there is always a line.
I drop in every few weeks or so. Some of the more senior clerks there know my face if they can’t recall my name; this is the FFL (federal firearms licensee) that I most often used when a manufacturer transfers in a rifle or pistol for me to test and evaluate. I haven’t been inside in two weeks, but the last time I was there was the same as it has been from mid-January onward.
There are no AR-15s, no AK-pattern rifles, no M1As, no FALs, nor anything else that might reasonably impersonate a semi-automatic rifle. For that matter, there are no Garands worth their price, nor Enfields, nor Mosins.
Likewise, the glass handgun cases have largely been empties of service pistols. There are still a few, but most tend to be painfully expensive or the dogs that no one wants. Magazines for all of these are gone, of course, as are most common calibers of ammunition.
How much longer will this go on?
That seems to be the million dollar question, and I’m not going to pretend I have an answer. Many are pretending that they know, but if people continue to buy firearms in multiples, magazines by the case, and ammunition by the pallet, we simply can’t predict how long the run will last.
In my estimation, this is the most heavily-armed the American people have ever been. I’m including the World Wars. Even then, the guns and ammo were going to military units deploying overseas, not going towards suburban stockpiles, and under freshly turned earth in hidden caches.
Nor have Americans ever been better trained to wage a war, specifically an insurgency. More than a decade of warfare in Asia and Africa have left us with large numbers of highly-trained veterans of wars without front lines, many of them well-trained in how guerrillas organize and fight, and of course, in counter-insurgency tactics.
All of this is happening as the radical left wing of the Democratic party is working its media assets in national and local media to wage a propaganda war against the Constitution. They think they will get away with it, since far too many dim souls are willing to give up their freedom for the illusion of safety, despite the Founder’s constant warnings against tyranny. Are they mistaken? I think so.
Far too many read the writing on the wall in similar ways. As long as they do, the lines will continue until there is no need to buy firearms, or until it is time to use them.