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Survey: 5.4 Million First-Time Gun Owners in 2021, Growing Diversity Bad News for Gun Control Advocates

Survey: 5.4 Million First-Time Gun Owners in 2021, Growing Diversity Bad News for Gun Control Advocates

The industry saw a 44.5% increase among blacks and 33.2% of females as first-time buyers.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) 2021 survey shows America gained 5.4 million first-time gun owners.

It’s a three million decrease from 2020, but still, an impressive number, especially when you break it down.

The first-time gun buyers made up 29.6% of the guns bought in 2021 (sorry! I accidentally wrote 2022. I swear I’m not psychic!). About 23% of them went back and bought more guns after the first purchase.

People in general purchased more than one gun at a time in 2021.

It gets better because 46.8% of those first-time buyers asked about professional firearm training. Then 43.1% signed up for the classes. It is important to receive training on your firearms, especially if you’re handicapped like me!

The industry also saw a 44.5% increase among blacks and 33.2% of females as first-time buyers.

NSSF President and CEO Joe Bartozzi said: “We welcome these new gun owners to the greater community of law-abiding Americans who choose to own a firearm for lawful purposes, including self-defense, recreational target shooting and hunting. The surveys revealed that new gun owners are continuing to embrace their Second Amendment rights and nearly half of them are seeking out professional training. These trends show that not only is there still a strong interest in gun ownership but also that these new gun owners are interested in learning more about the safe and responsible handling, use and storage of firearms.”

The Economist pointed out that the diversity among gun owners is bad news for gun control advocates. The National African American Gun Association expanded by 25% in 2020.

People used to buy guns mainly for recreational or hunting purposes. Now self-defense takes the top spot:

Many of the newer gun-owners see firearms as an equaliser—a remedy for the vulnerability they feel. The Pink Pistols, an lgbt group, proclaims “armed queers don’t get bashed”. “God made man and woman, but Sam Colt made them equal,” goes a markswoman’s maxim. Women’s gun-ownership has always trailed that among men: women tended to shoot because men in the family did. But Robyn Sandoval, boss of A Girl and a Gun, a shooting group, increasingly sees women buying guns on their own initiative: a third of new joiners to her organisation in 2021 said they were the only shooter in their family.

I have guns for self-defense. I love my revolver and AR.


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The Founding Fathers never envisioned High Speed Automatic Printing Presses shooting out hundreds of pages per minute. So, maybe it’s time for common sense restrictions upon the 1st Amendment.

It’s mixed news. Brand new gun owners will now require several election cycles to discover how the people they’ve been voting for all their lives are now oppressing them personally. Until they figure that out, they’ll continue to vote for the Usual Gang of Idiots.

    If they learn it at all. Remember, standard liberal hypocrisy. “Sure, It’s safe for ME to have a gun. I’m a responsible adult. But you can’t say that about THOSE people.” (those people being any number of groups. Conservatives. Christians. The unvaccinated. Whatever.)

      That’s the kind of thinking that keeps us weak and divided. It’s like a conservative moving to Idaho or other “red” state and being told to go back to California. Seriously, what exactly do you want? We have a large and growing segment of the US population who are upset at the same things for the same reasons and yet we can’t get together because of this kind of thinking. We keep losing because we think like losers and can’t envision winning.

        CommoChief in reply to Pasadena Phil. | January 28, 2022 at 1:08 pm

        Agreed. We should always work with those who are willing to work with us, even on a single issue,. These temporary allies of convenience can help advance the ball.

        The 2nd amendment converts are the easiest to bring more fully into the fold through discussions. Big, intrusive govt writing punitive policies and regulations for firearms easily transfers to other topics. A govt which can x can also do y or z, maybe we should have smaller govt?

        healthguyfsu in reply to Pasadena Phil. | January 28, 2022 at 1:21 pm

        Says the guy who feels the need to come on here regularly and jab back at conservatives in other states that attack his precious Failifornia

        No offense, but you could stand to take some of that advice, too, in the future.

      henrybowman in reply to irv. | January 28, 2022 at 5:06 pm

      Nope, the standard liberal hypocrisy fails in this case. All the people who think “Sure, it’s safe for ME to have a gun” are still going to get stepped on every time a new gun law passes. Eventually, it will dawn on them that the left oppresses perfectly good gun owners LIKE THEM, for no good reason. The big question is, how long will it take? No one can tell. It all depends on what laws get passed, and when, and how smart the voters are. We have already proven that there are people incapable of connecting how they vote with how bad their lives get.

    Peabody in reply to henrybowman. | January 28, 2022 at 10:55 am

    “Until they figure that out;..”

    As John Wayne used to say, That’ll be the day.”

“Gun control” is leftist language for disarming the citizens. “Criminal control” is how one suppresses crime.

Leftist agenda – Release the criminals and blame the crime on inanimate objects that need to be removed from the citizens who are not committing crime.

The left appears to be “now or never” desperate as their agenda is even becoming visible to the blind, albeit slowly. Better late than never.

the number of women seeking firearms/self-defense training is important–is an example of many women coming to the realization that the police/law enforcement may not be available/inclined to help them in dire circumstances or quickly enough to intervene–many women, like it or not, are on their own–is good to see them taking charge of their personal security

relying on the mercy of criminals is akin to believing in the tooth fairy

That’s 5.4 million more people buying/hoarding all the ammo they can find which is driving up the cost of ammo when you can find it.

I guess someone besides Biden did benefit from the BLM riots. I wonder if gun manufacturers will revise their advocacy.