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New ATF Study: 423 MILLION Guns In Hands Of Americans

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Violent crime rate has decreased by 48.6 percent in tandem with ownership rise

Newly released figures from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives shows that there are now a whopping 422.9 million guns in the hands of Americans. The number equates to 1.2 guns for every person in the country.

The figures also show that in 2018, 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition were produced by the gun industry.

The figures also reveal that the most popular firearm in the country is the much maligned sporting rifle, often mis-identified as an “assault rifle”, the AR-15 being one of the more popular models.

The findings highlight that there are now 17.7 million of them in private hands, a record high, and more than half (54%) of all rifles produced in 2017 were modern sporting rifles.

The ATF figures also reveal that firearms-ammunition manufacturing accounted for nearly 12,000 jobs in the US, creating over $4.1 billion in goods shipped in 2017.

“These figures show the industry that America has a strong desire to continue to purchase firearms for lawful purposes,” said Joe Bartozzi, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

“The modern sporting rifle continues to be the most popular centerfire rifle sold in America today and is clearly a commonly owned firearm with more than 17 million in legal private ownership today.” Bartozzi continued.

“The continued popularity of handguns demonstrates a strong interest by Americans to protect themselves and their homes and to participate in the recreational shooting sports,” Bartozzi added.

Bartozzi also noted that “as lawful firearms ownership in America continues to grow, criminal and unintentional misuse of firearms is falling.”

“During the 25-year period covered in this report (1993–2017) the violent crime rate has decreased by 48.6 percent and unintentional firearm-related fatalities have declined by 68 percent.” he added.

One reason why the popularity of the sporting rifle continues to grow may be because it is routinely criticized and targeted in arguments for stricter gun control.

Justin Anderson of Hyatt Guns, one of the biggest firearm retailers in the country noted that “Sales have definitely been brisk, especially of small, concealable handguns. We also saw a spike in sales of tactical rifles like AR-15s and AK-47s, for which I think we can confidently thank Beto O’Rourke.”

During a failed presidential run, Beto said on multiple occasions that he would ban AR-15s, and even go door to door to confiscate the weapons from Americans.

With a near record high of gun sales on Black Friday last week, Americans are sending a clear message in exercising their Second Amendment rights.

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Watch: MSNBC Compares GOP Congresswoman To Osama Bin Laden For Displaying Guns

“It communicates that they’re committed to, or at the very least open to the possibility of violent overthrow of the government”

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An MSNBC news host compared A Republican congresswoman to Osama Bin Laden Tuesday because she had guns on display at her home.

Chris Hayes also suggested that the display by Congresswoman Lauren Boebert was meant to convey the message that conservatives are willing resort to violence to instigate a coup in the US.

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“Do you notice something different with the bookshelves? Not just a stockpile of weapons sitting behind her, there is a deeper meaning to this image. An implicit threat, too,” Hayes proclaimed, showing an image of Boebert at home with two ARs, a shotgun, and a Glock behind her.

“Osama bin Laden, for one liked to pose in front of a bookshelf with a gun prominently displayed,” Hayes continued, adding “The Irish Republican Army would display guns in its propaganda posters and its murals. Cuban revolutionaries, they posed with guns all the time, too.”

Hayes stated that “A movement or faction that puts images of guns, the celebration of guns front and center in its political aesthetic, is a movement who’s engaging in something other than what we might call the normal rhetoric of elected democratic politics.”

“You can’t escape the meaning of it. It communicates that they’re committed to, or at the very least open to the possibility of violent overthrow of the government or the existing order,” Hayes frothed, adding that “in the Republican Party, it seems like it’s becoming common and unremarkable.”

The context of Boebert’s display is obvious given that she has positioned herself as a defender of gun rights.

The Congresswoman has hit out at those who believe they can ‘cherry pick’ rights from the Second Amendment. It is her number one cause.

To suggest that she is promoting violent revolution is not only grossly factually incorrect, but also deliberately and dangerously inflammatory, given that Antifa and various other violent leftist groups were identified as active participants in the Capitol riot in January.

What else can be expected from MSNBC though, other than literally repeating Democrat talking points:

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It’s OK When They Do It: Democrats Putting Kids In ‘Cages’ Again

AOC says ‘it’s not OK’, but doesn’t fly to the border to scream through a chain link fence this time

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Democrats have been blasted as hypocritical for reinstating the notorious ‘kids in cages’ detention policies at the border that they previously used to attack President Trump.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was questioned Tuesday by Peter Doocy, who asked why Biden administration was reopening one of the very facilities Democrats previously labelled a ‘human rights abuse’.

Psaki argued that “This is not kids being kept in cages,” and claimed “this is a facility that was reopened that is going to follow the same standards as other [Department of Health and Human Services] facilities.”

Psaki continued “That’s never our intention – of replicating immigration policies of the past administration. But we are in a circumstance where we are not going to expel unaccompanied minors at the border.”

Psaki also argued that because “there is a pandemic going on,” the holding facilities must be used, rather than the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

In other words, ‘its OK when we do it’.

Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commented on the development, but only mildly criticised Biden for the exact same thing she previously labelled “concentration camps” and created a staged ‘crying’ photo op over during Trump’s presidency.

As we have previously exposed, the ‘cages’ at the border were instituted by the Obama administration, and have been repeatedly mis-used by Democrats and their supporters to attack Trump, who actually signed an executive order to end the policy of separating kids at the border.

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Congressmen: Swamp Pushing Fake QAnon Threat To Keep DC Under ‘Occupation’

“Trump isn’t getting reinstated until after he wins the 2024 election.”

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Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) suggested Thursday that Capitol Police and Democrats are hyping up the bizarre online theories of QAnon as justification for keeping Washington DC under ‘occupation’.

Following a story in Newsweek that highlighted how some QAnon followers believe President Trump is to be ‘reinstalled’ on March 4th, Capitol authorities and Democrats used it as a reason to keep troops and razor wire fences in place.

During a Wednesday hearing, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said “Some of these people have figured out that apparently 75 years ago, the president used to be inaugurated on March 4. OK, now why that’s relevant, God knows, at any rate, now they are thinking maybe we should gather again and storm the Capitol on March 4. … That is circulating online.”

Rep. Gatez responded on Twitter:

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) responded to Gaetz, suggesting that ‘swamp’ creatures are using the ‘threat’ of conspiracists to take away freedoms:

The representatives’ comments come days after a leaked email suggested that there are plans to keep the National Guard in DC beyond the previously discussed deadline of March 12th, and throughout the Summer AND Fall.

report by FOX 5 cited an internal email seen by reporters that reveals The National Security Council is asking the Department of Defense to engage Capitol Police on planning for post-March 12th support.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Robert Salesses said Wednesday that the Capitol Police requested that 4,900 troops remain in DC through March 12.

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