Silicon Valley ‘Overwhelmingly’ Backs Biden; CCW Tops 1M in 5 States

Anti-gun Democrat Joe Biden is reportedly basking in the warmth of overwhelming support from Silicon Valley. However, Americans are buying more guns and getting licensed to carry, and a new poll says 90% of people who have bought a gun in the last four months feel safer. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- No sooner did gun rights advocates file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against social media giant Facebook and AFP Fact Check for violating provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act, then did a report surface in WIRED magazine asserting “contributions by employees at some of America’s biggest tech companies are overwhelmingly” supporting Democrat Joe Biden in his campaign to unseat President Donald Trump.

In its report, WIRED “found that employees at Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Oracle have contributed nearly 20 times as much money to Biden as to Trump since the beginning of 2019.”

As reported by Fox News, “Conservatives and Trump supporters have long accused many tech companies of liberal bias and WIRED’s analysis found that ‘95 percent of contributions by employees of six big tech firms’ have gone to Biden.”

While gun owners may not be able to counter the big money support, they might be able to turn out enough “gun voters” to make a difference in the Nov. 3 elections. As recently reported in AmmoLand News, the latest report on concealed carry in the United States by John Lott at the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows at least 19.48 million active concealed carry permits and licenses are presently in circulation.

Buried in that report is the revelation that five states have now topped the 1 million mark for active licenses, including Florida, where more than 2 million licenses are now in circulation.

One of those states is Pennsylvania, where Fox News is reporting confirmation by the State Police that between July 1 and Sept. 30 a record number of firearm background checks were conducted, “which is nearly double the volume completed during the same period last year.” Pennsylvania is an important swing state, which went to President Trump in 2016.

Oddly enough, Pennsylvania is not even among the “Top Ten” states listed by World Population Review for having the highest percentages of gun ownership. Those states are Alaska (61.7%), Arkansas (57.9%), Idaho (56.9%), West Virginia (54.2$), Wyoming (53.8%), Montana (52.3%), New Mexico (49.9%), Alabama (48.9%), North Dakota (47.9%) and Hawaii (45.1%). Hawaii has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.

In all but one of those states—Arkansas—did the murder total for 2019 exceed 200, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, and in most cases, the number didn’t even top 100 slayings. New Mexico reported 146 murders, including 96 involving firearms.

By contrast, in 2019 the city of Chicago racked up 492 killings, followed by Baltimore with 348 murders, Detroit with 273 slayings and Washington, D.C. with 166 homicides, according to data published by local news agencies in January. Chicago’s body count for this year already exceeds 600, according to the popular website HeyJackass.com.

The updated concealed carry report reveals that in 14 states, “more than 10% of adults have permits.” Those states are Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and West Virginia, so the percentages of active concealed carry permits/licenses don’t exactly match the states with the highest gun ownership.

But CPRC has a likely explanation, detailed in its report.

“Sixteen states have adopted constitutional carry for their entire state,” the report notes, “meaning that a permit is no longer required. Because of these constitutional carry states, the nationwide growth in permits does not paint a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry. But some residents still choose to obtain permits so that they can carry in other states that have reciprocity agreements.”

And in the CRPC report, there is also this caveat:

“Due to old and missing data, 19.48 million is undoubtedly an underestimate of the total number of Americans with permits. On the other hand, 731,931 permits are “non-residential,” some of which are issued to people who already have concealed handgun permits from their home states. Most of these non-residential permits are issued by Utah (424,531) and Florida (221,440). We also found some non-residential permits for Maine (14,628), New Hampshire (28,408) and Virginia (42,924).”

Meanwhile, the FEC complaint, filed by Gun Owners of America, contends Facebook and AFP Fact Check engaged in so-called “fact checking” of articles criticizing Sen. Harris for her gun control record.

By no small coincidence, AmmoLand News was advised by the founder of one Facebook group—2nd Amendment Advocate – Greybar Hotel—that the site has been disabled. Fredd Bergmann, who started the page about eight years ago, said he had “tried to maintain what they consider their standards” in the group, which had more than 650 members.

However, a check on Facebook found several other active Second Amendment groups still up and running, so it is not clear how this particular group violated community standards.

All of these circumstances combined suggest pro- and anti-gun forces are on a collision course next month. The outcome of the election will determine the direction of firearms policy in the United States for the foreseeable future.

That explains why industry is getting financially active in the voter registration effort mounted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) called “#GUNVOTE®.” According to NSSF, Magpul Industries Corporation has donated $100,000 to the GUNVOTE effort, and another $100,000 has been contributed this week by Federal, CCI and Speer Ammunition, the industry group revealed.

The task now is for activists to get out the vote.

At the same time, the Second Amendment Foundation has been promoting its “Second Amendment First Responder” campaign via television advertising. This effort started last month and is receiving a strong response, according to SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb.

The Second Amendment First Responder campaign does not promote any candidates. Instead, it warns “Never has there been a more critical time to defend our right to keep and bear arms.” The SAF project “seeks to actively engage Americans who want to protect our Second Amendment rights.” The ads are running on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, MSNBC, the Weather Channel, Destination America, the Learning Channel, American Heroes channel, Headline News and One America News.

The video also declares, “Our history, culture, constitution and the American way of life are being assaulted. Violent anarchists are rioting and looting across the country.”

And that message just might be hitting a raw nerve. Rasmussen Reports revealed Wednesday, “Over one-fifth of Americans who have a gun in their household have added one since the Black Lives Matter anti-police protests began in late May and feel safer because they’ve done so.”

According to Rasmussen, 43 percent of American adults “say they or someone in their household owns a gun.”

“Fifty-four percent (54%) of adults who live in gun-owning households say they feel more safe with a gun in the house,” Rasmussen noted. “Only seven percent (7%) feel less safe. Thirty-eight percent (38%) think the presence of the gun has no impact on their personal safety.”

“Among those who have added a gun in the last four months,” Rasmussen significantly noted, “90% feel more safe.”

Gottlieb, who also chairs the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said in a news release, “Why should this surprise anybody? We’ve been treated to months of images on the nightly news showing cities under siege, businesses being vandalized, looted and even burned. People have been killed, more have been injured including scores of police officers, and all we hear from protesters are demands for cuts to police departments, while radical city councils work overtime to appease the mob.

“The last six months have taught millions of people the importance of having a constitutional right to own a firearm,” Gottlieb added. “They’ve learned how restrictive and pointless some gun control laws can be. Now they’re being asked by two anti-gun career politicians, and their party, for support so they can enact even more restrictions while they erode public safety and expect the American public to accept this as the ‘new normal.’ No wonder people are buying guns. They’re praying for the best, but preparing for the worst.”

RELATED:

GOA Files FEC Complaint Against Facebook, AFP, & Harris – Campaign Finance Violations

Crime Prevention Research Center Releases Report, Carry Permits Soar to 19.48mil(.)+



About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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tetejaun
tetejaun
16 days ago

Over 60 million Americans that hunt and fish DO NOT VOTE. HUNT THE VOTE did a review of several states and found voter rolls showing about 50% of those that obtained hunting & fishing licenses DID NOT VOTE. That is, those that obtained a hunting or fishing license were TOO LAZY to vote for Freedom. Some of you on here snivel and complain about others you demand do your Constitutional Duty for you, yet I am sure many of the folks on this blog will not vote. Voting is the EASY part, yet many here claim they will “fight” should… Read more »

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Sisu
Sisu
16 days ago
Reply to  tetejaun

Just watched HUNT THE VOTE Founder on Newsmax – I hope all Upstate NYers will get motivated. Perhaps this election day by voting Repubican we can even discourage Cuomo from running again – remember in NYS there are no term limits for Governor.

MarkE
MarkE
19 days ago

The larger problem here is that none of this ownership stuff matters. Anyone believe that people like the Squad, Beto, Pelosi, Feinstein, or the phalanx of others who would hold power in a Harris administration, care? For example, Feinstein has championed absolute and total gun confiscation for decades; Beto (likely to be intimately involved in this issue) parrots the same single-minded drivel. These people will pass confiscatory laws because they can, not because they should. Their obsession with gun control is pathological – and the increased ownership of firearms, in their view – simply solidifies their belief that their gun-free… Read more »

Vern
Vern
19 days ago
Reply to  MarkE

What if goods leaving China are purposely tainted with the virus and that is what is causing the resurgence of the virus?

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
19 days ago
Reply to  Vern

I have thought of that same thing. I also wipe down anything I get from them in the mail. I wish I could find a can of lysol spray. This is crazy.

Vern
Vern
18 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

The left likes to tell people that China is a dear friend, they are the exact opposite, it is the left that caused that to happen in the first place.It is the weakness of the left that makes the Chinese look down on the American people.

MarkE
MarkE
18 days ago
Reply to  Vern

Perhaps, but unlikely. Sea transport from China, depending on course, port, weather, etc, is anywhere from an absolute minimum of 2 weeks to around 4 weeks. Once in port here, add a week for customs. After customs, add at least a couple weeks for trucking to distribution to retailer to store shelf to customer. In sum, you are talking about a minimum of 2 months (and more likely 3) in various modes of transit. Current estimates of COVID lifecycle on surfaces seem to hover around 5 days maximum. Now, anything is possible – and this is certainly a rational concern.… Read more »

Vern
Vern
18 days ago
Reply to  MarkE

I’m sure if there is a will to spread the virus even more into this country, there will be a way for them to do it. It would be easy for them if they have control of it in their own country.

Finnky
Finnky
19 days ago

She has already found her position of maximum power. She coul$ no this just assume the office, even though she remains in line of succession. Not sure she’d give it up for the oval office, particularly if she can be the one enthronement the next occupant. If no candidate receives sufficient electoral college votes, the house selects the next president. They are however restricted to selecting from the candidates who have received the most electoral votes. Unless Pelosi is running and wins in some state, she is ineligible. Only other candidate with even minute chance of garnering any electoral votes… Read more »

GomeznSA
GomeznSA
20 days ago

100 MILLION Law Abiding Citizens who get off their oh so principled behinds and vote for gun rights candidates (even the ‘squishy’ ones) WILL elect those candidates across the board.That should be the end of the discussion.

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen
19 days ago
Reply to  GomeznSA

Word has it over 50 million people tuned in to hear Trump on Rush Limbaugh this afternoon.

How many would have done the same for Creepy Joe?

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
19 days ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

I am one of the 50 million and dam proud of it.
Go MAGA 2020

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
20 days ago

Silicon valley is as liberal as it comes, but it’s hard to imagine that these companies would support a political party that would adversly affect their bottom line. The fact that socialism is an expensive proposition and that these people think with feelings rather than their minds gives the impression that high tech industry could care less about what’s good for the nation.

Vern
Vern
20 days ago

Excellent article, thank you. One has to wonder how many of those sillycone valley employees own a firearm, probably more than we think. I have been talking to and listening to people who usually vote democrat, they are saying things like; “Biden/Harris are an embarrassment to the democrat party.” I think the party knows that but has another plan for if they succeed, I don’t think the two mentioned above won’t be around long after the inauguration. Communists like to appoint their leaders. Winston Churchill said; “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
19 days ago
Reply to  Vern

I agree with you Vern, however I’ve had the opposite experience. People who have always simply hit straight ticket republican who tell me that this time the are voting for a Biden. Recognizing when I won’t change someone’s mind – I just try to get them to evaluate each individual candidate and explain to them the benefits of divided government. When all three branches are solidly under one branches control – extremists rule. May be being overly pessimistic, but I truly fear that dems will control two I need January and stack the court in February. Their edicts thereafter will… Read more »

Vern
Vern
19 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

It is a shocker to know, think you know, people who vote Republican then say they will vote dem this time. Some people still are easy targets when it comes to feelings. The dems are using those tactics pretty hard right now in my state, a blue state. I can’t change their mind because they shut out what they don’t want to hear so it doesn’t matter what you want to tell them. Sometimes I wonder if they just said they voted Republican and voted with their feelings all along. Separating the states is what the left want, it is… Read more »

Black Powder 26
Black Powder 26
20 days ago

Excellent article. I am sure that none of us who subscribe to this news letter are surprised by the fact that Commie-fornia and the companies that exist there are anti-gun. Like the rest have posted we MUST get out and vote if there is any chance of getting Trump reelected.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
20 days ago

Good Op-Ed!
Americans MUST get out and vote IN PERSON. IF you support the Constitution and OUR American Supreme Law of the LAND, go vote IN PERSON!!!
Stop the ILLEGALLY IDENTIFIABLE mass mailing of UNVERIFIABLE paper that the DemoKKKrat National Communist party is INUNDATING America with!!!!!!!!!!!

PMinFl
PMinFl
19 days ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

I live in Pasco County Florida and I have complete confidence in our county registrar of voters. I vote by mail and have since I moved here seven years ago. Again I know my registrar does his job and isn’t swayed by the covid nannies. He doesn’t just send out ballots to try to turn an election.

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen
19 days ago
Reply to  PMinFl

It’s not your registrar you have to worry about. It’s all the postal workers who are anti Trump throwing your ballot in the trash.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
19 days ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

And, the ones that pretend they are republican and are registered as republican and go with their buddy democrap to pick up the votes from the box and stop at home and pull all the Trump votes out before going to the voting drop off point to be counted. We have drop off boxes here in Oregone. This scenario is totally possible. We have not cleared the voter roles for years. There are people getting ballots for dead people and one person has received ballots for the last five previous residents that lived in the apartment before him. This is… Read more »

Core
Core
20 days ago

We need to vote with our wallets and defund these corporations. There needs to be a list of companies that support tyrants like Biden.