United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Second Amendment supporters have been seeing a lot of hopeful signs lately. The oral arguments in NYSRPA v. Bruen point to a win that will likely gut “may issue” laws. Pro-Second Amendment candidates swept statewide races in Virginia. Furthermore, anti-Second Amendment extremists are looking at an increasingly bleak political landscape as their big long-term bet seems to be a loser.
That last item now gets another datapoint, this time from the Economist, which cites a study from Northeastern University. It notes, quite clearly, that the subset of the American population that exercises their Second Amendment rights is growing more diverse.
Keep in mind, when we discussed Biden’s big blunders, we noted that he really was operating in a “no room for error” situation. Already, we have seen that the “emerging majority” some predicted for Democrats isn’t coming to pass.
Now, with women and other minorities increasingly exercising their Second Amendment rights, if anything, there is a demographic doomsday of sorts coming, but it is not necessarily to the advantage of those who placed a bet on demographics.
Months before the 2021 election, we noted that Hispanic voters were becoming more supportive of the Second Amendment, as were younger people. Now, the Economist reports that a Northeastern University study has shown that gun ownership is increasing in the black community.
“[T]he fundamental problem is that Democrats have been relying on the support of roughly 90 percent of Black voters and 70 percent of Hispanic voters,” Dan Shor told New York magazine back in March. This was before a lot of the Second Amendment trends were becoming more and more obvious to us.
In one sense, Second Amendment supporters are getting lucky. These trends are happening despite the colossal failure to hire translators that has taken place on Wayne LaPierre’s watch, one that could have been a crucial backstop to make things even more difficult for anti-Second Amendment extremists. This, not any of the BS from the Lavrentiy Beria-inspired with hunt Letitia James is carrying out, is why Wayne LaPierre needs to step down.
In another sense, Second Amendment supporters need to not just engage in outreach to these new gun owners, but to also find who among them can become the next wave of Second Amendment activists. Whether they choose to work with NRA, GOA, SAF, FPC, or some other group, it will only help with the most important task: Defeating anti-Second Amendment extremists at the federal, state, and local levels via the ballot box this November.
About Harold Hutchison
Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.