As federal lawmakers debate new gun control proposals and the nation awaits a potentially significant gun rights decision from the Supreme Court in the wake of last month’s Texas school shooting, minority firearm purchases continue to rise across the country.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSFF) reported recently that between 2019 and 2020, there was a 58% increase in firearm purchases by African Americans. During the same period, Hispanic American purchases went up 49% and Asian American purchases went up 43%.
NSFF said in January that the numbers of first-time gun purchasers in American minority groups remained “largely unchanged.”
Black attendees of the recent National Rifle Association convention in Houston spoke to Fox News about their reasons for attending and being firearms owners. One said that African Americans and other minorities are “now understanding that basically it’s on you to take care of yourself, protect yourself.”
Juan Ramireo also attended the convention and told Fox News that he is now “blessed” to be allowed to defend himself after legally immigrating to the U.S. when he was a teenager. He is now 29 and says that the Second Amendment provides him the security of knowing he is not helpless.
He recalled seeing his family struggle with fear of violence in their small Mexican hometown. Ramireo said that in America he goes to bed without worries about being able to defend his own family. With regard to the Texas school shooting, he said that although the U.S. is failing kids, “it’s not because of gun laws.” He said the blame must lie with the criminals and schools should be more secure and protected by officers.
He added that he believes that many Mexican immigrants are “waking up” and realizing that they need to be responsible for protecting themselves and their children. He pointed back to his own experience of struggling with being helpless to defend himself.
Joe Biden said in his primetime address last Thursday once again that he believes that the Second Amendment, and indeed “no amendment,” is absolute. He publicly pleaded with Congress to pass gun control legislation. He described his “common sense” proposal as including an outright “assault weapons” ban, expanded background checks, and magazine capacity limitations.