When Americans saw their neighborhoods going up in flames, more than 5 million bought firearms and apparently a lot of ammunition. The ammo market is still trying to fully recover. Every one of these purchases was a slap in the face to the gun banners. Then, when the gun-rights community defeated their champion, David Chipman, whom Biden was ordered to install as ATF head, the gun banners became apoplectic with rage. Evidently, they’re still mad at poor Joe. Last month they sent him yet another joint letter complaining that he wasn’t infringing enough.
“As a candidate, Joe Biden promised to prioritize gun violence prevention. As president, Joe Biden has not,” said Igor Volsky, founder and executive director of the group Guns Down America. Volsky’s rally outside the White House drew several dozen people. For the gun banners, the poor turnout should have been a warning of bad things yet to come, but it went unheeded.
On the day Putin invaded Ukraine, Moms Demanding Attention launched a nationwide “Stand Your Ground” initiative. Its goal was “to combat shoot first laws, also known as stand your ground.” To show their support, Florida Moms scheduled rallies in 10 cities across the state. The rallies were a complete failure. They drew several dozen folks – most of whom were already in the city parks before the rallies began. In Miami, which has a population of more than 440,000, the Moms and their husbands outnumbered attendees by a two-to-one margin. It was clear their gun-banning efforts were sputtering. No one was buying what they were peddling, so they were forced to pivot, again.