Magazine July 6, 2020, Issue

The Riots and Protests Will Make Gun Ownership More Popular

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In their lack of trust and security, people will turn to the Second Amendment

Not in a million years, not if all the nation’s prestigious public-relations firms were mobilized for the cause, could gun manufacturers have conceived of a more effective advertising campaign for their product than the “defund the police” movement. 

Of course, realizing that a flagrantly anti-cop message might not sit well with a public still sweeping up shards of glass left by rioters in city centers across the country, Democrats and their media allies moved quickly to temper the movement’s message. But whatever “defund the police” ends up meaning in practice, it highlights a gaping disconnect between the Left’s anti-cop rhetoric and

This article appears as “A Second Amendment Moment” in the July 6, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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