Last week, actress Alyssa Milano had a message for America: stop the coronavirus gun surge.
The former star of “Charmed” and “Who’s the Boss” took to Twitter to make her plea.
“Americans bought over 2 million firearms in March of 2020, over a million more than this time last year,” Milano exclaimed. “We have to keep each other safe by social distancing and washing our hands and not bringing dangerous firearms into our homes.”
Americans bought over 2 million firearms in March of 2020, over a million more than this time last year. We have to keep each other safe by social distancing and washing our hands and not bringing dangerous firearms into our homes. #StopTheCoronavirusGunSurge #NoRA pic.twitter.com/O5J98QXTFO— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 9, 2020
“I know that we are all scared and really stressed out during these uncertain times,” Milano continued. “But that’s exactly why stockpiling weapons could have dire consequences for our own personal safety and those around us.”
The notion that people are “stockpiling” weapons is probably a gross misreading of what’s really going on out there.
What’s most likely happening is that tens of thousands of 2A fence-sitters who’ve thought about buying a gun in the past but never pulled the trigger (forgive the pun) decided that now would be a good time to purchase their first firearm.
And they’re not wrong for thinking this way. After all, we are in the midst of a global pandemic where police around the country are ticketing lawbreakers instead of arresting them and releasing inmates from jail all in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19,
These first-time buyers are not hoarding firearms at all but buying one or two for home defense and personal protection. What Milano doesn’t consider is that the vast majority of these individuals are law-abiding citizens that will undergo an FBI background check at the point of sale from their local gun dealer.
Felons, mental defectives, minors, illegal aliens, among others, will all fail the NICS background check and be prohibited from taking possession of the firearm.
What we’re witnessing is not panic-buying per se but responsible people waking up to the reality that they are — not the government — ultimately charged with protecting themselves and their loved ones. The Nannystate, despite what the Left says, will not be there to save their hide should a looter, burglar or, worse yet, violent offender victimize them during this crisis.
Milano doesn’t see it this way.
“You know, the weapons that people are buying today could end up being used in households, schools, churches, bars and on our streets in the future,” she said. “So we all have to look out for each other. Please, please, please share this video to help stop the coronavirus gun surge. We can’t lose any more lives to guns during this pandemic or after it’s over.”
She’s so fixated on the fact that guns are being sold she forgets to consider who is actually buying them. Because by and large, it’s not prohibited persons. It’s not people who are going to shoot up a school. As mentioned, it’s reasonably concerned citizens who recognize — what many of us longtime, “stockpiling” gun owners already knew — personal defense is the prerogative of the individual, not the state.