A lot of Americans decided to get off the fence and buy their first firearm(s) when a national emergency was declared in March. You can read the accounts of a couple of those people here and here.
They came to decide what many gun owners have known all along. That in a critical situation, with law enforcement officers sick, overwhelmed, or otherwise occupied, Americans are their own first responders. No one is able to rescue you, your family in the amount of time it takes for police to respond to a 911 call in normal times, let alone during a pandemic.
And now, with the nation just starting to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns, the killing of George Floyd has ignited the kind of nationwide unrest America hasn’t seen since the late 1960’s.
State and local elected officials have been wholly unable or unwilling (or both) to deal with the extent of the violence which, particularly in Minneapolis, has expanded far beyond a reaction to the Floyd’s death.
Minneapolis’s feckless mayor could do little more than babble incoherently before television cameras. And Minnesota Governor Tim Walz admitted last night that that he completely underestimated both the motivation behind and the extent of the violence.