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Sputnik Radio Talks to Mark Dankof on California Gun Sales and Violence in America
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Sunday, November 1, 2020


Sputnik: About 110,000 Californians have bought a gun since the coronavirus arrived, a study says

Sputnik: The survey detected shifts in gun ownership trends. By mid-July, the pandemic was cited as a factor in the purchase of an estimated 110,000 new firearms in the state. What do you associate with this surge in arms purchases?

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Mark Dankof: The recent Forbes article cites “lawlessness” as the biggest factor in the surge in gun sales in California (76% of poll respondents. See https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2020/10/17/gun-sales-surge-in-california-during-coronavirus-pandemic-study-finds/#50bbd9986a4a).

I absolutely believe this to be the case since the urban riots and chaos in the United States subsequent to the George Floyd case. Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington, St. Louis, Seattle, Portland, Kenosha, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are all cases in point. To the extent that COVID-19 is cited as a factor, it merely dovetails with the lawlessness issue in terms of the fears of the public about food shortages and the economic downturn producing more mass criminal behavior.

This problem is exacerbated by the fact that the Democratic administration of these cities has been largely AWOL in using state and local law enforcement and the State National Guard units to put down the rioters, looters, and arsonists. In that environment, along with the Defund the Police movement, more average citizens have come to believe that their only protection in this increasingly anarchistic milieu is to arm themselves as a last line of defense in protecting themselves, their families, and their property.

Sputnik: According to gun retailers, the overwhelming majority of buyers (57%) were people who already owned at least one gun. Why are people suddenly feeling like they need more and more firearms? 

Mark Dankof : The increasing fear of people around the country since May 25th has more folks turning to weaponry that would be effective in urban and suburban situations where armed mobs are operational in circumstances where law enforcement is either outgunned and outnumbered, or where authorities are refusing to deploy the manpower and the weaponry necessary to stop what are essentially groups of Marxist revolutionaries operating under the Black Lives Matter and Antifa organizations.

I haven’t seen statistics on the types of weapons being procured in unprecedented numbers, but am assuming they include AR-15s (the civilian version of the U.S. Army M-16 rifle), AK-47s, 10 and 12 gauge shotguns chambered for 3 inch magnum 00 and 000 buckshot, and high capacity magazine 9 mm, .45 ACP, and .40 SW semi-automatic pistols.

Sputnik: What can be done by local authorities to ensure public safety in this situation?

Mark Dankof: The first business at hand is to use whatever level of force necessary to put down arsonists, looters, and window smashers of any political persuasion. In this particular situation, that is predominantly the Marxist revolutionary left operating in this fashion in cities and states with Democratic Party city and state administrations.


The second order of business is to stop a revolving door justice system that continues to place violent felons back on the street after multiple convictions for weaponry-related offenses and assaults.

The third order of business, longer term, is to understand what has produced this level of lawlessness and anarchistic violence in America and how to reverse these trends. The political Left and Right in the United States are both silent on the implications of living in an Empire increasingly devoid of respect for human life. This is evidenced not only in the embrace of Cultural Marxism and abortion-on-demand in this country in recent decades, but in a militarized and interventionistic foreign policy entirely comfortable with pushing discretionary wars and regime change methodologies around the globe regardless of risk and massive destruction and loss of life. In this regard, the Neo-Conservative Right and the Neo-Liberal Left types who love the Atlantic Council and other organizations of similar ilk are equally guilty. 

Additionally, the sexual and drug revolutions of the United States have produced an epidemic of illegitimate births, nuclear family eclipse, and the demise of religious teaching and discipline in the home, and within a state educational system increasingly comfortable with Marxist PC and atheistic presuppositions. This has produced a present generation whose narcissistic ideology has been wedded to the employment of violence for personal and political purposes devoid of order or transcendent and eternal purpose. 

All of these trends add up to the demise of American culture, spirituality, and commonly shared political and cultural vision. The endgame is a Culture of Death, which expresses itself equally in the abortuary, the decrepit nursing home scene, the military theatres of operation in worthless discretionary wars, and the violence on American urban streets soon to reach the increasingly armed suburbs.

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Sputnik: According to a comparative study of “gun” regulations in various US states, the most stringent rules are in Massachusetts and Hawaii, but six other states, including California, have a second category of severity regarding firearm possession. Why are we seeing such a surge in the acquisition of weapons, particularly in California, given the fact that the general population of the state  is not so supportive of carrying weapons?

Mark Dankof: I believe it has dawned on more Californians that mob violence and the inertia of authorities in deploying the police and the State Guard to protect the innocent, have necessitated more armed citizens in that state and elsewhere. The present situation in the United States is not unlike that which existed in Russia in the run-up to the Bolshevik Revolution. How this dreadful situation is resolved is anyone’s guess. It will be a tumultuous ride.

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