Episode 9: If 2020 doesn’t convince you to buy a firearm, what will?

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 9

Given the chaos that has defined 2020, it shouldn’t be surprising that somewhere between five and six million Americans have decided to purchase their first firearm this year. And with the uncertainty of our times only increasing, it seems like a safe bet that the “gun culture” in America will expand even further—despite what some politicians might prefer.  

And, according to Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus, that’s actually really good news for our other foundational freedoms, as firearm ownership is essentially a recognition of government’s limitations. (Also, it gives Schaus an opportunity to remind everyone that nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a brand-new AK or AR style rifle under the tree.) 

Editor of Gunpowdermagazine.com, Teresa Mull, joins Schaus to talk about the explosion of interest in firearm ownership, the changing demographics of gun owners, and what threats politicians will bring to bear on this crucial piece of American freedom.  

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    • gunpowdermagazine.com 
    • “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” — The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a conservative talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.