Buckeyefirearms.org: Top 10 News Items of 2021
In 2021, we published approximately 300 news articles, along with other types of content. Over the years, we have published approximately 13,500 articles, covering elections, legislation, and all manner of events and information of interest to Second Amendment supporters.
Ours is an international audience. Beyond the U.S., we receive the most visits from Canada, United Kingdom, China, Australia, Germany, ;Philippines, South Korea and South Africa.
One quarter of visitors to our website are women. We have visitors of all ages, but most are aged 25 to 64, with 25-34 being the highest percentage of users (yes, the Millennials we're always told by the media hate gun rights). Three-quarters of our visitors access our website on a mobile device or tablet.
We received the most visitors from the following ten cities, in order from 1 to 10: Columbus, Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, and Philadelphia.
As content editor for BuckeyeFirearms.org, I always find it interesting to look back over the year to see which articles captured the most interest.
Here are the Top 10 news items on our site in 2021.
- Leaked ATF Rule Would Upend Firearm Industry
- Ohio’s Changing Knife Laws
- ATF agent sues Columbus police over armed confrontation/tazing incident
- URGENT! Public Comments on ATF “Frame or Receiver” Rule Due by August 19
- House Passes HB 227 to Bring Constitutional Carry to Ohio
- Questioning the Effectiveness of the .380 Auto Cartridge
- Trudeau’s Toxic Gun Ban: No Buy-in to the “Buyback”
- Ohio CHL-holder defends own life when two teens attempt armed robbery
- Governor Signs SB 140 Knife Bill into Law
- Woman forced to shoot man caught performing sex acts in her kitchen
Concerns about gun control, due in part to Joe Biden's ascension to the Presidency, is certainly reflected in our Top 10 news articles, with #1, #4 and #7 addressing concerns about major gun control efforts in the United States and Canada.
Two other of our top ten articles (#2 and #9) weren't about firearms at all, but rather about knives, and a changing law that helps Ohioans who wish to use and carry these tools.
All of this year's hard work by Buckeye Firearms Association and others to move Constitutional Carry towards passage is also reflected in this Top 10, with an article covering passage of HB 227 coming in at #5. The Ohio Senate has also just recently passed its own version of Constitutional Carry, setting up 2022 to be what should become the Year of Constitutional Carry in Ohio.
It should come as no surprise that several Top 10 articles also addressed the use of firearms in various self-defense incidents (#3, #8 and #10), or the ever-popular debate about which cartridges are best for use in self-defense (#6).
What articles and topics will claim the top ten spots in 2022? What articles will make national (or international) news? Only time will tell!
Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.