Right after the Umpqua Community College shooting last week, President Barack Obama called for more gun control. In fact, he even hinted at mass confiscation of firearms. Reports followed that the Obama administration was planning to use executive orders to pass tighter gun measures.
But instead of worrying about being put out of business, gun dealers should be thanking the president. Once again, gun control talk has led to guns flying off of shelves. The Independent reports that gun sales are on pace to beat the record set in 2013:
Gun sales this year could exceed record sales reached in 2013, after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which left 27 people dead including 20 children.
In the first nine months of this year 15.6 million background checks to buy guns from federally licensed sellers have been undertaken, compared to 15.5 million in the same period in 2013, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. …
Strong sales this year have also boosted the earnings for the two of the largest gun manufacturers in the US. Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co have seen their stocks rise this year by over 73 per cent and 63 per cent respectively, according to the Financial Times.
There seems to be a correlation between Democrats making gun control threats and gun sales. President Obama has even been given the title “Gun Salesman of The Decade.” Domestic gun production has doubled since Obama became president.
A glance at some of the online gun retailers also show they’re running out of many gun models. The ones still in stock are mostly more expensive or customized firearms.
If the purpose is to cut down the number of firearms in circulation, President Obama has been an absolute failure. Not only can he not get any gun control legislation passed, but whenever such legislation comes up, gun owners go out and buy more. Maybe that also goes to the fact that Americans just don’t trust their government.
In any event, it doesn’t appear that gun owners are willing to give up their guns so easily.