Liberals always blame gun sales increases on the NRA. But people don’t need inspiration from the gun manufacturers and lobbyists in order to go out and buy guns. All they need is some tragedy to happen and then the predictable calls from the left to create more restrictions on guns, as if guns are the only means to carry out violent acts. Guns do make violent acts easier, but that’s also why guns need to be in the hands of law-abiding citizens.
Liberals always take advantage of tragedies involving guns in order to push for more gun control. When that happens, that’s when people stock up on guns and ammo. It’s not the NRA. For this reason, people in the gun manufacturing industry have half-jokingly referred to Obama as the greatest gun salesman of all time. From USA Today:
Newly released August records show that the FBI posted 1.7 million background checks required of gun purchasers at federally licensed dealers, the highest number recorded in any August since gun checks began in 1998. The numbers follow new monthly highs for June (1.5 million) and July (1.6 million), a period which spans a series of deadly gun attacks — from Charleston to Roanoke — and proposals for additional firearm legislation.
While the FBI does not track actual gun sales, as multiple firearms can be included in a transaction by a single buyer, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System’s numbers are an indicator of a market upswing in the face of growing anxiety about access to guns.
“Whenever there is a call for gun control, sales increase,” said Larry Keane, general counsel for the firearm industry trade association National Shooting Sports Foundation. “Unfortunately, this is a pattern that repeats itself.”
I think the spike in gun sales has a good deal to do with liberals’ renewed calls for gun control. But also, anytime there’s a tragedy or news of mayhem and civil disorder as we’ve seen in recent riots, that renews people’s desires to arm themselves for protection. People know that those situations can happen anywhere, and if (and when) it happens to them, they want to be armed.
For instance, Ferguson saw a 300% increase in gun sales following the rioting that happened there earlier this year. Newtown, Connecticut experienced a similar jump in gun sales the year following the mass murder at Sandy Hook. Aurora, Colorado, same thing.
When you think about it, gun sales wouldn’t be going up if liberals didn’t try to politicize tragedies, and if the national media didn’t over-sensationalize tragedies the way they do. If they treated them as they do any other news event, people wouldn’t go crazy stocking up on ammo and guns. If the left is dismayed by these “paranoid” gun owners, it’s their own fault.