when you lose the best gun salesman in history and his protege you are bound to see a drop in gun sales. People are just not as panicked about their ability to buy a gun. The threat was indeed very real, but for the moment it is gone. We still need to be vigilant, but the immediate threat is gone.
The truth is that Obama paved the way and Hillary was quite open about taking your 2nd ammendment rights. And a recent academic study found 740,000 defensive gun uses per year. 740 thousand! Think about that for a moment. Even if it is half that, the number is still mind-blowing. But it is not half that.
Trump a threat to gun rights? Not so much. He looks like he will at least stop curtailing them. And states are getting more pro-gun all the time–I think eight states just joined Vermont in passing “Constitutional Carry” rules–you can carry concealed without a permit in these states (including my own). Nationwide reciprocty is gaining steam, and then what do you do with people whose states do not require a permit? Does this looke like national Constitutional Carry?
In my state there is an “enhanced” carry permit. Will I need that to carry in, say, California if there is reciprocity? And if so, what stops those who want to carry in CA from just getting an “enhanced” permit from my state (which would allow them to carry concealed in CA) now? I’m sure there are many states who would be happy to take your $30 bucks for a permit to carry in their state. Then CA has to honor it.
And then there’s the Equal Protection issue of when Joe Schmoe from Kentucky can legally carry in your state because he is visiting from Kentucky and has a Kentucky permit but your own citizens can’t because they live in CA. What the heck? And what if they were in the military and got a permit when they were at Camp Lejeune in NC and then were transferred to Camp Pendleton in CA?
So when it looked as though Hillary would win, the prudent thing was to buy as many guns and as much ammo as you could. But Trump is not a threat to gun rights, so there’s now no mad dash to get a gun while you can. Hence, gun sales decrease.
But here’s the “money” issue: At least some of these recent purchasers (and there are a TON of them) are first-time gun owners. So gun ownership has expanded in terms of the “footprint.” And many of those who were not first-time gun owners have historically been “casual” gun owners. But maybe not any longer. Now there are many new owners as well, and the number of gun owners per thousand has increased greatly.
And some of theses people from both groups will become avid gun hobbyists. And the overwhelming majority of all those new owners and “activated” previous owners will be, in the long term, quite sympathetic to gun rights issues, if not actual activists. All these people will be primed to defend the 2nd Amendment. And they will be less likely to have a knee-jerk accptance of Leftism–and to be sympthetic to Democrats in general.
So Obama’s anti-gun behaviors and Hillary’s anti-gun rhetoric have actually increased both gun ownership and 2nd Amendment boosterism, as well as latent support for gun ownership and use and a tendency toward Republicanism and against Democrats. Things have been (dare I say it?) fundamentally transformed.
And so perhaps for the first time I can say without bitter irony, “Thanks, Obama! Thanks Hillary!” Funny that when you “kick” something right and true in an effort to knock it down, you end up “kicking” it up the stairs.