Editor’s Note – By now, it is obvious to most Americans that Obama is not a fan of the second amendment, nor is anyone in his administration. In fact, many contribute the Fast and Furious scandal to that end.
The problem many see for the second amendment now is that Obama has received a bounce from the DNC despite dismal economic and unemployment news on Friday. Therefore, its not a stretch to assume that booming gun sales are a result of gun owners fears of what an unfettered second term for Obama may mean. Polls defy gravity, and Obama has a lock on much of his base, the only question is whether they will come out in force as they did in 2008.
Since the electorate is so polarized, it comes down to turnout, and slicing off just enough of the small number of the undecided in battleground states to seal the deal one way or the other. Meanwhile, Americans are not taking chances and are once again buying guns and ammunition in volume.
Smith & Wesson stock Friday was zooming, thanks to a stellar earnings report. The firearms maker also boosted its outlook for the rest of the year. Because of the strong business, its backlog of orders more than doubled from the same quarter last year, the company is concentrating on boosting production and building inventory.
“We are underserving the market at this moment, we all know that, and that’s a great opportunity going forward for us,” CEO James Debney said in a conference call with analysts.
And another gun maker, Sturm, Ruger & Co., also hit a milestone of sorts in terms of meeting consumer demand. It produced its one-millionth gun of the year…well ahead of last year’s pace.
What’s driving the demand that has gun makers cranking up production?
Speculation has focused on fears of a coming regulatory crackdown on gun ownership. Liberal administrations tend to be anti-gun and so, the thinking goes, an Obama re-election would set the stage for stricter gun purchasing requirements. Hence, people are buying now in anticipation of difficulty later.
Editor’s Note – Once again, SUA would like to point out to our readers that it is vitally important to do just a small amount of research when one hears some rosy picture being painted by politicians, especially about the economy and jobs. When one hears about a banner ‘Black Friday’, its easy to say: Good News!
But when you peel back the top layer, you find out that one reason for the supposed great number of Christmas sales was the fact that people are scared, how so?…by the product they choose over toys to buy, in record numbers, and at all times, the Christmas season.
When you have only so many dollars to spend, and you decide between food, or toys…or dare we say…guns and ammo…that speaks volumes. What are we afraid of? Ahem, people are afraid of total chaos…an economy about to completely go to the land of the ‘unexplained’, at least on a political basis.
The theme this year is…2012, are the stories true? Or is it a case of the self-fulfilling prophecy of gloom and doom? With so many ‘trigger’ points across the globe and at home, people are scared – guns’n ammo scared!
Those who wish to take advantage of such talk…will indeed take advantage, its the power they crave. Watch people like Iran’s Ahmadinejad…the original “12’er”, planning on the Mahdi arriving, in a world of chaos. They are planning on it, predictions or tales, either true or not, they plan to make it true!
When you read this article, dig beneath the suppositions as well; just like other numbers, the story is hidden beneath. They are grasping at straws, because they have no numbers on who was buying, but be assured, they are buying…legally!
This is not Fast & Furious at the border, these are your neighbors, and just maybe, its not about criminals, maybe its about who has the power – read – martial law someday…coming to a store near you?
December holiday shoppers were not just interested in buying the hottest electronics and toys — they also were purchasing record numbers of guns, according to the latest FBI figures on background checks required to buy firearms.
With a few days left in December, the FBI reports the number of background checks has already topped the previous one-month record — set only in November — of 1,534,414 inquiries by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System also known as NICS. Almost half a million checks were done in just the last six days before Christmas.
Two days before Christmas, NICS ran 102,222 background checks, which was the second-busiest day in history. The one-day record was set this year on Black Friday, the big shopping day following Thanksgiving, with 129,166 searches. By comparison, the previous one-day high was set November 28, 2008, when gun dealers made slightly less than 98,000 requests for background searches.
It’s not possible to tell exactly how many guns have been purchased because buyers often take home more than one gun. But most people pass the background checks. Only 1.3% of the searches result in people being denied permission to buy a weapon, said FBI spokesman Steve Fischer.
FBI officials did not offer a theory on the spike in gun sales. It’s also not clear how many of the background checks were for people who never had owned guns before and how many were for gunowners adding to their collections.
The National Rifle Association says the figures indicate more people feel they need guns for self defense.
“I think there’s an increased realization that when something bad occurs, it’s going to be between them and the criminal,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN. Arulandandum said Americans realize police cannot be everywhere there’s trouble and also that some officers are being laid off due to budget cutting.
The NRA spokesman also said an increased number of Americans are participating in skeet shooting and other gun sports.
A leading gun-control organization says repeat buyers most likely are responsible for the holiday surge in guns sales.
“The research we’ve seen indicates fewer and fewer people are owning more and more guns,” said Caroline Brewer of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “All the trends indicate the number of Americans who own guns has declined.”
“It would appear because of fear-mongering by the NRA since (President Barack) Obama’s election that people are adding more guns to their arsenals out of fear Obama and the Democrats will take away their guns, which is absurd,” said Brewer.
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