New Explanation for Gun Sales Surge: Baby Boomers Go Bang

Gun sales are up. NICS background checks are up. Firearms carry permit applications are up. TTAG’s readership numbers are up. The whole damn firearms industry is experiencing unprecedented priapism, a trend that started just before President Obama’s election and continued right through to 20 minutes ago. In previous posts we’ve suggested a perfect storm of reasons: the post-Heller decision rollback of gun restrictions, an resurgent gun culture (aided and abetted by the Internet and videogames), common sense and ye olde fear of gun grabbing. Here’s one I missed. “The biggest new group of buyers now are senior citizens,” Larry Hyatt, owner of a North Carolina gun shop, said on CNBC’s Closing Bell [above]. “Ten thousand Baby Boomers a day are turning 65; they can’t run, they can’t fight, they got to shoot.” Shooting is fighting but point taken: talking about my g-g-g-g-eneration.