Quote of the Day: Trending Up Edition

“There’s two things going on, you’ve got this sort of fear that someone’s going to take away my gun. That’s one side of it. But more broadly, gun ownership in the US is becoming the norm.” Dougherty & Co. analyst Andrea James, The depressing reality of America’s gun industry: It’s probably still a good investment [at quartz.com]


  1. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

    She says ‘depressing’, I say ‘uplifting’. Tomato, rhubard pie….

    1. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

      1.) Article is written by a man, Dan picked off the last quote of the article where the author was interviewing an analyst
      2.) It’s depressing if you are into short selling gun stocks (not the wood or plastic kind).
      3.) It’s depressing if you are into gun control

      1. avatar Amagi1776 says:

        It’s awesome if you are you or me.

    2. avatar DonS says:

      Andrea James (pictured above) didn’t say “depressing”. That word only appears in the title of the linked article, written by someone called John McDuling.

      1. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

        McDuling wasn’t credited with writing the article in the TTAG post. Jeesh, remind me never to be the first response again….

    3. avatar Matt in Maine (formerly SD) says:

      Please put me in for a rhubarb pie. K THX.

  2. avatar The Original Brad says:

    “But more broadly, gun ownership in the US is becoming the norm,” James tells Quartz.

    Is this an admission of defeat by the leftist media? Or is it a financial magazine just starting what the facts show? Either way, I don’t care. I am happy to see it in black and white.

    1. avatar Hobbez says:

      IMO, this is the core of this whole argument. Firearms ownership has ALWAYS been the norm except in liberal enclaves such as big cities. They are the outsiders in this equation, they just don’t realize it. Maybe some of them are finally starting to get it….maybe…..

      1. avatar Venator Magnus says:

        “Firearms ownership has ALWAYS been the norm except in liberal enclaves such as big cities.”

        Lots of people own firearms in liberal enclaves like Chicago, Birmingham, Detroit, and St. Louis, although most of them couldn’t pass (or read, for that matter) a Form 4473 if they tried.

        1. avatar IdahoPete says:

          Let me try a correction: “Firearms ownership has ALWAYS been the norm except in highly-protected liberal enclaves WITHIN big cities. The big-city criminals always had, and still have, lots of guns. Because, like, they are criminals – you know, people who do not obey laws?”

    2. avatar NWGlocker says:


      Normalizing the gun culture in traditionally anti-gun regions is one of the biggest challenges now. Reading her comment (her bio says she lives in Seattle) definitely gives me hope. The headline by John? notsomuch

  3. avatar PeterC says:

    So far, Sturm, Ruger has been a better investment than gold.

    1. avatar Bret says:

      Lead travels faster than gold.

      1. avatar SteveInCO says:

        It depends on the powder charge.

        I understand that Russian peasants near a certain spot in the Ural mountains would find grayish nuggets on the ground, and use them for shot out of their double barrels (or whatever style it was), since they clearly weren’t silver nuggets. They couldn’t get the things to melt (far too high a melting point) and actually cast bullets, though.

        In point of fact they were platinum nuggets. But back then platinum wasn’t terribly pricey (though still more than silver IF you could find the right individuals to sell to) since most of its modern-day uses were unknown back then.

      2. avatar Blue says:

        I don’t know, I have never shot gold. Silver moves pretty fast though.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          Just ask the Lone Ranger.

    2. avatar IdahoPete says:

      Same for .22LR ammo ….

  4. avatar gs650g says:

    I saw a Chinese couple filling out a 4474 for a shotgun yesterday in the LGS. She was 8 months pregnant and they just became US citizens. Fear of bad people brought them to the US and fear of goons in their neighborhood brought them to the store. In my brief conversation with them I suggested they sign up for classes and learn the rules about gun use. They were both engineers and very educated. They were also realists.
    It was interesting to me that new citizens exercised their 2A rights out of realistic observations. In China people are at the mercy of not just criminals but local corrupt police. I lived in that part of the world and it’s a different mindset.
    When 75% own guns in America the debate will not exist. Just like entitlement programs a majority of members ends repeal. It is this race against numbers that scares the Anti’s.

    1. avatar Jandrews says:

      A LOT of foreign nationals that come to the US do so because despite what our media and lefty politicians try to say, life is MUCH worse in most of the rest of the world. Western Europe may have roughly the same standard of living as we do here in the states, but major developing economies (BRIC countries, for example) have a *lot* of people who are gaining social mobility and using those resources to get the fuck out of their impoverish province.

      Millions, maybe even billions, throughout the rest of the world would like to be armed to protect themselves; but they can’t be, because weapons ownership is illegal where they live and exercising their right would present more danger to them than going unarmed.

      Only growing up here, in the suburbs of California, can a person be “educated” to think that America needs gun control so we can be “like the rest of the world” that has so much less gun crime.

    2. avatar Adub says:

      I think of a little Asian woman shooting a shotgun and cringe at the prospect of that recoil.

      1. avatar NWGlocker says:

        At the same time, though, I wouldn’t understimate petite shooters. That said, I’m not so sure about firing a shotgun while you’re 8 months pregnant. Hope she gets training– after she delivers the baby.

      2. avatar akira says:

        Il Ling New: look her up.

      3. avatar JoshinGA says:

        Could be something like a 20 gauge. The original comment never specified…

      4. I stood next to Gabby Franco at the SHOT Show last year. I don’t think she’s 5 feet tall in heels. She can handle herself pretty well with a booomstick.


        1. avatar NWGlocker says:

          darn it. that was a spoiler for me. trying to get caught up with season 4

      5. avatar Jim R says:

        I’ve seen petite people handle bigger guns. It really comes down to background and training.

      6. avatar GS650G says:

        Her husband wasn’t pregnant. It was a couple not one person.

  5. avatar Jan Pierce says:

    Thanks for linking to the article. This is an example of good, solid, objective, usable information. The conclusions reached warm my heart.

  6. avatar jwm says:

    When constitutional carry is recognised as the law of the land the gun companies won’t be able to keep up with demand.

    1. avatar JoshinGA says:

      Ruger is already behind on more than 2 million orders. Glock was behind nearly a million orders in March of this year. Pass constitutional carry and the market for small, concealable handguns, that is already healthy, will explode.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        If it’s constitutional carry there won’t be a need to stay concealed. It would be personal choice. I could see a call for duty size sidearms in that situation.

        1. avatar SteveInCO says:

          Indeed–and I don’t like most “sub compacts” so that will be a good day.

      2. avatar Eric says:

        One does not pass Constitutional carry. It gets reinstated.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          I said when it was “recognised”. 2a has always been the law of the land. And bit by bit we’re returning it to that status.

        2. avatar Eric says:

          That would be why my reply was to JoshinGA, not you.

        3. avatar Blue says:


  7. avatar Accur81 says:

    From the linked article “a sobering reality check for anyone in favor of gun control.” Here’s to hoping those who favor gun control continue to have reality checks.

    1. avatar great unknown says:

      “[S]obering reality check…” is so appropriate, since [most] gun grabbers are divorced from reality and talk like they’re drunk.

      As far as “checks”, many of them seem to be getting them from Bloomberg.

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Unfortunately the MSM will bury this. Can’t contradict the manufactured reality in the major metro markets…

      Oh BTW, even Anonymous doesn’t like the MSM:

    3. avatar Cliff H says:

      Or remain or become sober.

  8. avatar Jim R says:

    If you’re a statist or a hoplophobe yeah, I can see how this news would be disheartening. Me? I couldn’t be happier.

    Actually that’s a lie. If this trend continues AND I win the grand prize in that NRA sweepstakes, THEN I couldn’t be happier.

  9. avatar GS650G says:

    How many liberals own guns themselves but keep it to themselves? The recent exposure of gun owners in New York showed even a blue voting area had a lot of heaters.

  10. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    There is no way I’d short sell any of those shares just yet. I’ll keep riding this wave for now.

  11. avatar gloomhound says:

    Guns make great Christmas presents for responsible friends and family members that don’t own any.

    I’m just saying.

  12. avatar Matt in FL says:

    The only thing depressing is how that girl would feel after a couple minutes of me giving it my best shot, ifyouknowwhatimeanandithinkyoudo.


    1. avatar Jeff says:

      girls have cooties

    2. avatar ropingdown says:

      [I thought we were done with the “oh, and by the way, she’s physically attractive” bit. Laugh.]
      She was right about Tesla, and she’s probably right about the growing new normal.

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        Yeah, that’s why I did it. You know that guy that always takes the joke too far?

  13. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Oh, great article, by the way. All the bad news (which is all that really gets the press, even if it’s not warranted) gets old after a while.

  14. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    The title doesn’t fit the article

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      To the assclown who wrote the headline it surely does. Someone’s evaluation (good/bad) of a bit of information will be colored by their beliefs in what’s good or bad, and this guy has the wrong beliefs.

      The real problem here is the wrong guy wrote the headline.

  15. avatar Joseph B Campbell says:

    Oh, are we being trendy now. How about chasing people around town on motorcycles scaring them with your stunts? Then hauling them out of their vehicles and beating them up? I know let’s skip the vehicle altogether and play a game of knock out. I’ll run up behind you and sucker punch you and see if I can knock you out. Our me and my buds will chase you through town until you can’t run or scream anymore and then… Those are the trends going around! Yes, I am trendy, but you will never know it.

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