reason.com presented the above chart under the headline The Impossibility of Gun Control, In One Image. Uh, no. Gun control is never impossible. Inadvisable? Of course. Inexcusable? Certainly. Unconstitutional? Obviously. But always possible. As long as this country is home to elitist statists – redundant, yes, but it bears repeating – there’s a chance that perfidious politicians will infringe upon Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Ipso facto California. As for Reason writer J.D. Tuccille’s contention that the CA gun sales chart indicates the indefatigability of firearms freedom . . .
no. At least not for gun control advocates.
Ever since the pre-Obama gun sales surge, though to the post-Obama Sandy Hook gun sales surge, the antis have been claiming that the trend simply reflects “gun nuts'” desire to stockpile as many firearms as possible. This despite the fact that concealed carry permit applications have been ascending like a skyark and industry stats showing that women newbies account for 35% of all new sales.
So the above chart is only mildly incendiary (if such a thing is possible) for gun control advocates. But it should be inflammatory for pro-gun folks. One million sales for a population of 38.8 million [legal] Californians? Could be better! Would be better if the Golden State gun laws weren’t a stain on American liberty.
Meanwhile, the Texas Senate has followed other states’ lead and passed a bill creating a tax-free weekend for guns and ammo sales. The numbers from that event will surely have an incendiary effect on Californian and national gun control advocates. Well not the desired effect – the antis’ will pile on the bile – but an effect nonetheless. Can’t wait.