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“The gun industry is struggling with good times,” reports with Zimmerman-esque sarcasm. “Firearm sales are soaring. Gun company stocks are way up, despite a market-wide January slump. But as gun makers, wholesalers, and retailers gather in Las Vegas for their annual industry convention, leading executives are striving to accentuate the negative.” Question: why wouldn’t they? The Democratic party’s nominees have launched a full-on assault on the firearms industry, promising to repeal The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. A law that shields the gun business from death by ambulance chasers. That’s not the way Bloomie’s man Paul Barrett sees it . . .

Why the disconnect—intense self-pity during a period of good fortune? The contradiction lies at the heart of a business that thrives on playing defense.

The perceived threat of stiffer gun control laws historically drives buyers to the stores to stock up on firearms and ammunition. There was much talk yesterday at the Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show about the continuing “Obama surge.” The phrase refers to a rise in sales tied to the perception that the president will implement tougher gun regulation, even though that hasn’t come to pass. Changes he proposed earlier this month following another year of gun massacres flesh out existing laws—and only at the margins. By keeping the focus on the potential for more aggressive gun control, the NSSF, like its sister organization, the better-known National Rifle Association, stokes fear that results in higher revenue.

That’s one theory. Here’s another: just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. As NSSF Prez Steve Sanetti told members gathered for the lobby group’s annual rubber chicken dinner, the Democrats have never been this blatantly confrontational, this openly antagonistic.

And who’s fueling this anti-firearms freedom frenzy? The man who signs Mr. Barrett’s paycheck. Coincidence, surely. And yes I just called you Shirley.

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  1. *Farting noises*

    Let them speculate all they want. I just got my rem 700 build done. Now if that can would hurry up and get approved.

    • I celebrate every vapid, screeching Bloomburg article by reloading another 50 rounds of whatever caliber my press is set up for.

      • that going to take up most of your spare time i think, given that this is a election year and all that.

  2. Well, then, stop threatening stiffer gun control laws and there won’t be threats to perceive. Works for me.

    • The article completely ignores the state level laws which have been passed which significantly impacted 2A civil rights in places like California, Massachusetts, Connecticut etc.

  3. Isn’t that just dandy, Bloomberg is a freaking moron So out of touch with the people of the United States of America it’s ridiculous. Most of which caused by his billionaire status like he hangs out with people from around the corner of his house or something or talks to people at the grocery market give me a freakin break! He’s a big 0. I don’t care how much money the guy has! To Michael Bloomberg you can kiss my white ass And you can tell him I said that!

    • Bloomberg understands Americans pretty well. He just wants absolute control over everything everyone does. He is the embodiment of all the evils of both big business and big government.

    • A – fu’ng- men!

      The proposed laws working their way through the legislature are ridiculous.

  4. That article makes it sound like they have someone at the Show. Somehow I don’t see that happening.. I mean all those guns out in the open for anyone to see would send any of them into quivering fits and put them at risk of drowning in their own drool.

    • There’s a few quislings in our ranks who’d take Bloomberg’s nickel and report from SHOT. And what’s to say the SHOT honchos didn’t sign off on a press pass for a Bloomberg reporter? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer and all that…

  5. I bet Bloomy’s flunky really has to grit his teeth when he’s told to write about the booming, profitable firearms industry, stoked (in part) by the anxiety generated by his dear boss.

  6. Hmmm…a NY billionaire who wants control? Sound familiar? “Former” republican? Or “former” dumbocrat…I wonder if anyone can see the similarities between his hairness and his shortness? I trust each one “about” equally…

  7. I would love to hear a speech at the SHOT show. In which the idustry refuse to support and supply all fed. And local angency. Until it puts pressure on the goverment to fix the infringments on WE THE PEOPLES rights.

    • I’d die happy if that happened. However, it won’t happen because the people running companies (other than Barrett) give up all principles in the pursuit of more money.

  8. Thanks to the SHOT Show I just got 500 rds of 5.56 from Freedom Munitions with their 5% off all ammo SHOT discount. With shipping, 34 cents a round.

  9. Breaking News: Who the fug cares what Bloomberg thinks? Stop giving our inept enemies free publicity. I’d rather read about what’s new at SHOT Show, than read about how bitter disassociaters feel about the event. I might as well read a Luddite’s take on the “Terminator” franchise.

  10. “…striving to accentuate the negative…”

    Oh, sort of like how the homicide rate is at a historic low, and most other violent crimes are as well, but all we ever hear out of Bloomberg’s minions and the Disarmer-In-Chief is how we’re suffering from a “gun violence epidemic”?

  11. The new gun surge is better than the Toomy/Manchin surge because all those people who couldn’t resell their ARs at a markup became gun guys anyway (kinda no choice). This means the new wave is more likely to actually want the guns to begin with, and not mostly profiteers. And by buying up all the .22 the entry calibers are higher.

  12. I rode on the Shot Show hotel shuttle with a group of really nice folks from Australia. The POTUS can praise the moves that they have made in gun control but I shutter to think we could someday face the same restrictions. The pile of paperwork and bureaucracy he has to endure, and the limitations on what can be “brought home” made me sick. Freedoms are not free. If you want to think about how far “shall not be infringed” had gone think back when you could go into a Coast-to-Coast – pick up a gun on a shelf, decide to buy it, buy it that day and walk out. Remember on the way home you were running short on shells so you had your friend (16 years old) pull over at the next gas station to pick up a box of shells. The next day at school openly talk about your excitement and take a trip to your friends car at lunch to show the others your new gun. All of that and never an issue of your possible ill intent. Think about your own experiences and ponder what freedoms you have already given up.

    • You must have run into some of overseas visitors that I bumped into at lunch. Good god some of restrictions in other countries must certainly led to a lot of basement builds.

  13. I never understood the insinuation that the NRA is the only side of the argument that thrives on fear.
    The whole anti-gun movement revolves around fear, the fear of what someone might do with a gun.

    If the industry was fearful of new laws then it wouldn’t be heavily invested in developing new products. It knows that gun ownership is a protected right. If people were fearful of losing their rights or having weapons confiscated, they wouldn’t be buying so many.
    The ones making the most noise about blood running in the streets is those who are against ownership in the first place.

  14. here is how we win:
    take your friends shooting, especially foreigners and big city people who have never shot before.
    US ranges need to get more new customers renting guns, who will then buy.
    let everybody know that most of the world, including England, Mexico and Canada, OUTLAWED self-defense weapons for civilians (pepper spray, electroshock…) and severely restricted gun rights.
    i recommend becoming an NRA Range Safety Officer & member. they need us. you can afford giving them $70 a year. lastly, if you know some idiot who owns guns, but doesn’t care about politics and just wants to film dumb shooting videos for Youtube, tell them to WAKE THE FCK UP

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