Time to light-up a celebratory cigar. “Gun production has more than doubled under President Barack Obama’s administration, according to a report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” al.com reports. “The ATF’s annual firearms commerce report includes the number of guns manufactured in the U.S. with data going back to 1986.” My J school professor told me to never to put stats in the lead ‘graph (one course, I swear). So you’ll have to click on the link or make the jump to savor the data. Suffice it to say, not only have gun rights advocates pushed back the anti-gunners on the national level and expanded gun rights in half a dozen states (though losing ground in the usual places), they’ve also . . .
bolstered the production of firearms. No small thanks to the anti-gunners who not only bring countless bloody example of firearms-related crime to the nation’s attention, but constantly tie the victimization to the threat of civilian disarmament. By the numbers:
The report shows an increase in firearms manufacturing of more than 100 percent within the last four years. In 2010, more than 5.4 million firearms were manufactured. That number grew to 10.8 million in 2013, the most recent year for which statistics were available.
In comparison, the number of guns manufactured declined by 9 percent under Bill Clinton and grew 18 percent under George W. Bush. Obama’s two terms have seen an increase of 140 percent to 10.8 million firearms, The Hill reports.
Pistols are the most popular type of gun, accounting for 4.4 million of the firearms made in 2013, according to the report. Meanwhile, gun manufacturers produced 3.9 million rifles and 1.2 million shotguns. Both of those figures represent a massive upswing under the Obama administration.
That last stat continues a nearly ten-year trend: pistols rule. And that’s because they are arguably the best firearm for personal defense. Unless, of course, you’re defending against government tyranny in the worst of all possible worlds. Which could be why “assault rifle” sales are almost as robust.
So the next time you’re infuriated by anti-gun agitprop, just remember it’s working for people interested in the truth about guns.