“Earlier this year the gun researchers at Harvard and Northeastern broke into the news with a survey of gun owners which showed that a group of what are called ‘super owners,’ representing 15 percent of all gun owners, now own on average at least 17 guns,” Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser writes at huffingtonpost.com. “Meanwhile, the percentage of American homes containing firearms continues to go down.” Well . . .
According to the recent CBS News poll, 40 percent of American households queried sheltered someone who owns a pistol, rifle of shotgun. Back in June 2016, CBS News pegged U.S. gun ownership at 36 percent. I make that a four percent rise.
Margin of error? Perhaps. Respondents lying to pollsters? Maybe. But the simple fact remains: American gun culture is alive and well — even if it’s largely propelled by “super owners.” A fact that Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser wishes away thus:
I’m willing to bet that most of [the “super owners”] are older rather than younger and have been buying guns for years.
This past weekend I went to a gun show and noticed that virtually everyone wandering around looking at guns, gun parts, ammunition, holsters and assorted crap were men in their ’50s and ’60s, a consumer group that can hardly be said to represent future growth for the gun industry, or any industry based on consumer sales.
Translation: anecdotal gun show demographics prove that American gun owners are OFWGs (like Mr. Weisser). They’re dying off, taking interest in guns and gun ownership with them.
True story? Doubtful.
Look at the popular culture. Hollywood and TV is as gun-centric as ever. I said, look at . . .
Anyway, gun-based video games — where young ‘uns shoot guns! — are massive. In its first three days of availability, Call of Duty: WW2 racked-up half a billion dollars in sales. OK, that’s $50m less than the numbers achieved by Call of Duty: Black Ops III, but it still highlights Mr. Weisser’s willful ignorance:
When I was a kid, starting at age 6 or 7, I always wore my Lone Ranger hat and toy gun. Now kids at that age are playing with electronic devices; my 12-year-old grandson just got his first droid.
For those folks who have been fighting the GVP [ED: don’t ask] battle against what they consider to be overwhelming odds, they might step back for a moment and consider that there’s one factor working in their favor, and that’s something called time. And the gun industry can’t do anything to stop time from moving forward, no matter how deep gun prices are slashed.
Again, this is nothing but wishful thinking. If national reciprocity is passed, if the Supreme Court finally strikes down “may issue” concealed carry permitting, gun sales will spread through the general population and fly like an eagle.
One thing’s for sure: at least half of the half-or-so of Americans (of all ages) who owns guns will go all cold dead hands if disarmists like Mike try to regulate their guns to death. Then again, maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part . . .