Three variables greatly influence American gun sales: elections, legislation, and mass shootings. The last factor is obvious enough; people don’t want to get shot by a sociopath. The first and second are confusing to those on the left. They really don’t understand why people arm up when an anti-gun politician has a chance of being elected, or gun control legislation looms. Why so proactively paranoid? No one’s coming for your guns! It’s simple enough . . .
Because criminals don’t obey laws, gun control only degrades and destroys the gun rights of people who’ve done nothing wrong. That’s not paranoia, it’s a fact.
Millions of law-abiding citizens in California, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Maryland have lost their right to keep and bear a modern sporting rifle (a.k.a., an “assault rifle”) or use “high capacity magazines” despite the fact that they’re virtually never used to commit crimes.
Gun owners know that they — not criminals, crazies, or terrorists — are in the gun control advocates’ crosshairs. It’s no surprise that law-abiding gun owners purchase the guns they want to own, or may want to own, before statist politicians decide what arms good people are allowed to keep.
It’s not just a matter of practicality. Buying a gun ahead of an anti-gun politician’s ascendancy to power or passage of a new, restrictive gun law is a “vote” for firearms freedom. It’s a middle finger to gun grabbers’ ambitions, a statement of individual liberty. Because I own this, you don’t own me.
Gun owners know that a Clinton presidency will (further) curtail their rights, one way or another. So they’re buying now. The parking lots of gun stores here in Wyoming are full. I’d be surprised if it isn’t like that across the country. And more than a little disappointed.