The FBI has released the final numbers for 2017 gun sales. While 2016’s sales record of 27 million still stands, last year’s 25,235,215 comes in second by a mere eight percent. While the mainstream media claimed a steep decline in firearm sales, those fake news reports proved nothing more than wishful thinking. From the Washington Post (where Democracy dies in darkness):
BOSSIER CITY, La. — Sales of guns and ammunition in the United States have dropped precipitously since Election Day, according to FBI statistics, trade groups, gun shop owners and corporate reports, what many say is the result of electing a president who has vowed to protect gun rights.
Sales of guns and ammunition dropped precipitously? If eight percent is a precipitous drop, what does the Washington Post consider the 17 percent loss of Democrats in the US Senate under Barack Obama? Or the 24 percent fewer Democrats in Congress in that same time?
And speaking of precipitous drops, how about the 48 percent decline in accidental firearms deaths from 1999 to 2015? Doesn’t 48 percent sound a lot closer to ‘precipitous’ than eight percent? The LA Times reports:
Gun violence has received no shortage of attention. But one bright spot has gotten much less: the number of accidental shooting deaths has steadily declined.
There were 489 people killed in unintentional shootings in the U.S. in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. That was down from 824 deaths in 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Taking into account population growth over that time, the rate fell 48%.
But more guns equals more accidental deaths, according to Harvard’s allegedly vaunted Injury Control Research Center. However, reality doesn’t square with Harvard’s junk science.
From 2000 to 2015, Americans have purchased 216 million guns from dealers. Despite adding all these guns, accidental gun deaths plummeted precipitously 48 percent! Only the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and its doctor of deceit David Hemenway could argue with a straight face that more guns equals more accidental deaths.
Only fools believe fake news. While some companies have struggled, others have flourished, just as with any industry.