A story from Fox News today underscores what one of the nation’s top gun rights advocates has been saying for the past several years: When anti-gunners talk about restrictions, they fuel gun and ammunition sales.
The Fox story alludes to a new report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation that says firearms manufacturing has “boomed” over the past eight years. This has resulted in a 73 percent increase in firearms industry jobs, and that translates to more guns and ammunition on the market for a growing population of consumers.
For Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, this was as predictable as November rain in Seattle. He told the Washington Free Beacon that the gun industry’s growth “was a direct result of gun control advocates’ push for new restrictions.”
“The answer is simple,” he told a reporter. “President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrat Party leaders push to destroy Second Amendment rights. Their anti-rights agenda has had the opposite result. An increase in firearms ownership and record sales of ammunition and accessories.”
The Free Beacon also quoted NSSF’s Mike Bazinet, who explained that about one-third of new gun buyers are women. About 25 percent of the customers in gun stores are first-time buyers, which belies claims by the gun prohibition lobby that gun ownership is actually shrinking in this country. Especially following the terror attacks in Paris and then in San Bernardino, many Americans have evidently decided that they are responsible for their own safety, and they’re turning exercising their Second Amendment rights.
“President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrat Party leaders push to destroy Second Amendment rights.”—Alan Gottlieb
According to the NSSF report, which may be read here, the total economic impact of the American firearms industry is more than $49 billion. It is ironic that the one American industry that Obama and Clinton have worked to destroy is roaring. Fox reported that the number of full-time jobs in the industry has grown from about 166,000 in 2008, the year Obama was elected, to almost 288,000.
“While self-defense may be an initial motivator in that firearm purchase,” Bazinet told the Free Beacon, “new gun owners are also seeking additional training and spending more time on the range than in previous decades. More and more ranges realize that they are in competition for peoples’ leisure time and they are better designed in all respects making them more inviting for individuals, families and friends to shoot together as a safe, enjoyable activity.”
The most popular long gun in the country today is the one that Obama and Clinton want to ban, the AR-15. Handgun sales remain strong, and along with that, applications for concealed carry permits and licenses have gone up since the San Bernardino attack.
The fact that Clinton has made gun control a cornerstone of her campaign to be the next president hasn’t hurt, either. The more she talks, the more people head to gun shops and sporting goods stores. If she is elected in November, the firearms industry should enjoy banner sales for the next four years.
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