Like clockwork, the Chattanooga shooting produced the same results as every other mass shooting in recent memory. The gun grabbers came out of the woodwork, demanding more restrictions and regulations for gun sellers and owners. The gun culture promptly responded by, you guessed it, buying more guns. Within hours after the shooting, gun store owners experienced a surge in sales, and Barack Obama won another award for “gun salesman of the year” before he even had a chance to open his mouth.
By now we’re all familiar with this trend, which largely surged after Obama was elected president. But what has the accumulative effect of his presidency had on the gun market? What has the antics of the gun control crowd done to firearm manufacturing over the past 10 years? Let’s just say that it’s had an opposite and equal reaction by gun owners.
The manufacturing boom has come in the face of the president’s push to expand background checks and place new restrictions on guns in the wake of high-profile shootings like the recent mass-killing in Charleston, S.C., and the 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.
The numbers paint a picture of gun owners who are concerned about new restrictions on their Second Amendment rights, activists say.
“The ATF report confirms what we already know, that Barack Obama deserves the ‘Gun Salesman of the Decade’ award,” said Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America. “People have been rushing to buy firearms because they’re afraid that Obama will take away their Second Amendment rights.”
The ATF’s annual firearms commerce report tracks the number of guns manufactured in the United States, which provides an indication of gun sales around the country.
By 2013, firearm production had spiked 140% over the previous administration. To put that in perspective, firearm production increased 18% under Bush, and actually dropped 9% under Clinton.
This is a trend that is truly unique among the nations of the world. In just about every other country on Earth, when there is a mass shooting, the population almost always gives in to the demands of their government. They simply don’t have the gun culture that we have. Even before the gun restricting laws were put in place, many of these countries didn’t have very many gun owners, and therefore, didn’t have a vibrant class of gun advocates. There weren’t enough people to stop their government.
But in the US, the gun culture has officially beat the gun grabbers. I say this with confidence for several reasons. Despite the fact that gun ownership has actually decreased somewhat in recent years, support for stricter gun laws has fallen in America, and the number of people who support some form of concealed carry has achieved a clear majority.
Most of the legislation that has been passed in response to mass shootings like the Sandy Hook massacre, has been met with widespread civil disobedience on the part of gun owners. And the icing on the cake? So many guns have been manufactured and bought in recent years, that even if legislators managed to enact strict gun control laws across the country, it would have very little effect on the number of Americans who own guns. There are just too many of them floating around for the government to effectively confiscate them all, or even a fraction of them.
So if you’re a gun owner, especially one who has had to disobey onerous laws in liberal states, pat yourself on the back. No matter what the gun control crowd tries to tell you, and no matter what kind of legislation arrives in the future, the gun debate has a clear winner, and it is you.
Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personalTwitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger .