Friday, August 24, 2012

The Reasons Behind Increased Gun Sales

via an interesting article in Forbes in which Frank Miniter argues that the surge in gun sales predatges Obama.

There are many other categories and statistics showing the tidal shift in gun ownership beneath this current wave of sales, all of which are related to legislative successes that freed up Second Amendment rights, judicial victories and a popular shift in the way American’s view guns. With all of this going on it’s a shame so many in the media are ignoring or cynically simplifying the movement behind gun sales. It’s just more convenient for them to say the surge in gun sales is only about fear of new gun-control legislation.

Though I don’t want to discount the fear. After all, when the Supreme Court twice comes within one vote of ruling that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights isn’t an individual right, Americans have a right to be concerned. When an incumbent president seeking a second term has already put two people on the nine-member Supreme Court who would vote away this basic human freedom, they have the right to be fearful. And when you realize that, if reelected, that incumbent president would have a good chance of getting a few more Supreme Court picks, and so could reshape the high court for decades, people have a right to be motivated to buy firearms now.
What do you think? He made some interesting points and connections to explain the increase in gun sales, but I still think this is the main one: "the Supreme Court twice comes within one vote of ruling that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights isn’t an individual right." 

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. "the Supreme Court twice comes within one vote of ruling that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights isn’t an individual right."

    Bullshit, and you know it. In the Heller case, all nine Justices ruled that the 2A was an individual Right. Four of them had the opinion that the DC ban did not infringe upon that individual Right.

    Read the majority opinions and the dissents you fool.

    1. It sounds like you're the fool who just repeats what you've read on the gun blogs.

  2. Finally, you quote an article that gives a better analysis. Americans are buying guns for a variety of reasons, not just because of paranoia--the control freak narrative.

    But Mikeb, you're continuing to make the error. No matter how the Supreme Court votes, owning and carrying guns is an individual right. The government may fail to recognize that right, but it will continue to exist.

  3. The number of women gun owners in America has gone up from 13 percent in 2005 to 23 percent today.

    the number of Democratic households with firearms in their homes skyrocketed from 30 percent in 2009 to 40 percent today.

    Why that's a slap in the face of the anti-rights establishment that claims that there are fewer gun owners and those fewer gun owners are the ones buying more guns.

    1. It is without a doubt that many Americans are paranoid losers who are unable to understand the actual situation. In point of fact, most Americans are very safe. The NRA and its sponsor, the US gun industry, have a clear interest in fostering paranoid wacks to be paranoid. America is a safe country, as long as there are no guns around. Guns create crime.

    2. "Guns create crime." Let's consider how that could be:

      1. Guns are magical objects with the power to force human beings to act. If you believe that, you've missed the point of all that fantasy literature that you're reading.

      2. American people have so little control over themselves or so little moral development that when they are in the presence of something dangerous, they cannot fail to harm someone. If you believe that, you're blind to our true character. Perhaps you should work hard on moving somewhere else while you still can.

      3. Guns have a monetary value based on the level of demand in the marketplace--whether legitimate or black market--and this value creates desire in the minds of criminals. That one is correct, but it's simple-minded to say that anything that someone wants to steal should be eliminated.

      You make other errors:

      1. While the NRA receives gifts from gun makers--Ruger, for example, gave a portion of its sales this year--it also is a membership organization. It raises a lot of money through member fees. If it didn't represent the views of lots of Americans, it wouldn't be so successful. For an example of the latter, see the Brady Campaign.

      2. A person who is paranoid will be so no matter who is out "there." You yourself may be suffering from this condition, given your fears about the NRA.

      Other than that, was there anything right about your comment?

    3. "America is a safe county" Really, America is no more safe or less safe than any other places around the globe. Our safety is what we make it. The difference is America is a FREE country.

      UK has crime, Asian countries have crime and so on. So do we. The difference is we are free to be our own first responders rather than get injured or killed waiting for the 'safety net' to arrive.

      Guns create crime. Every time I hear that, I laugh my ass off. If that was so, for the last 40 years or more, every gun I have bought must be defective! Not a single one of mine, or anyone else I know who have them has ever created one single crime.

      I am still looking for that magic gun that creates crime. Once I find it I am sure Mike B would be extremely happy that I rid the world of it and stop all gun crime, or any crime by proxy of the gun.