Perhaps the most ironic failure in the Obama Presidency is how his calls for gun control have actually created an opposite effect where Americans have purchased more firearms over the past five years that at any time in several decades. And each time he goes before the public to express outrage at some mass shooting or singular event where a gun was used, the people have responded to his clarion call by rushing to gun stores to purchase firearms in record numbers.
So it should come as no surprise after the Commander-in-Chief tried his hand at advocating gun control once again immediately after the horrific mass murder that took place on a college campus in Oregon, Americans are flocking to gun stores out of fear that the President will use this tragedy to infringe on the people’s rights under the 2nd Amendment.
Business has been brisk for Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Guns in North Carolina, since the Oregon community college shooting last week that left 10 people dead, including the 26-year-old suspect.
Mr Hyatt saw an even bigger surge in customers after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that left 26 people dead, including 20 children, before the gunman killed himself.
However, the calls for tighter gun laws lead to an increase in weapons sales. “Once the public hears the president on the news say we need more gun controls, it tends to drive sales,” said Mr Hyatt, who owns one of the largest gun retailers in the US. “People think, if I don’t get a gun now, it might be difficult to get one in the future. The store is crowded.”
“We don’t want our business to be based on tragedy but we have to deal with what we have no control over,” Mr Hyatt said. “And after these shootings and then the calls for tougher gun laws, we see a buying rush.” – Financial Times
The battle over gun rights reached a peak between 2013 and 2014 when fears of gun restrictions led many retailers to actually ban the sale of guns and ammunition to law enforcement, and where one of the biggest sellers during last year’s holiday season were firearms.
Of all the rights remaining available to the America people, the right to bear arms has been the one most fought for by consumers and advocates alike. And while the number of mass shootings in the U.S. have become publicized today only because of our 24 hour news industry, deaths because of firearms are relatively the same as in years past, with only a small minute portion of the gun owning population using a firearm in the pursuit of a criminal activity.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.