Gun sales up: Obama fears?

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Has Barack Obama become the country’s greatest gun pitchman? Gun sales are now so brisk that gun stores are running short of guns and ammunition. And the owners of those stores give the credit—or the blame—to the man now holding office as President, Barack H. Obama.

Gun sales nationwide

The Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX) reported last Sunday that gun sales had now caused gun stores nationwide to run short of guns and ammunition. They also reported record numbers of requests for criminal background checks on people seeking to buy guns. The Star-Telegram had these statistics:

  • 16.3 million requests to the FBI in 2011, as against 12.7 million in 2008 and 11.7 million in 2007.
  • Nearly 2 million requests in 2011 from Kentucky alone, and 1 million from Texas. (In Kentucky, holders of concealed-carry permits need fresh background checks every month. That so many people would submit to that, shows how much they value their right to keep and bear arms.)

The paper quoted the site as giving credit to Barack Obama as “the greatest gun salesman in America.” does not have that quote on its site, though it might have appeared in its e-mail newsletter. But does donate 1 percent of its revenues to gun-rights advocacy groups of their customers’ choice, and says so on its home page.

The paper also asked local gun-store owners to explain the heavy gun sales. All repeated stories their customers had told them to say why they were buying so many guns and so much ammunition. The reasons were all the same: the American people are likely to re-elect Barack H. Obama. If the Republicans nominate any of the four men still contending for that honor, then his chances of defeating Obama are not promising. And those customers say that Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, have been at “war” with gun owners since Obama took office and appointed Holder.

Anthony G. Martin ( picked up on that story, and added this link to Nate Silver’s article in The New York Times. Silver said that “the fundamentals” now say that Obama will win a second term. That story appeared on February 15, before the price of motor fuel climbed to a February record.

New Jersey insight

A Smith and Wesson revolver, hard to get in an era of increased gun sales

Smith & Wesson's M&P Victory-model revolver. Photo: Oleg Volk (Wikipedia), CC BY 2.5 Generic License

Nick Purpura, a Tea Party activist in Wall Township, New Jersey, offered these facts to CNAV:

  • Gun sales in New Jersey are also very high. In fact, many kinds of ammunition are simply not available, or are on a seemingly never-ending back-order.
  • The Chief of Police in Wall has a stack of gun-buy permits on his desk that he despairs of clearing on time. New Jersey is a “may-issue State,” in which chiefs of police may allow, or disallow, a gun buy on his own authority. But New Jersey law also says that a chief must decide that thirty days after someone applies for a permit. Purpura estimated that the backlog in Wall Township stretches for forty-five days or longer. Purpura said that the chief “didn’t want to tell [him]” how long it would take him to process the permit applications. The reason: the chief would then have to admit that he would take longer than the law allows to do the job.

He also confirmed the same motive for the higher gun sales: people are afraid that, should Obama win a second term, he will slow down or forbid gun sales.

Gary Allen, a retired policeman living in Hackettstown, New Jersey, confirmed that gun sales were running “through the roof,” and higher so far this year than last. He also warned that ammunition was running short.

Other national insight

Wayne La Pierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, spoke at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. He talked about how important the right to keep and bear arms really is, and said that Barack Obama, if he wins a second term, could take that right away from people. (See video below.) He called on gun owners everywhere to vote against Obama to preserve their rights.

David Codrea, also at, coldly observed that signing an order, or a new law, to stop gun sales, or even to take guns away from people, is one thing. Enforcing such a law would be a different matter. To make his point, Codrea cited this two-and-a-half-year-old post by his colleague Mike Vanderboegh. Vanderboegh compared gun owners today to the “three percent” of colonials who supported the American War for Independence. He finished thus:

We are the people that the collectivists who now control the government should leave alone if they wish to continue unfettered oxygen consumption. We are the Three Percent. Attempt to further oppress us at your peril.

To put it bluntly, leave us…alone.

Or, if you feel froggy, go ahead AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS.

See also this series of articles about Operation Fast and Furious.