As happened in the immediate aftermath of Obama’s election four years ago, guns (particularly so-called “assault weapons”), ammunition and “high capacity” magazines are selling at a frantic pace, in anticipation of potential restrictions–including bans–in the coming months. Huntington, West Virginia’s WOWK TV provides some anecdotal evidence:
[Saint Albans Guns and Archery owner Jeff] Beane had a three week supply of assault rifles. All but one sold Wednesday or Thursday morning.
Gun shops across the Kanawha Valley spikes in assault weapon sales since the morning after the election. Customers say they’re stocking up, fearing the government will soon ban them.
In a recent statement, National Rifle Association Executive Director Wayne LaPierre called President Obama “anti-Second Amendment.” Customers outside Cabela’s in South Charleston say it’s worried them enough to shop for assault weapons.
An Ammoland article provides something of a larger view:
I could not get on line [on election night] with Cheaperthandirt.com, a great, supplier of ammo and all things in the preparedness world. . . . When the sales person came on the phone line you could hear the noise of heavy calling in the background. I ordered the items I wanted and then asked her how the evening was going. Her reply was that it had been slow until about fifteen minutes before I called and then the phone banks were ringing off the hook.
The same article reports that DiscountAmmoSales.com claims to have sold more ammunition on the evening of November 6 than they normally do in a week.
Nor are investors unaware of opportunities to be found amid concerns of more oppressive gun regulation.
The intent here is not to make light of the concerns leading to this new buying spree. Before the total vote count was completed, Obama moved to advance the U.N.’s global “gun control” agenda–an agenda that would not necessarily be thwarted even by refusal on the part of the United States Senate to ratify the treaty. Obama is clearly enjoying the “flexibility” he told then-President of Russia (now Prime Minister) Dmitri Medvedev he would have, once voters could no longer hold him accountable for his actions.
In light of that, the idea of getting ordnance while the getting is good is not without merit. It is difficult not to wonder, though, what could have been accomplished had a nation of citizens who cherish their Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms had put as much time, energy and money into defeating anti-gun candidates, as we now put into outracing the infringements they will seek now that they are elected.
This lack of electoral activism is, of course, not entirely the fault of pro-gun voters. In many cases–the top of the ticket being the most obvious example–the supposedly “pro-gun” alternatives to the gun-haters did little to inspire a gun rights advocate’s passionate support.
If you do not yet have the weapons, ammunition and ancillary gear you need to defend your family, your freedom and your life, it would certainly make sense to acquire them as soon as possible–while it is possible. For the future, though, think about how preferable it would be to defeat the evil of forcible citizen disarmament, rather than scrambling in preparation for enduring it.
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