It’s no secret that Obama was the perfect gun salesman. (Something we are sure he is very proud of.) Gun sales were at record highs when he was in office.
Second Amendment lovers were worried that Obama would strike at any time, taking away a certain gun, some ammo, or anything in between.
But now Trump is president, and people aren’t scared anymore.
With gun-friendly President Donald Trump now occupying the White House, gun sales have continuously fallen, leaving many in the gun industry worried about the future of their once-booming businesses.
From 2006 through 2015, the number of businesses in the United States licensed to produce firearms grew by 362 percent, and from 2004 to 2013, handgun sales more than quadrupled, according to a report by Fox News.
Survey data and market research has shown the growth in the industry was due largely to fears President Barack Obama would restrict owners’ ability to purchase or possess many different kinds of ammunition and guns, especially in the wake of high-profile shootings, such as the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
With Republicans now in control of the House of Representatives, Senate and White House for the first time in nearly a century, it’s clear the fear that once gripped gun owners and prospective gun owners has largely subsided. According to research conducted by the Washington Post, in the first two months of 2017, the number of background checks conducted by the FBI—the metric most often used to estimate industry-wide gun sales—decreased to 4.3 million, a decline of 17 percent compared to same period just one year ago, when background checks totaled 5.2 million.
This has led some in the industry to speculate a sustained contraction of the market is currently underway.
“The trends really almost since Election Day or election night have been that gun sales have slacked off,” Robert Spitzer told the Associated Press. Spitzer is the chairman of the political science department at the State University of New York at Cortland. “When you take away Barack Obama and you give the Republicans control of both houses of Congress, which is extremely friendly to the gun lobby, then the political pressure subsides. And that surely is at least a key part of the explanation for the drop-off in sales.”
At first you might be worried. The gun industry is hurting under President Trump?
Well, yeah! No one is threatening to take away any gun rights! There is no motivation for people to go by a gun right this second. They can choose when to buy one in their own time.
It brings up another curious point, who is the biggest threat to America’s freedom? Judging by the country’s gun sales, we think it’s pretty obvious…
H/T: Clash Daily