Thanks Obama! Firearms Industry Flourishes
April 20, 2015
It's counterintuitive, but liberal Democrats seem to be very good for the gun business. The NSSF reported today that the economic impact of the firearms trade increased 125% from $19.1 billion to $42.9 billion between 2008 and the present, while employment in the gun industry went up from 166,000 to more than 263,000, a 58% increase.
Just to make the point even stronger, The Pew Research Center has reported that support for gun rights has reached an all-time high. Support for gun control reached its all-time peak in 1959, and has steadily gone down since.
What are we to make of all that? All the millions that Michael Bloomberg and George Soros and the Joyce Foundation have spent pushing gun control have mainly succeeded in making Americans stronger supporters of gun rights. That's gotta be frustrating, as is the fact that every state in the country and even the District of Columbia now have provisions for concealed carry. In a vanguard of states, legislatures are moving toward license-free "constitutional carry" and liberalized open-carry laws.
It has to be even more frustrating for them that the NRA, which an administration flunky said Jimmy Carter would "break" in 1977, now is claiming 5 million members.
All is not rosy. If you live in California or Connecticut or New Jersey or New York, your rights are being trampled every day. And don't say your fellow gun owners in those states "can just move." Gay activists aren't saying homosexuals in Alabama can "just move." Abortion-rights supporters aren't saying women in South Dakota and "just move."
Rights are rights everywhere. We're doing pretty well right now, but we can't stop until we roll back repressive laws in all those dark corners of the country. Who knows? Another couple years of Obama may get us there.