America’s Gun Culture is Strong & Safe Under President Trump
Fears of US government limits on guns led to a spike in demand under President Barack Hussein Obama and the prospect of a Hilary Clinton Presidency and manufacturers struggled to keep up with the consumer demands.
Over the 10 year frame ending in Y 2015, the number of U.S. companies licensed to make firearms rose 362%. But sales are down as Americans feel safe within the Second Amendment’s rights and President Trump in the White House and Republicans ruling Congress.
“The trends really almost since Election Day or election night have been that gun sales have slacked off,” said Robert Spitzer, political science department chairman at 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.”
“President Obama was the best gun salesman the world has ever seen,” said production manager Karl Sorken, an Army veteran and self-described liberal who voted for Obama and notes the change for the industry under Trump is a topic of conversation in the shop.
“You might have people who were more inclined to buy because they were worried they might not be able to later. That’s going away for sure,” he said. “But by the same token, the shooting sports in this country are going to explode because they’re not going to be as worried or restricted about how they can shoot, where they can shoot.”
There are nearly 10,500 gunmakers in the country, many of them founded since Y 2000, said the general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Experts say many are drawn to long guns, in part because sales for them rose after a Clinton-Era ban on “assault weapons” expired in Y 2004 and politicians’ threats to restrict them drove demand. At the same time, shooting sports grew in popularity, and returning veterans sought out weapons with which they became comfortable in Iraq and Afghanistan.
From Y’s 2004 to 2013, sales of all handguns increased nearly 5X, according to industry, and sales of rifles 3X’d in that frame.
A Key reason for the surge in manufacturers of AR-platform firearms by the industry is that they are not protected by patents or trademarks. That makes it an open field for anyone with the proper federal license.
Another has been demand helped by a “monied up”clientele.
The majority of AR owners are mostly male, with 50% between the ages of 45 and 64, and more than 50% reporting annual income of more than $75,000, according to a Y 2013 survey conducted for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gunmakers.
In our country, the Gun Culture is so strong we should not worry about it going away.
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