It's been noted here before that Barack Obama and his anti-gun Chicago cronies are the firearms industry's best friends. From his election onward, Obama has been the top firearms and ammunition salesman in America. Despite what liberals like to believe, conservatives aren't stupid. If you put the most anti-gun administration ever in our White House and give them four years in which to undermine our basic constitutional rights as they have in Chicago where they hold absolute power, we are going to react. To not do so is to possibly doom ourselves to a fate similar to the Greeks as was pointed out a few days ago here at AT by Larrey Anderson.
So react is what Americans did. Even before Obama was sworn in, they began adding to their personal arsenals and bulking up ammunition inventories in record numbers,. Ammo supplies became particularly acute when rumors began circulating around the Internet that Democrats, fearing they couldn't muster the votes for stiffer gun control legislation, were planning to enact a punishingly huge excise tax on all forms of ammunition as a back door to their aim of overturning the 2d Amendment. When in 2009, key Democrats like Obama, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and others began trumpeting the ridiculous canard that American arms were primarily responsible for the violence and mayhem in Mexico, the antennae of millions of gun owners began to tingle with suspicion that something underhanded was underway. That suspicion was reinforced with the revelation in early 2011 that Obama had told gun activists that his administration was working under the radar to advance gun control. We are now being proved right by the revelations emanating from the congressional investigation into Operation Fast & Furious.
A few months into this administration, nine millimeter pistol ammunition, the caliber used by the most popular handgun in America, was almost impossible to find. Even a major retailer like WalMart could obtain it only in limited quantities and then rationed it out to their stores, who, in turn, limited the quantities individual customers could purchase. Our local WalMart sometimes went weeks without a shipment of Nine-Mil; when they did get one, it was gone quickly, sometimes within minutes.
This shortage had disappeared in the past year but there's evidence it may be returning as conservatives, put off by the internecine battles of the Republican primary campaign, are beginning to fear that Obama just could conceivably pull off a victory in November should the economy improve. An unfearing, unfettered anti-gun activist in the White House for four years could be a 2d Amendment nightmare, especially if he gets to pick a supreme court justice or two. Headlines have again begun reappearing noting a significant uptick in ammo and firearms sales. Two weeks ago I received a marketing email from my low-priced, super-fast, online firearms supplier, Bud's Gun Shop saying this:
After spending the first six weeks of 2012 attending various firearms industry shows, including the NSSF Shot Show in Las Vegas with the highest dealer attendance of record, there was one obvious recurring theme from every manufacturer we visited with...."we just can't make enough firearms". Although we fully expected another surge later in 2012, it has already started as the ATF continues to report all time record highs in background/NICS checks as well as Conceal Carry/CCW permit applications.
We are also experiencing record high sales on www.budsgunshop.com, actually breaking our all time single day sales records TWICE this month ! Considering we had no special promotions going on, and we exceeded every sales record dating all the way back to 2003, it seems pretty clear ......"Here we go again !"
Here we go again, indeed. Bud's makes no mention as to whether Obama was presented the Top Salesman Trophy at that Las Vegas meet. Funny, isn't it, that the liberal media wouldn't mention it, if he was?