Michael Schaus

Let’s face it. Gun control is good business. Not only for the Bloomberg sycophants who prey off of the fearful (unarmed) masses, but for dealers, manufacturers, and purveyors of firearm accessories. And while Sturm Ruger & Co.’s stock price has shot up (see… guns are an investment, not an “obsession”) America has actually become safer. So, as it turns out, increased gun ownership is both an economic and security boost to the average American. (By the way: This article is dedicated to Samuel Colt.)

A mere nine years ago – before the age of ObamaBloombergHickenlooper Inc. – there were nearly 9 million background checks performed for firearm purchases. Just the threat of Obama becoming President ballooned that number to 12.7 million by 2008. And by December there were over 19 million background checks conducted in 2013. (That number is bound to go up as last minute .45 caliber Christmas presents are calculated by our friendly folks at the FBI.)

While these numbers helped to build up the profits of the companies that helped win the west (Sturm Ruger & Co., Smith and Wesson, Colt, etc.) it has done little to feed into the anti-gunner’s prediction of mayhem and murder. In the first three quarters of 2013 Sturm Ruger & Co. posted a 66 percent surge in profits. Smith and Wesson (gotta love Dirty Harry) saw profits jump 70 percent in the same time period. Contrary to the incredulous outrage of liberals, these profits were not made off the massacre of Sandy Hook, or the mass-shootings in Aurora, Colorado… They were made off the public calls for confiscation, registration and regulation. (It turns out, America still loves her freedom. Maybe we should replace Lady Liberty’s torch with an all-American M1911A?)

This massive proliferation of arms in the great United States of America (excluding liberal havens such as New York, Chicago, and LA) has not, however, resulted in mass chaos. Many liberal pundits and pro-gun-control enthusiasts insisted that a massive arming of American citizens would result in an increasingly hostile work environment for law enforcement, and an increasingly violent populace.

Well… The facts are in… (Brace yourself Bloomy.)

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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