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.)
According to the Associated Press, the number of police officers killed in the line of duty by firearms is at its lowest level since 1887. Despite all of the semi-auto rifles (AKA: “assault weapons” Gasp!), high-capacity magazines, pump action shotguns, “military style” stocks, and hollowed point bullets (not to mention couple dozen million more people) we managed to kill fewer cops than when the cap and ball revolver ruled the day.
The strange statistic is imperative to understanding the failure of gun control, and the power of an armed populace. After all, only criminals kill cops. Law-abiding US citizens generally get our kicks at the range, or by gunning down a guy that breaks into our home… Police officers are really not on the “acceptable” list of targets for normal-folk. Which is why the statistic is so impressive.
In a time when a record number of Americans are clamoring to get their paws on firearms before our benevolent* government (*sarcasm font imagined here) bans them, our nation is proving to be marginally safer. As a numbers guy, this would almost prove to me that guns are not the problem in America.
And so, it turns out that the leftist attempts at gun control has proven to be a boost for business, safety, and stock prices… And to think: I always argue that liberalism is bad for business. I guess I should be thanking America’s liberals for creating so many new gun owners. Without them, my stocks would be down, my gun cabinet would be sparse, and my police would be facing a far more dangerous job description. So, on behalf of myself, fellow stock holders, gun owners, and police officers: Thanks!
Oh, and just to prove I’m not alone in my thinking, Detroit Police Chief James Craig had this to say about increased concealed carry in Michigan:
“There’s a number of CPL [concealed pistol license] holders running around the city of Detroit. I think it acts as a deterrent. Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction.”
So, thank you (again) Libs… Without your ridiculous arguments, I don’t know what I would do with myself.
Michael Schaus is a talk radio host, the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the executive producer for Ransom Notes Radio. He is a writer, artist, and political humorist. Having worked in a wide range of industries (including construction, journalism, and financial services) his perspectives and world views are forged with a deep understanding of what it means to be an American conservative. Visit RightWingImage.com for more from Michael.