One industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 7 years – the Obama presidency has been great for gun sales.
Every time a mass shooting has occurred, the subject of gun control rises, triggering a massive rise in gun sales. Now, thanks to the recent terror attacks and the uncertainty of the presidential election outcome, gun sales are on track to break last year’s record of over 23 million, reports the Washington Examiner.
Industry experts predict that sales could hit record highs should Hillary Clinton continue to remain high in the polls.
Already, gun manufacturers have reported making more than 46 million guns in Obama’s first six years – or 21,000 guns per day. But the numbers have more than doubled in 2015 and 2016, with sales now over 52,000 per day.
John Anderson, marketing director for one of the nation’s largest gun shops, Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, NC, said Obama has been great for gun sales, because “more people are coming to realize their personal safety is at risk and their government cannot protect them.”
“The recent surge in gun buying is based on two variables: fear of government intrusion on Second Amendment rights, and, more importantly, people interested in personal protection,” Anderson said. “Our sales have doubled across the board – not just AR-style rifles, but also small guns and home defense rifles.”
Gun shops across the nation report a change in customer demographics as well – no longer are men the majority of shoppers – sales have surged among women, youths and members of the LGBT community as well.
One store alone sold 30,000 AR-15 style rifles in one week following the Orlando shooting.
The Democrat sit-down demonstration in the House of Representatives last week, when Democrats demanded votes on gun control bills, only resulted in additional sales on the cash registers of gun shops across the country.
Friday, Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said in an interview with FOX News about the recent Orlando attack, “When people go on for 12 hours, saying it’s about guns, then that means Boston was about a pressure cooker. It wasn’t. Both of them were about radical Islam.”
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