After pro-gun presidential candidate Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States in November 2016, some people thought the gun industry was shot.
Well, maybe not “shot,” but certainly wounded. After all, nothing sparks gun sales more than concern about anti-gun legislation being enacted in the near future.
That’s why we usually see a major spike in gun sales following a tragic mass shooting in this country. Every time it happens, one politician or another will immediately start grandstanding, calling for tougher laws against gun ownership.
Former President Barack Obama even had the “audacity” (pardon the term) to line up the relatives of gun violence victims behind him for the TV cameras while he gave a speech about the evils of guns following a shooting.
Against the Odds, Gun Sales Are Rising
So, when Trump was elected, many assumed that gun sales would drop. With a pro-gun president, there would no longer be a sense of urgency about acquiring guns. They would certainly be readily available for the foreseeable future.
But a funny thing has occurred during these first five months that Trump has been in office.
According to the Washington Examiner – the voice of reason in Washington, D.C., compared to the voice of liberalism known as the Washington Post – the FBI reported that the number of background checks for gun sales in May was the highest ever for that month (nearly 2 million).
This trend, according to the Examiner, means that 2017 is on course to become either the first or second highest year ever for gun sales in America.
How Is This Possible?
The obvious question is… why? And the obvious answer is… personal safety.
More and more Americans are realizing that no matter who lives in the White House, there are crazy people walking the streets who are a danger to the innocent.
Terror attacks are on the rise – both nationally and around the world – and law-abiding citizens such as us do not want to become victims.
As Justin Anderson, marketing director for Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina, told the Examiner, “People are nervous about their safety, and rightly so. It’s a dangerous world we live in and American citizens know that we’re not immune to terrorist attacks.
“They’re taking the necessary steps to defend themselves. Frankly, the most recent terrorist attack in London underscores the importance of an armed populace. Remember that when seconds count, the police are… minutes away.”
Even Cops Are Telling Us to Arm Ourselves
A sheriff in Florida agrees, and he’s already getting heat for it. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey recently posted a video on Facebook, urging citizens to arm themselves in self-defense.
His message followed a workplace shooting in Orlando that claimed the lives of five people.
Ivey said, “Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense, not only for them, but for their families.
“What’s next is to fully understand that this is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family, and those around you if attacked.”
Sounds a lot like what we’ve been saying for years, doesn’t it?
When a shooter starts killing innocent people, he assumes they will all run and hide, waiting for help. He assumes they will not fight back. But until police arrive on the scene, it’s up to armed citizens to subdue the shooter however they can.
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Of course, it’s not just about Americans protecting ourselves from unstable people with guns. As things continue to deteriorate in this country, more and more Americans are realizing the need to prepare for a potential crisis as well.
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