Support the 2nd Amendment by buying a new gun
by Sam Rolley
“Want to piss Obama off? Buy a gun.”
That’s the message Mark Teal, of Simpsonville Gun and Pawn in South Carolina, is telling customers and passersby with a sign outside his shop.
According to Teal, the sign is an answer to President Obama’s renewed push for increased gun control.
“I just think it’s strange that he has 24-hour security, his children and wife have 24-hour security with armed guards everywhere they go [and] it’s OK for them to have armed guards, but it’s not OK for us to protect ourselves,” Teal told his local news station.
The White House is currently finalizing a series of executive actions to create new gun regulations, including a plan to expand background check requirements.
But gun sellers like Teal see many Americans having reactions opposite the knee-jerk anti-2nd Amendment attitudes coming out of Washington when bad people commit gun crimes.
“When things like this happen — Sandy Hook and with this in San Bernardino — a lot of people who have never thought about owning a fire arm start thinking about it,” he said.
USA Today told a similar story about a California gun shop owner this week:
“Since (Wednesday), my phone has been ringing off the hook,” said Torrey Harris, whose family has owned the shop since 1971. “It didn’t stop ringing until 11:30 at night.”
Harris said that, after most mass shootings, longtime gun owners seek to stock up on weapons and ammunition that they think California will try to ban in reaction to the incidents of violence. The state legislature often passes a slew of gun control laws in the months after these tragedies.
But Harris said the response she saw after San Bernardino was different.
“I would say a good 40% of my calls (Wednesday) were people who have never owned a firearm in their life,” Harris said.
This trend has been occurring for some time.
As The New York Times notes: “Gun sales have more than doubled in a decade, to about 15 million in 2013 from about seven million in 2002. More firearms are sold to residents in the United States than in any other country …”
The main drivers of the gun sale increases have been terrorism, Obama’s anti-2nd Amendment attitudes and calls for increased gun restrictions throughout the country.
And the spikes are pissing off Obama. No matter how bad he tells Americans guns are, they keep buying them in record numbers.
That’s why he and other anti-firearm crusaders are going to continue finding ways to chip away at gun rights with bullet-ban schemes, by vilifying certain classes of firearms and creating headaches for gun buyers and sellers.
So Teal’s advice is sound. Stock up on firearms and shooting supplies now, while it’s still relatively easy.