Seriously… You can annoy a liberal, and save money at the same time. It’s like some sort of a magical set of circumstances that were created especially for gun enthusiasts on a budget. Gun stores currently have an overstock of merchandise, as sales decline from last year’s record breaking numbers. To consumers this means sales and discounted merchandise, to the industry it means a slightly less profitable year than last year, and to liberals it means an opportunity to weave an anti-gun narrative.
Brace yourself for a slew of stories about gun sales declining this year. A recent headline on Market Watch pretty much summed up the emerging trend among some pundits: Paranoia has its limits as gun sales slump. In other words: All those crazy, militant tea-partiers have finally stopped buying guns, and now businesses are coping with sales returning to normal.
Gun sales are in a decline from last year’s numbers… But, what did you expect? This isn’t a story about the declining interest in firearm ownership, it’s a story about free-market economics (which probably explains why Liberals don’t understand it). Obama, the Democrats in the Senate, and a billionaire-former-mayor of New York City, have all proven to be the best accidental-gun-salesmen in history… And that’s pretty unlikely to change.
As consumer interest in firearms has grown, the industry has done exactly what you would expect to cope with the increased demand. Last year, firearms manufacturers struggled to keep pace with demand for their products. Americans flocked to their local gun stores, gun shows, and FFL dealers to get their hands on AR15s, AK47s, handguns, shotguns, hunting rifles, military replicas, and anything else that had a trigger, hammer and barrel. Most manufacturers rightly decided that production must increase, and today gun stores are seeing a sizeable overstock problem.
Few people expected annual growth to continue for the industry at the rate we saw in 2013… So, naturally sales are leveling off. But the liberals are living in their usual fantasy-land if they expect to see a sizeable and continued decline in the purchasing of guns throughout America. In fact, the industry should be expected to grow (even if that growth is modest) for the foreseeable future.
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