This is very interesting, and raises an important, if somewhat unsettling, insight. On the other hand, it may not be unsettling, but encouraging. Tribunist.com reports:
Black Friday, a day of commercial consumerism. The lines are wrapped around the buildings waiting for the deals of a lifetime. While you might think most consumers are out there waiting for the latest new toy or the biggest TV, many buyers on Black Friday are buying something totally different. Black Friday is apparently the day to buy guns. Lots of guns!
According to the FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer, Black Friday shattered the single-day record for gun sales – with 185,713 background checks processed in a 24-hour period. Fischer told Business Insider that nearly 400 more transactions were processed on Black Friday than in 2015.
Black Friday has predominately been the biggest day of the year for gun sales. Buyers can’t resist the temptation of the deep discounts. Gun ownership still remains a hot topic politically. While many breathed a sigh of relief that a Democrat will not be in the White House, many remain concerned about the potential loss of their Second Amendment rights.
There may be more to this than one imagines. There can be no doubt liberty-loving Americans felt substantial relief with the defeat of Hillary Clinton. After all, she claimed to support the Second Amendment, while simultaneously saying she thought Heller—the Supreme Court decision that finally recognized the Second Amendment speaks to a fundamental, unalienable right—was wrongly decided and should be overturned. She all but affirmed she would not nominate anyone to the Court unless she was certain they’d be a reliable anti-Second Amendment vote. Of course, this would be true of anyone nominated by a Progressive. She also noted, and her daughter Chelsea, confirmed, she would work against the Second Amendment every day while in office. This was surely hyperbolic, but a telling indicator of her priorities, and Americans knew this was one thing they could believe coming from one of the most shameless political liars in American history. If she won, gun, ammunition and accessory sales would have set new, previously unimaginable sales records.
Those numbers ignore the 20 states that allow millions of licensed concealed carriers to forego background checks on each purchase, in compliance with ATF guidelines. Also, more than one firearm can be purchased on a single background check. That means the number of firearms purchased on Black Friday is likely more than 200,000.
With Donald Trump to take the White House—despite the best efforts of Jill Stein, Hillary Clinton and their financial enablers—shouldn’t gun and related sales decline as Americans believe they can take him at his word not only to leave the Second Amendment alone, but perhaps to expand firearms related liberties?
No. Not now, and perhaps not in our lifetimes.
In dodging the malicious bullet that was Hillary Clinton, America narrowly avoided losing the First and Second Amendments. Clinton made that plain enough. However, the irredeemable deplorables came to understand that threats to fundamental liberties are not ended when their temporary and foremost cheerleader is removed from the political scene. The enemy of liberty is big, unaccountable government, and while progressives are the champions of disarming the law-abiding and patriotic, Republicans are often resolute in their intentions to hamper or destroy other liberties.
The problem is not individual politicians, but government. Polls, even those that were certain of Clinton’s triumphant victory, reveal the approval ratings of Congress at historic—and well-deserved—depths. Something less than half of the nation distrusts Donald Trump, and even those that elected him did so at least somewhat warily.
The forecast is obvious. Gun, ammunition and accessory makers will do very well in the foreseeable future, because even though the Second Amendment is likely safe for at least four more years, that safety is fragile. For eight long years, the law-abiding have been ignored, insulted, maligned and threatened. They have seen black proclaimed white, day proclaimed night and up proclaimed down. They have seen their friends and neighbors harassed, their political rights denied, the IRS and other federal agencies weaponized and used against them. They have seen the wealthy and powerful commit egregious crimes without number, yet be protected by the FBI and Department of Justice, whose Attorney General secretly met with Bill Clinton to further what could only appear to be the obstruction of justice. The wounds are deep and lasting. Ironically, the words of a Progressive hero, Hubert Humphrey, from decades ago, speak well to contemporary thinking:
Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. . . . The right of the citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against tyranny, which now appears remote in America, that historically has proven to be always possible.
Gun makers have ramped up their production and will sell everything they can produce, to the horror of those that would steal liberty. They are particularly designing and producing more small handguns appropriate for concealed carry. There’s a venerable old saying among gun folk: “I have all the guns I need, but never all I want.” Many of the guns the honest want have, for years, become those they need. More Americans are becoming, to one degree or another, preppers. They have stood on the edge of the abyss, seen how fragile liberty can be, and will not be taken unawares or unprepared.
So too have ammunition makers ramped up their production. Common calibers have been, for several years, readily available, and once again, reasonably priced. Common rifle calibers like .223/5.26 and .308/7.62 are found on the shelves of gun dealers and big box stores and are easily found via Internet purchasers. The only exception is the lowly .22LR.
Before the advent of the age of Obama, finding .22LR was easy. One could walk into any gun dealer or big box store and buy thousands of rounds at very reasonable prices. But for the last eight years, .22LR has been rare and expensive. It disappears within hours of hitting store shelves as Americans buy every round they can find, expecting to find no more for many months at any price. This sorry state of affairs will not change until people can once again be confident they’ll be able to buy .22LR ammunition in a variety of packages and amounts at will. That day may be far into the future, and might never come again.
It is unlikely Americans will ever again have substantial faith in government. This may be good as long as reasonable skepticism and preparation does not descend into hatred and paranoia, which history has demonstrated is virtually always on the Left.
Americans now believe firmly, as Thomas Jefferson said, “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance,” and perhaps eternal cynicism and mistrust of government. And they hope they never have to act on Jefferson’s assertion that “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. If they are forced to act, they mean to be ready, and to see the bloodshed is mainly that of tyrants.