The greatest gun salesman in America

You can’t be truly free if you don’t have a .45 in under your arm. As a result Obama has become the greatest gun salesman in the history of America.

Gun manufacturers would likely not be the first to come to mind when considering industries who have benefited the most during President Obama’s first term, but a study from finds that firearm sales and concealed handgun permit applications are at all-time highs since the 2008 election.

Just to show a few statistics illustrating what those in the industry call ”the Obama effect:”

  • Ruger’s firearm sales have gone from $117 million to $232 million, an increase of 98%
  • Winchester’s sales of ammunition have gone from $431.7 million to $572 million, an increase of 33%
  • Federal excise taxes collected on the sale of new firearms and ammunition has risen 48.3%
  • January 2012 was the 20th straight month of increases in NICS background checks compared to the same month in the previous year
  • December 2011 saw over 1.41 million NICS background checks run, the most ever for a single month
  • The few states which regularly report concealed carry permit numbers have seen increases in active permit holders ranging from 46% to 161%


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  • Kosh103

    Ahhh the paranoid redneck nutters expressing their fear of the scary balck man in the Whitehouse.

  • So 90% of americans are rednecks are they Kosh?

  • Kosh103

    Sounds about right.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Kosh you’re an idiot good to see you back on form.
    The question is: How do se sell guns to the other 9?
    The biggest benefactor has been the American Military Industry.
    He must be up for another peace prize.

    • Kosh103

      No the question is how can the US improve its gunlaws to make owning a gun harder.

      • carpentaro

        The 2nd amendment is a way of allowing law abiding citizens the lawful possesion of guns. Why would you want to make gun ownership harder?
        The laws should be aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, not law abiding people. Rednecks reside everywhere in varying concentrations. With NZ’s small population, I’d say it has the highest per capita rate anywhere in the world. 

      • carpentaro

        And with the high incidence of hillbillys, no wonder NZ gun law are so strict.

        • dave

          Lol…coming from someone who has spent time in Texas, that’s pretty funny

      • What is so wrong with firearms ownership Kosh? 

      • Kosh103

        Nothing is wrong with owning a gun. Being able to own a gun with great ease is wrong.

  • Mlitt78

    I think these stats are due to the ever rising number of Americans who are becoming worried about the future and are preparing/stockpiling for a worse case senerio. Obama isn’t a gun salesman at all, more just part of the problem that is beginning to worry many people out there.

  • Marcus

    The stats may tell a story

    US Murder rate 4.55/100,000 pop. 65% by firearms
    NZ Murder Rate 1.17/100,000 pop. 15% by firearms
    England/Wales murder rate 1.45/100,000 pop. 8% by firearms

    from Wikipedia so allow margin of error but it is is still a fairly compelling argument against an almost unfettered gun ownership regime.

    But the second amendment guarantees the right, makes so much sense because only criminals shoot people and you just have to find away to stop criminals from having guns not law abiding folk. That sort of logic only seems to make sense in America

    • Marcus and Kosh, If you look into the stats a bit deeper you will see that the US State with the lowest murder rate by firearms is Vermont (Total murder rate is 1.1 per 100k pop). Vermont is one of the least restrictive states in which to own and carry firearms, in fact firearms ownership is unrestricted with no permits or stand down periods required. As long as you are not carrying for the purpose of premeditated harm.
      V.S.A. §4003 Carrying dangerous weaponsA person who carries a dangerous or deadly weapon, openly or concealed, with the intent or avowed purpose of injuring a fellow man, or who carries a dangerous or deadly weapon within any state institution or upon the grounds or lands owned or leased for the use of such institution, without the approval of the warden or superintendent of the institution, shall be imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than $200.00, or both.But, the US State with the highest murder rate by firearms, district of Columbia, has the most restrictive firearms laws. There is no issuing of concealed carry and purchasing of firearms is among the most restrictive in the US.However, you cant ignore socio-economic indicators either. Vermont being generally upper middle class, district of Columbia not so much. The link between socio-economic circumstances, legal firearms availability and associated firearms abuse is explored in this paper which states that “Our conclusion from the available data is that suicide, murder and violent crime rates are determined by basic social, economic and/or cultural factors with the availability of any particular one of the world’s myriad deadly instrument being irrelevant.”

    • Hakim of phut

      Number of homicides in US for 2010 was up on those numbers 4.8 per 100,000
      For the 14,000 murders in the US , there are only about 200 or so ‘justifiable’ homicide
      about 1.5%. Fat lot of good having a gun to protect yourself . AS most of these  could be store owners

      • In the wikipedia concealed carry article
        “According to FBI police crime reports, in 2008 there were 14,180 murders and 616 justifiable homicides (of which 371 were performed by law enforcement) in the United States. However, the FBI Uniform Crime Report states that the justifiable homicide statistic does not represent eventual adjudication by medical examiner, coroner, district attorney, grand jury, trial jury or appellate court; few US jurisdictions allow a police crime report to adjudicate a homicide as justifiable, resulting in a undercount in the UCR table. The vast majority of defensive gun uses do not involve killing or even wounding an attacker, with government surveys showing 108,000 (NCVS – National Crime Victimization Survey) to 23 million (raw NSPOF – National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms) defensive gun uses per year, with ten private national surveys showing 764,000 to 3.6 million defensive gun uses per year.”

        Killing or wounding are not the only ways to use a handgun defensively Hakum.