This is a good news, bad news kind of situation. It’s great news if you’re a self-professed gun nut. Or if you believe in rights promised in the Constitution. Or you’re a gun store owner (take me out to dinner?), bad news if you’re a leftist. But let’s get real here. It’s always a bad day to be a leftist. What with all the getting offended you’d have to do every single day. Tiring. Anyhoo, guns sales have broken a new record! It’s not surprising when you examine recent history (see Four Arrested For Kidnapping, Torturing Special Needs White Man and 50 shot, 12 Killed in Holiday Weekend Chicago Shootings). But as the most anti-gun President prepares to leave the White House, everyone agrees his policies have been great for gun sales.
The U.S. government processed 27.5 million gun-related background checks in 2016, according to FBI data published this week. That marks a 20% increase compared to last year, and a 100% increase since 2008, the year Barack Obama was elected president.
The background check data, which is considered a reliable indicator of guns sales, suggest that more guns were sold during Obama’s eight years in office (157.2 million) than were sold in the previous ten years prior to his election.
Oh my goodness. I’m not super good at math and stuff, but that sounds like lots and lots o’ guns. I guess maybe some people will be sad to see President Oh You Shouldn’t have Guns wave his final goodbye.
You know what this calls for?
Funny how that works, though. I believe the gun sales case is called a “supply and demand” situation. Pretty sure that’s how an economics professor would define it. Threaten to take something away, simply because you don’t want people to have, voila! More people buy that thing you don’t want them to have. In Obama’s case, this situation is simply called “being an overreaching, maniacal doucheberry.” I’m pretty sure that’s how an ethics professor would define it.
Let this be the real Obama legacy: scare tactics, threatening people’s rights, forcing them to buy what they don’t want (ahem, Obamacare), as well as many a scandal (Fast and Furious, Benghazi, mysterious shopping trips to purchase jeans better fit for soccer moms). But hey, all silver linings for the people in both the boom-boom sticks and matriarch denim industries.