THSC: The Election: Taking Gun Sales to a New Level

Back in 2008 when Obama was first elected into office, many Americans felt some level of fear. As a result, gun sales skyrocketed. Since the re-election of President Obama, many citizens and organizations have taken action to promote the sales of guns, and most certainly, gun sales have continued to rise.

“Jim and Joy Pruett, who have run Jim Pruett’s Guns and Ammo for 11 years, said sales have gone “through the roof” since Election Day. “We haven’t been able to keep up with it,” Pruett said. “It’s beyond our wildest imagination.”

Matthew Swan, a firearms associate at Gander Mountain on Hempstead Road, said he’s also noticed an uptick in gun sales and ammunition since Obama’s re-election.

“People come in here with opinions,” Swan said. “There are people coming in that have never even been interested in firearms.”

Similar stories emerged in cities across the country, with stores attributing higher sales to fears of stricter gun laws passing in Obama’s second term.”

While many have claimed that more gun sales will increase crime rates, the exact opposite has occurred. In fact, a recent report released by the FBI stated that violent crime has been declining for the past nine years, and continues to decrease. Last Monday, the statistics showed that crime has decreased by 0.8 percent in the past year. It was also reported that forcible rape, non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault and robbery have fallen as well.

Alongside the increase in gun sales, crime should continue to decline.

While the government has began to belt down on gun regulations, churches have viewed it as an opportunity to reach the community. While churches have many opportunities to outreach to women, organizations have found that offering concealed-carry weapons training is an effective way to reach men. The Daily gives us the specifics:

“Church has done a good job with coffee klatches or whatever, but we haven’t really reached out to guys,” said Jeff Copley, a preacher at the church. “And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt.”

Hundreds of students have enrolled in the 10-hour course, which meets the state requirements for earning a concealed weapons permit. The training includes two hours on a church member’s private shooting range.

“I grew up going to church, but hadn’t attended in a number of years,” said David Freeman, 52, a local engineering manager who attended a firearm safety class at the church. “Always considered myself a Christian. I came for the gun classes and have been coming back for two years.”

The Marengo church launched its program several years ago and was likely among the first in the country to offer concealed weapons training. But from Texas to North Carolina, a smattering of congregations have recently followed suit, as ministers seek to capitalize on local enthusiasm for gun culture and demand for carry permit classes to expand their flocks.”

Not only have gun sales increased, creating outreach opportunities for churches. It turns out that gun sales set record highs on Black Friday this year as well. Anderson Independent Mail reported the facts:

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation reported Monday that criminal background checks required of potential gun buyers in the country reached a single-day record of 154,873 on Black Friday — 20 percent higher than the previous record set on Black Friday of 2011.”

Citizens are feeling insecure, gun sales are increasing, and our government is belting down on regulations. What more could come out of this? As always, there are many against ideas promoting the ownership of guns. What are your thoughts?

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