Gun sales continue to climb, reaching a record high this past June, topping the FBI background checks for June since the agency began keeping records in 1998.
The 11 percent increase–1.53 million checks–continues an overall increase in yearly weapons purchases. Checks remained generally no higher than 8.95 million before 2006, but jumped 12 percent to $10.03 million that year. Checks climbed to 21.09 million in 2013 and 20.96 million last year. So far at half-year, checks are at 10.96 million.
Theories abound about the increase. Some see it as the “Obama effect”–fear of more gun control and an increasingly overreaching federal government. This was clearly one of founders’ reasons for private gun ownership. “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence,” said George Washington, for example. When gun sales surged in 2009, people in the gun industry joked that President Barack Obama was “the greatest gun salesman of all time.”
Joshua Krause of the DC Clothesline opines that a recent drop in guns and ammunition prices also have helped:
It wasn’t that long ago that we were experiencing severe ammunition and firearm shortages. The prices for pretty much every kind of weapon reached outrageous levels, and there was a waiting list for just about everything gun related. But over the past two years or so, the cost of firearms has finally fallen to a reasonable price point, and ammo shortages have largely relented. Contrary to popular belief however, gun purchases have not fallen. In fact, it seems that Americans are still buying more guns then ever before.
Writing in Forbes, Frank Miniter states that the public attitude toward guns has become more positive. “In 1959 some 60 percent of the American public favored handgun bans, according to Gallup, whereas today 73 percent oppose such bans and only 26 percent want bans on handguns,” he says.
Michael Bazinet, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry group, said the increase is driven in part by the influx of more women and first-time gun owners into the market. Nearly 80 percent of gun retailers reported an increase in female customers in 2012, the most recent figures from the NSSF. In Florida, 22 percent of the concealed carry permits are held by women. In Texas, women hold 28 percent of concealed carry permits, up sevenfold in the last 10 years.
Mass shooting always result in demands for more gun control, but the public seems to be reacting the opposite way. Between 2004 and 2012, gun ownership increased by 61 percent. But since 2008, violent crimes decreased by 12.9 percent.
by Eric Retzlaff
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