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The Democrats Are Coming! Boom in Gun Sales After Election

Making sure to exercise their Second Amendment rights before it's too late, firearm fans have gone on a shopping spree. Gun shop owners report record sales since Tuesday, suspecting that customers fear a Democratic federal government could curtail the right to bear arms with new gun control laws. In fact in October, there were 15 percent more background checks issued for new purchases.

Barack Obama's stance on gun control shouldn't cause too much panic in the gun-carrying community. The president-elect has said that he "will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport, and use guns." He also believes the Second Amendment creates an individual right, just as the Supreme Court decided earlier this year. Even so, Obama does support national legislation against carrying concealed firearms, and he may reinstate the ban on semiautomatic assault weapons.

If you're a gun enthusiast, do you feel like your rights will come under fire from the new Democratic leadership, or are you comforted by the fact that a lot of other problems might push gun control to the bottom of the agenda?

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StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
And I completely agree with the notion that people have NO idea what a semi-auto actually is.... and if people would take a pride in their community and not LET gangs grow to what they are.... there wouldn't be as much gang violence.... Much gang research has been done and they say it is a community failure... In the larger cities here where I live... we have the mexican and asian gangs... it is a comprehensive approach (not taking away guns) including community members raising their kids to believe gangs are wrong ('which in this research say that 60-70% of 4th graders in gang neighborhoods, think there is nothing wrong with gangs)giving police cooperation and not being intimidated by them....I can't say it would work in every neighborhood.... but this is research done in many arenas.... any one interested should contact their local police departments gang task forces and they can supply you with all info regarding this.... It is not the legal gun owners who register all gun purchases that are the problem.... maybe if you see someone with a gun.... you should tell the police! Let them see if it is registered!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Witchy Ways---- obviously you are not american, the reason we believe in our guns IS because it is written into our constitution. Many Americans come from lands that were governed by oppressive rulers. We have our RIGHT to bear arms so as to form a militia if we need to protect ourselves from a rogue leader. Everyone says, well you don't have to worry about that right now.... but if it ever comes to that.... what will we do, all go out and try to buy guns at that time??? Yeah that would work!!!! I have a winchester shotgun.... and after the election, my husband put in his application to purchase a hand gun. So we are in that group that caused the rise in sales.... These kids that are going out and shooting kids at school... is a parenting problem..... If I noticed my kids were acting weird and such, the guns would be out of my house.... There are many theories to why we have escalated violence.... and many ... do not have to do with guns. My reason, when you take away religion, you take away a fear of eternal damnation... no amount of jail can compare to eternal damnation...
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
My Oh Jeeze was at the title of the article hypno...not the point that you made. :)
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 7 years
Well, I for one am very happy about this...lots of money for the hubby's store! It's mostly the ARs that people are after because Obama wants to reenact the assault weapons ban. Everyone in the area is having a really tough time keeping them in stock. I think most people hear the term semi-auto and freak out without actually knowing what that means...same with most firearms terms...
em1282 em1282 7 years
Chris Rock makes everything better, ljawgirl. :)
melizzle melizzle 7 years
Interesting post... I do know of one friend who just purchased a gun after the election. Second amendment=empowered citizens.
gidigirl gidigirl 7 years
Now Em1282, that was hysterical!!!
em1282 em1282 7 years
I'm...not sure what the Rodney King riots have to do with anything, so...yeah, I don't really know what that means. However... "Everybody is talking about gun control. Got to control the guns. F that, I like guns. If you've got a gun, you don't need to work out! Cause, I ain't working out. I ain't jogging. No, I think we need some bullet control. I think every bullet should cost five thousand dollars. Five thousand dollars for a bullet. Know why? Cos if a bullet cost five thousand dollars, there'd be no more innocent by-standers. That'd be it. Some guy'd be shot you'd be all 'Damn, he must've done something, he's got fifty thousand dollars worth of bullets in his ass!' And people'd think before they shot someone 'Man I will blow your f-ing head off, if I could afford it. I'm gonna get me a second job, start saving up, and you a dead man. You'd better hope I don't get no bullets on lay-away!' And even if you get shot you wouldn't need to go to the emergency room. Whoever shot you'd take their bullet back. 'I believe you got my property?'"
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"It amused me how many liberal folks were scrambling to borrow firepower to defend home, family and business during the Rodney King riots" The fact that you would find it amusing that innocent people were getting beaten nearly to death on the street is pretty disgusting. How could you tell which ones were liberals and which were conservatives? Or do you just assume to know the political views of everyone living in Los Angeles? Did you manage to keep track of the number of people whose guns were stolen by looters?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Guns are Fun to shoot, Its exhilerating to hunt with them, They make me feel protected. my "obsession" is as simple as that.
jnj213 jnj213 7 years
Isn't there video of VP elect, Joe Biden, assuring the crowd Barack Obama will not take his guns from him... Anybody else remember this?
c6h12o6 c6h12o6 7 years
Jessiebanana – like beavis, I’ve seen many of those stats before (#61). One of the problems in this debate is that it’s hard to find neutral stats: - several of these are from Arthur Kellerman studies. Kellerman doesn’t release the data underlying his analysis, which is typically a big red flag in the academic/scientific community. The pro-gun / anti-control side claims to have refuted lots of his conclusions; he claims to have refuted lots of their conclusions, and nobody seems to be trusted as an objective arbiter. - Another odd thing about Kellerman is that his research favors handgun control, but in an interview several years ago in the San Francisco Examiner (4/3/1994), he said that if his wife were being attacked, he’d “want her to have a .38 Special in her hand.” - Citing the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – which changed its name from Handgun Control, Inc. in 2001 – is kinda like citing the NRA – they both push their viewpoints hard. (http://www.bradycampaign.org/about/history.php) That said, I think the per-capita homicide rates are way, way higher in the US than in most other industrialized nations, just like you say. And getting that to drop is a worthy goal. But it’s not clear that tighter gun control would have that effect: - The number of gun crimes was about the same in 1973 as it was in 2006 (361k v. 389k). It peaked in 1993 and then fell for 11 years – as a per capita rate, it’s 25% below where it was in ‘73. (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/tables/guncrimetab.htm). But between 1994 and 2006 Americans bought another 78 million guns (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov./bjs/pub/html/bcft/2007/table/bcft07st01.htm). So more guns on the street, but lower gun crime rate. - Also according to the Dept. of Justice, homicide offenders under age 17 were responsible for 10%-20% of gun homicides from 1975 to 2005…and they’re not allowed to own guns at all! The group from 18-24 was responsible for another 28%-45% of gun homicides over the same period – and at least some of those have to be under-21-year-olds with illegal handguns. (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/weapons.htm) I’d love to say that there’s an obvious policy solution to all this. Maybe there is, but I sure don’t see it.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 7 years
For those who say that Obama is not anti-gun, note that he has always voted for gun control legislation. "...Mr. (Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) Executive Director Richard) Pearson says, "I lobbied Barack Obama extensively while he was an Illinois State Senator. As a result of that experience, I know Obama's attitudes toward guns and gun owners better than anyone. The truth be told, in all my years in the Capitol I have never met a legislator who harbors more contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner than does Barack Obama."" nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=4221 California has a background check and a mandatory 10-day waiting period. It amused me how many liberal folks were scrambling to borrow firepower to defend home, family and business during the Rodney King riots. Hypocritical, ya think?
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 7 years
For those who say that Obama is not anti-gun, note that he has always voted for gun control legislation. "...Mr. (Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) Executive Director Richard) Pearson says, "I lobbied Barack Obama extensively while he was an Illinois State Senator. As a result of that experience, I know Obama's attitudes toward guns and gun owners better than anyone. The truth be told, in all my years in the Capitol I have never met a legislator who harbors more contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner than does Barack Obama."" nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=4221 California has a background check and a mandatory 10-day waiting period. It amused me how many liberal folks were scrambling to borrow firepower to defend home, family and business during the Rodney King riots. Hypocritical, ya think?
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I personally find this pretty funny. I think that federal level gun control is probably pretty low on the priority list right now, so I think this a complete over reaction. However, this helps our economy, because at least gun stores are having great sales! Plus, the gun lovers have an excuse for a splurge that makes them happy...even if they are doing it for silly reasons.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I personally find this pretty funny. I think that federal level gun control is probably pretty low on the priority list right now, so I think this a complete over reaction. However, this helps our economy, because at least gun stores are having great sales! Plus, the gun lovers have an excuse for a splurge that makes them happy...even if they are doing it for silly reasons.
skb9850 skb9850 7 years
I don't have a problem wtih background checks and waiting periods, as long as the waiting periods aren't too long. I'm OK with waiting up to 3 days, 4-7 days is longer than I'd want but I wouldn't complain too much, anything over 7 days is too much IMO.Jessie, cool. You can give me some pointers on the rifle 'cause I'm just learning. I can let you shoot some of our handguns in return. :)
skb9850 skb9850 7 years
I don't have a problem wtih background checks and waiting periods, as long as the waiting periods aren't too long. I'm OK with waiting up to 3 days, 4-7 days is longer than I'd want but I wouldn't complain too much, anything over 7 days is too much IMO. Jessie, cool. You can give me some pointers on the rifle 'cause I'm just learning. I can let you shoot some of our handguns in return. :)
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
Because of modern technology, background checks don't = waiting periods anymore. They are done in a matter of minutes in a phone call that the gun dealer makes to an FBI resource center.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
Because of modern technology, background checks don't = waiting periods anymore. They are done in a matter of minutes in a phone call that the gun dealer makes to an FBI resource center.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Coming in late to the game, but in Montana and the like, sometimes, the time difference of having semi-automatic will save your horses, livestock, child's life. Our family has a ranch outside of Miles City, MT, and have had to use a semi against bears and wolves.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
"I agree with that I just don't see back ground checks as a threat to an (essential) liberty." "Waiting periods are wrong IMO, but selling a gun to just anybody is wrong also...so I agree." I understand that. Sometimes I have to wait weeks to work and get paid in order for background checks to go through because I work with children. Most of the time I have to pay for all of these checks and finger print cards. It sucks cause I know I am not a child sex offender, but I completely understand why schools and organizations runs these checks and I want them to for the sake of the children. That is how I look at background checks for gun ownership.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
"I agree with that I just don't see back ground checks as a threat to an (essential) liberty.""Waiting periods are wrong IMO, but selling a gun to just anybody is wrong also...so I agree."I understand that. Sometimes I have to wait weeks to work and get paid in order for background checks to go through because I work with children. Most of the time I have to pay for all of these checks and finger print cards. It sucks cause I know I am not a child sex offender, but I completely understand why schools and organizations runs these checks and I want them to for the sake of the children. That is how I look at background checks for gun ownership.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Is it just me or does anyone else notice that the guy in the photo chews his nails. Now do we want a nervous cat like that running around with a gun, lol.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
I think there has been a tug of war regarding gun control that has put both sides on the wrong side of the issue at times. Long waiting periods or "cooldown" periods have caused groups like the NRA (lifetime member here) to swing the pendulum too far, pushing for no delay in firearm purchase. Waiting periods are wrong IMO, but selling a gun to just anybody is wrong also...so I agree.
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