State of the gun industry is ‘alert’

posted at 2:01 pm on January 28, 2016 by Matt Vespa

Let’s not kid ourselves; the firearms industry is seeing some good balance sheets. In fact, they’ve seen spectacular sales ever since Barack Obama took office. As the president issues executive actions on gun control, one of the ironic aspects of the Obama legacy is that over 100 million guns have been sold since his 2009 inauguration. Nevertheless, on January 20, the first day of the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade show (SHOT Show) in Las Vegas, Nevada, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) president Steve Sanetti noted that the prolonged and incessant attack on the Second Amendment by the media and their like-minded friends in government has placed the industry on “alert” (via NSSF):

 

“We’ve been told that our industry ‘does nothing for gun safety.’ Yet between the manufacturers and the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe, we’ve distributed over 100 million free gun locks and safety materials, in cooperation with law enforcement in over 15,000 communities, in all 50 states during the last 15 years. Over 1,200 industry partners have signed on to our ‘Own It? Respect It. Secure It’ program, and the Project ChildSafe Foundation now accepts charitable contributions from anyone who wishes to help advance true gun safety. …”

“Incredibly, some gun control groups actually object to our saving lives with this program because we don’t agree with their politics!

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“We think of the upcoming elections as a Presidential election. Indeed it is; but it is so much more. This election is about your entire government, right down to the local level, which ultimately will determine the courses of all our lives, our industry, and the way of life we treasure.” Emphasizing that those elections include possible vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court, new Federal Judge appointees, presidential department head appointees and dozens of Congressional seats are also at stake, just as are Attorneys General, mayors, city and town councils and judges on the local level, Sanetti continued, “Beware of politician’s’ statements that begin with, ‘I support the Second Amendment but…’ Check out how they vote; not just what they say. Some politicians who would do us in have come right out and said so—they’ve dropped all pretense of being respectful of lawful commence in firearms and have made it easy to choose. But make your choice known by educating all in this fine industry, through all the means at our disposal. And ultimately, by voting, and getting out the vote.”

Concluding his address, Sanetti said, “So ladies and gentlemen, the State of the Industry tonight is alert. Alert to the challenges we face. Alert to those who would destroy our livelihoods and our avocations. Alert to false friends and false promises and misrepresentations about us. Alert to the fact that all elections—all elections—have consequences. And above all, alert to the new, promising world of millions of law abiding American citizens who are joining our ranks in honest, lawful, and safe ownership and use of firearms.

With President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton using the United Kingdom and Australian models for gun control, which is centered on gun registries, bans, buybacks, and confiscation, the choice seems to be very clear to any gun owners and Second Amendment supporter capable of rational thought. Democrats are pushing legislation that would lay the legal groundwork for anti-gunner to sue the firearms industry out of existence. It has no chance of passing, but that’s not the point. It shows, as so often with liberal advocacy, that they’re willing to go down the undemocratic road of using the courts to push their agenda. Elections have consequences, even ones that don’t get national attention. One has to look no further than Richmond, Virginia, where Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat who barely won his 2013 race, decided to unilaterally eviscerate concealed carry reciprocity agreements with two dozen states.

In 2016, between the Republican field and the Democratic geriatric brigade, the choice is quite clear for any supporter of the Second Amendment. Yes, our heritage is, indeed, on alert.


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I was unclear above.

Their propagandaThe propaganda from the “idiots and provocateurs” must not be allowed to stand unchallenged by truth and logic.

I forgot to preview and proofread, as usual. Apologies.

hillbillyjim on January 29, 2016 at 12:34 AM

And government does not intercede on your behalf, either.

Jeff Weimer on January 28, 2016 at 7:45 PM

They do it a hundred times a day. When the government pulls over someone who is speeding that is on my behalf. When they monitor pollution levels that’s on my behalf. When they guard the coasts that’s on my behalf. When they maintain schools and parks that’s on my behalf. The VAST majority of what they do every day is on my behalf. Not solely mine but all of ours.

Kenny Bania on January 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM

LOL!

See my post in the Flint Michigan clean water thread, where I correctly noted that a private group of citizens in the same town in Hawai’i O’bama just spent his multi-million dollar 2-week vacation in successfully rebuilt a fountain in a public park in that town for 1/10th of the cost that the city’s Democrat Government said it would cost.

Thanks again for proving to us why your Party lost the college graduate vote in 2012. A daily occurence, by the way!

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2016 at 1:52 AM

And government does not intercede on your behalf, either.

Jeff Weimer on January 28, 2016 at 7:45 PM

They do it a hundred times a day. When the government pulls over someone who is speeding that is on my behalf. When they monitor pollution levels that’s on my behalf. When they guard the coasts that’s on my behalf. When they maintain schools and parks that’s on my behalf. The VAST majority of what they do every day is on my behalf. Not solely mine but all of ours.

Kenny Bania on January 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM

The Government also chose to launch Space Shuttle Challenger 30 years ago this week in 18 degree F conditions, even though the Thiokol engineers at the Utah plant and also at the Cape told the Government that their solid rocket boosters were only tested at 40 degrees or above, and were never certified to work below 40 degrees.

Care to explain to the survivors of NH civilian teacher Christa McAuliffe why your all-knowing government let her get killed?

And how does the government pulling over someone for speeding a thousand miles away from where you live “beneficial” to you?

As for “monitoring pollution”, according to the American Lung Association, the 5 Most Polluted places in the US are all in Democrat-run California. In fact, 14 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the US have been run by Democrats for decades.

Get some help, and soon!

F-#57.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2016 at 3:04 AM

C’MON, CivilDiscourse … get back to our lists of “freedoms” we believe we have been robbed of, and explain how we’re wrong.

listens2glenn on January 29, 2016 at 7:20 AM

That’s pretty simple; any time anyone even hints that they might take a look at even the most common-sense restriction…

So far as I can tell (and I’ll admit I’m not an expert), we already have plenty of “common sense restrictions.”

…here come these guys in the gun industry and lobbyists—and ALL the politicians in their pockets—screaming down the heavens about gun grabbing.

CivilDiscourse on January 28, 2016 at 3:41 PM

When you use the UK and Australia as examples, the “common sense restriction” you’re pointing to is total, forcible confiscation.

If that differs from “gun grabbing,” in what particulars does it differ?

And what are these “common sense restrictions” you suggest? I have yet to hear a Democrat “gun control” advocate mention any of them. For that matter, I have yet to hear a Democrat “gun control” advocate explain how any of their suggestions would have prevented the events they dance in the blood of the slain over as a justification for those same suggestions. Given that, it seems common sense is in short supply among “gun control” advocates.

So since you’re convinced you’re the “common sense” person on this thread, perhaps you’d care to give examples rather than just make snide remarks and belittle people?

For the record, I own no guns, I have never owned a gun in my life (I’m in my late 50s), and I have no desire to own one. But that’s beside the point. I’m not Christian either, but that doesn’t mean I’m okay with denying Christians their 1st Amendment rights.

GrumpyOldFart on January 29, 2016 at 9:08 AM

You have a choice. You don’t have to murder people just because you like guns. You have a choice in that situation whether you value human life more or less than a piece of metal. I really hope you think long and hard about why you are even willing to consider such a path.

It’s sick.

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 7:42 PM

You have a choice. You don’t have to murder people with the coercive force of the state just because you hate guns and gun owners. You have a choice in that situation whether you value human life and natural rights more or less than an irrational phobia and a lust for domination . I really hope you think long and hard about why you are even willing to consider such a path.

It’s sick.

Rusty_Shackleford on January 29, 2016 at 11:36 AM

It’s sick.

Rusty_Shackleford on January 29, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Let it go, he’s long gone.

He was asked to provide material support and that’s always his exit cue. This thread no longer exists to him.

And also, your handle is awesome.

The Schaef on January 29, 2016 at 11:49 AM

It’s sick.

Kenny Bania on January 28, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Get ready to get even sicker!

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will announce Friday his administration will restore handgun reciprocity agreements with almost all 25 states his attorney general, Mark Herring, previously announced the state would stop recognizing, The Washington Post reported.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2016 at 12:06 PM

listens2glenn on January 28, 2016 at 7:34 PM

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You have a choice. You don’t have to murder people just because you like guns. You have a choice in that situation whether you value human life more or less than a piece of metal. I really hope you think long and hard about why you are even willing to consider such a path.

It’s sick.
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Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 7:42 PM

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I value a LIFESTYLE … of INDIVIDUAL … FREEDOM … and that lifestyle is INCOMPATIBLE with the “urban collectivist” ideology.
That “piece of metal” represents PHYSICAL … POWER … CAPABILITY … to enforce my will, as pertains to my choice of lifestyle.

I wasn’t “choosing to murder” anyone, until people of your like-minded ideology began to use the ‘law-of-the-land’ to herd us like livestock, into having to live our daily walk of life according to the terms of this “urban collectivist” ideology.

THERE’S … NO … WAY … that isn’t … worth fighting to the death over.

The common, American citizen, ‘armed-with-deadly-force’, is all that stands in the way of the “ultimate socialized government agenda.”

listens2glenn on January 30, 2016 at 2:11 PM

The language is loose enough. Arms can be interpreted to not include guns (the same way it’s already been interpreted to not include tanks or antiaircraft guns). We can make it work. Or we could just pass an amendment to supersede the the 2nd since it’s nothing but an anachronism now.

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 6:21 PM

The consent of the governed is only an anachronism if your vision of the future is a boot stomping on a human face.

It is not mine. Not now, not ever.

Voyager on January 30, 2016 at 3:47 PM

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