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There have been some unique changes to our world since President Trump was elected…

One of those is the rise of left-wing “resistance” movements.

The truth is, I’m pretty puzzled by the whole thing, but it’s very, very troubling because I sincerely believe they’re more dangerous than ISIS.

What Is Antifa?

I’m not going to even pretend to be an expert here, but “Antifa” is the name of left-leaning groups of people that claim they are “Anti-Fascist” – that’s where the name comes from.

Clever huh?

After doing some research, it appears this was an actual historical movement from around WWII times in Germany/Italy, mostly made up of communists who opposed the fascist regimes of Mussolini and Hitler.

Today though?

Everyone and everything these extreme progressives don’t like is now a “Nazi” or a “fascist.”

The term “alt-right” is now being applied to anyone to the right of Karl Marx (despite the fact that nobody really knows for sure what “alt-right” means).

To these militants on the left, Donald Trump, every single person who voted for him, anyone who opposes any component or increment of left-wing politics, and anyone who disagrees with a liberal on social media is an alt-right bigoted homophobic transphobic Nazi racist fascist KKK member.

They rose to prominence in our popular culture after one of them got famous for punching white nationalist Richard Spencer. “Nazi Punching” they called it. And they were praised everywhere. Here’s the problem …

Why Are They Dangerous?

In short, because in their mind they believe their violence is justified.

And you’re a target.

No matter how deeply you believe you are not a Nazi, this does not matter to an antifa thug, an anarcho-communist, or a liberal political activist.

He or she believes you are a Nazi, that you are “alt-right,” that your disagreement makes you a racist. In his or her mind, you have already been dehumanized, and thus you have no rights.

Marginalizing conservatives and conservative political positions as wrongthink has long been a tool of the Left… but now it carries with it potential physical attack.

Check Out Some Of Their Lovely Memes…

I think if you’re reading this blog, you can appreciate the DTOM (Don’t Tread On Me) flag and where it comes from in our American history.

Here’s what Antifa thinks:

 

And there’s more…

 

Why Are They More Dangerous Than ISIS?

Because they’re actually a threat, and the mainstream media largely embraces them and — let’s face it — takes their side when reporting news stories involving them.

Plus, there’s a LOT of people in America that openly support them…

And let’s face it, they’re comfortable with violence and they’re practicing. This is a video from Antifa in Arizona that created the John Brown Gun Club:

And the movement is getting more violent around the world.

Antifa is even in Paris, where on May 1st – a communist holiday — they hit french police with molotov cocktails. Here’s a video:

 

Take a look at this picture:

 

Keep Your Head Up

These people are willing to do violence.

They’ve started training.

They definitely have access to guns…

They’re more than willing to use violence with their hands or any weapon against people they claim are “Nazis”.

And the main stream media is giving them a free pass. So don’t ignore them.

Keep preparing. Carry your gun. Get in shape and keep training. Things will probably get worse before they get better…

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If you publicly express the idea that you have a right to own a gun or think people should have to show I.D. before they vote, you might deserve the violence progressive activists seek to inflict upon you. It’s hard too see a recent op-ed published by the N.Y. Times as anything other than glaring support of violent anti-free speech “protests” that have been silencing skeptics of the progressive faith. While it’s not exactly shocking that the Times would publish such an article, it does reflect how rapidly the left is moving towards acceptance of violent authoritarianism.

In an article entitled “What Snowflakes Get Right About Free Speech” an essentially fascist professor, Ulrich Baer, of New York University argues that students are right to shut down speech.

Free-speech protections — not only but especially in universities, which aim to educate students in how to belong to various communities — should not mean that someone’s humanity, or their right to participate in political speech as political agents, can be freely attacked, demeaned or questioned.

Ulrich then claims that Ben Carson saying that that transgender people are men and women in disguise, invalidates their humanity. It gets even crazier, he then claims that Trump calling the media “enemies of the American people” delegitimizes whole groups of people thus constituting hate speech. Literally, the next paragraph, Ulrich hypocritically infers that the historical model of free speech that most Americans support is a “clear and present danger to our democracy.” It’s OK for Ulrich to call you a threat to the republic, but don’t you dare do the same to him!

Ulrich isn’t so much a hypocrite as he is an authoritarian, he simply thinks that might makes right. His tribe is superior to yours and will silence speech that threatens their quest for power and domination over you. True progressivism is simply about power.

 

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Leftists on the progressive protest circuit have taken an irrational protest to a new level. They staged a die-in to protest Donald Trump’s speech to the NRA. Their fake deaths were a perfect symbol of the fake struggle between courageous politicians and a supposedly evil gun lobby.

Organizations like  Handgun Control inc. used to be interested in public safety, not just politics. Their logic was simple, by making virtually all modern firearms illegal, heat of the moment homicides and suicides would be less common. These anti-gun citizens, were willing to deny normal law abiding citizens the right of gun ownership for an anticipated reduction in crimes of passion and suicide. Their platform was gun registration followed presumably by confiscation.

The Hand Gun Control Inc. platform was extremely unpopular with the American public and politically untenable. Eventually, Hand Gun Control Inc. changed it’s name to The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, they began pushing politically expedient lies. Instead of trying to “solve gun violence” with gun control they now stand on the graves of dead children after mass shootings, pretending that some ludicrous new do-nothing law would have prevented the tragedy. Utterly nonsensical laws have replaced the old registration/confiscation platform of the past.

At this point in time, the left doesn’t have any honest organizations actually interested in public safety remaining.

With that in mind, enjoy watching these hysterical nutcases faking their own deaths for a fake cause.

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A new study destroys anti-gun narratives and sheds more light on the reality of murders in America. A mere 1% of counties in America account for 19% of our murder rate. Murder is highly concentrated in a few areas of the country. Most of America has an extremely low murder rate which is skewed by a few insane high crime areas.

The anti-gun lie is that, because America has more guns than most European nations, gun ownership is to blame for our higher crime rates. In fact, research is continually showing that most of America has extremely low rates of crime despite having much higher rates of gun ownership.

Check this out:

This week, a new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) revealed just how concentrated murders are in the U.S. Citing county level data from 2014, researchers determined that a small fraction of all counties are responsible for a majority of the murders in the U.S.

According to the report, just 2 percent of all of the counties in the country account for 51 percent of the nation’s murders. The top 5 percent of counties account for 68 percent of all murders. Further, 69 percent of all counties experienced one murder or less in 2014.

It is correct to expect that counties with large population centers are going to necessarily account for more murders. However, as the report details, the most dangerous counties account for an outsized proportion of murders given their population. The report noted, “The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders.”

CPRC also pointed out that murders are often highly concentrated within a given county. Citing Los Angeles County, which experienced 526 murder in 2014, CPRC showed that there were wide swaths of the county with virtually no murders.

CPRC’s data dovetails with other research on the concentration of criminal violence. In recent years, researchers from Yale University have studied the concentration of violence in certain social networks. In a 2015 piece for the Hartford Courant that succinctly outlines some of this research, Yale Ph.D. candidate Michael Sierra-Arévalo explained that Yale University sociologists determined “70 percent of all shootings in Chicago can be located in a social network composed of less than 6 percent of the city’s population.” Sierra-Arévalo also cited a study from researchers at Harvard and Yale, that examined violence perpetrated with guns in Boston. This research showed that violence is heavily concentrated even within a given city, determining that “between 1980 and 2009, 89 percent of Boston streets never experienced an episode of gun violence,” and that “more than half of all the gun violence during the almost 30-year period occurred in only 5 percent of the city’s streets.”

The bottom line is that the vast majority of murders happen in an extremely small area, amongst a small segment of the population; that is engaged in the gang culture. In places like Chicago the vast majority of murders happen with guns that are illegal to begin with.

Wether it’s the murder rate in Chicago or South America, the cause of high murder rates is crystal clear. Gun control has no correlation with murder rates and the existence of gang culture has everything to do with it.

Europe has a lower murder rates because they have fewer MS13 gangbangers killing each other (duh!). Brazil and Chicago, IL have high murder rates because they have a small percentage of the population in the gang culture, shooting each other.

The ability of law abiding citizens  to possess guns has never been correlated with murder rates. Both Brazil and Chicago have intense gun control laws but high murder rates, meanwhile 69% of American counties had one murder or less despite having some of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world.

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Who says it’s impossible to get a gun license in New York City? All you need is a wad of cash and a bus full of strippers.

Two NYPD Officers were recently busted for taking bribes in exchange for issuing gun licenses. Criminals who paid the bribes got the privilege of a license while law abiding citizens were (and still are) routinely denied their rights. If you didn’t have money, that was O.K., the corrupt officers also accepted stripper parties.

It’s almost like that’s the purpose of gun control in NYC, you have to make sure the little people can’t bear arms, gun licenses are for privileged criminals.

Check out how crazy it got (from Bearing Arms):

According to Kim, the suspects saw license expeditors making huge sums of money, some as much as $10,000.

“They allegedly sold their oath to serve and protect, they sold their duty to do their jobs, they just issued gun licenses to whoever the bribing expediters brought them without conducting the necessary background checks, without questioning their need for a gun license and without following up on major red flags,” Kim told CBS New York. “Over 100 gun licenses were issued in this problematic way.”

What makes matters even worse? One of the people who received a license during this scheme was a known domestic abuser. He had four domestic violence complaints, including once incident where he threatened to kill someone.

As usual, law and regulations are abused by the those in power. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Which is why progressively absolutely want more power.

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If you don’t know, there are some INSANE laws from 1934 that govern much of what is “legal” in the firearms world.

They’re known as the National Firearms Act (NFA) laws.

And they suck.

It’s the reason you can’t buy silencers & short barreled rifles off the shelf. A short barreled rifle is anything under 16″.

Well, there is one way around the NFA laws on short barreled rifles. If you do it right, you can legally own an AR-15 with a short barrel rifle without paying for a $200 tax stamp and waiting for approval by the ATF. Check it out:

How To Get A “Short Barrel” AR-15 Without Paying An NFA $200 Tax, etc

In short, you need a pistol …

The AR-15 platform can be had in either a “pistol” or “rifle”.

You want to buy the “pistol” type (or build it yourself, if you know how to do it legally).

What’s the ONLY difference between a pistol AR-15 and the rifle version?

Very simply, the pistol AR-15 can NOT have a buttstock of any kind. And it must NEVER have had a buttstock of any kind attached. The actual lower receiver is bought/transferred into your name as a pistol lower, not a rifle lower.

(In other words, if you bought an AR-15 rifle with a buttstock and then took the buttstock off, while it may look EXACTLY like an AR-15 pistol — the ATF still considers it a rifle.)

 

Image source: AR-15 pistol PDW

Why You Want an AR-15 Pistol

Here’s the reasons you want an AR-15 pistol …

1. It’s legally a pistol. That means with your concealed carry permit, you can legally carry it concealed in public just like you would any other pistol (like a Glock, etc). That’s important because a lot of states say you can’t carry a loaded rifle/shotgun around with you or in your car, etc. They have different rules for pistols.

2. As a pistol, you can have a short barrel (less than 16″) on it without it becoming a “short barrel rifle” which is a NFA weapon. An NFA weapon is illegal to have without paying a Tax Stamp to the ATF and getting their permission to own/build it. Obviously, you’ll want a shorter barrel because it makes it easier to conceal.

By The Way, There Are Now Multiple Pistols – Not Just AR-15’s …

L to R: Sig MPX, HK MP5, KRISS Vector, AR-15, Scorpion EVO, Uzi – all with SB Tactical Braces

You can now buy pistol versions of the following rifles, including (but not limited to):

* AK-47’s
* .308 FAL’s
* CZ Scorpion EVO
* KRISS Vector
* IWI Uzi Pistol
* HK MP5, HK53, MP5K’s, etc
* Sig MPX

The Invention Of The “Stabilizer Brace”


AR-15 pistols used to be considered “range toys”, but sometime in 2013 SB Tactical started selling something called a “stabilizing brace” for AR-15 & AK-47 pistols.

It took the market by storm and was very popular.

It’s important to note that they got approval from the ATF for making these braces way back in 2012. The agency said:

“the submitted brace, when attached to a firearm, does not convert that weapon to be fired from the shoulder and would not alter the classification of a pistol or other firearm. While a firearm so equipped would still be regulated by the Gun Control Act … such a firearm would not be subject to NFA controls.”

Of course, one of the obvious ways to fire a pistol with one of these things attached is by using the brace as a makeshift “stock” on your shoulder …

Something you can already do with the built-in buffer tube of an AR-15 pistol. In fact, in the below pictures from an article by Gabe Suarez on the M4 Pistol concept, you can see the two primary ways of running the M4 Pistol – either the cheek index for CQB or when greater accuracy is needed — obtaining a fourth point of contact by bringing the end of the buffer tube back into the shoulder.

Gabe Suarez demonstrating two ways to fire an AR-15 pistol using either cheek support only or also getting a fourth point of contact on the shoulder. Obviously, shouldering a regular AR-15 pistol does not magically make it a rifle … right?

Obviously, this does not somehow magically turn an AR-15 pistol into a rifle, just because you “shoulder it”.

The ATF agreed, because in March 2014 they said this in a second letter,

“for the following reasons, we have determined that firing a pistol from the shoulder would not cause the pistol to be reclassified as an SBR: FTB classifies weapons based on their physical design characteristics. While usage/functionality of the weapon does influence the intended design, it is not the sole criterion for determining the classification of a weapon. Generally speaking, we do not classify weapons based on how an individual uses a weapon.”

Things were wonderful in AR-15 pistol land – people finally had a cost effective, good looking, potentially useful accessory to put on their AR-15 pistols to (arguably) make them easier to handle and everything seemed great.

The ATF issued a third letter just before SHOT Show in January 2015 that resulted in panic in the firearms industry. The letter stated:

“the pistol stabilizing brace was neither ‘designed’ nor approved to be used as a shoulder stock, and therefore use as a shoulder stock constitutes a ‘redesign’ of the device because a possessor has changed the very function of the item.”

In other words, by simply shouldering an AR-15 pistol with a stabilizing brace attached, you have magically “redesigned” it into a short-barreled-rifle and you’re now a felon.

Which, of course, makes no sense because if you take it out of your shoulder pocket does it magically “redesign” back into a pistol if you fire it with your arms extended like one?

Fire it with two hands like this, and does it magically redesign itself back into a pistol? But then you shoulder it and it magically redesigns itself into a rifle?

Either way, these letters from the ATF are basically law, so everyone was cautioned to not shoulder any pistol with a brace attached.

Which brings us to modern times …

ATF REVERSES Opinion On Pistols With Braces (AGAIN!), Now Says Pistols Are Still Pistols, Even If You Shoulder Them

Recoil Mag posted a letter from the ATF that has reversed the earlier reversal to the earlier reversal letter … or whatever.

The latest letter from the ATF is here.

And here’s what SBTactical had to say about it.

“… The new clarification of opinion letter states, “an NFA firearm has not necessarily been made when the device is not reconfigured for use as a shoulder stock – even if the attached firearm happens to be fired from the shoulder. To the extent that the January 2015 Open Letter implied or has been construed to hold that incidental, sporadic, or situational “use” of an arm-brace (in its original approved configuration) equipped firearm from a firing position at or near the shoulder was sufficient to constitute “redesign,” such interpretations are incorrect and not consistent with ATF’s interpretation of the statute or the manner in which it has historically been enforced.”

SB Tactical, along with the law offices of Mark Barnes & Associates, have worked tirelessly for more than two years to correct what they believed to be an inaccurate interpretation of “redesign,” related to the Pistol Stabilizing Brace. “It has always been our belief that the addition of our Pistol Stabilizing Brace benefits shooters, both disabled and able-bodied, and that neither strapping it to your arm nor shouldering a brace equipped pistol would constitute ‘redesign’ of a pistol to a NFA firearm”, said Alex Bosco, inventor, founder and CEO of SB Tactical. “We are strongly encouraged by the ATF’s reversal of opinion and commend their willingness to continually review policy, including their own opinions, to ensure public safety and the fulfillment of their mission.”

Both SB Tactical and Mark Barnes & Associates are proud to be at the forefront of protecting and preserving the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. Mark Barnes echoed Bosco’s praise of the ATF’s new guidance and stated that “it’s clear that the Bureau has no intention or desire to prosecute law abiding citizens using SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Braces. Their decision to act should be commended.”

So It Looks Like You Can Shoulder A Stabilizing Brace Now, Just Don’t Modify It!

Of course, the entire internet will be in a roar telling you that if you do ANY modifications to a stabilizing brace then you’ve redesigned it and you’ll go to jail.

That may or may not be true.

The REAL issue here is that these are outdated laws from 1934 that should have neve been passed in the first place and the entire NFA needs to be repealed because it’s just silly.

First silencers need to be legal, and then the NFA needs to get repealed. Until then, enjoy shouldering your pistol braces without fear of an ATF hit squad busting down your door and shooting your dog!

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This is what happens when you pass every insane partisan two bit control idea that comes across your plate, eventually you start running out of ideas.  New York City is now trying to pressure Virginia into passing more gun control laws. It’s already much more difficult to buy a pistol anywhere in New York State than it is in many European countries. Start with a six month wait time just to get a permit, add in over a hundred of dollars in fees and maybe, just maybe, you can can a permit in rural parts of upstate New York. Want a pistol permit in NYC? Fuhgeddaboudit! Unless you’re buddies with the police chief or your last name is Bloomberg, it’s probably not going to happen.

The problem for leftists, isn’t that their ineffective laws don’t work, no, the problem is that people hundreds of miles away refuse to adopt their genius laws. New York politicians have been turning up the heat in their demand for more gun control in other states like Virginia, even the NYPD is getting in the act.

Now the NYC liberal who governs the state of Virginia is joining the chorus:

Unfortunately for Virginians, one of the New Yorkers blaming the Old Dominion for the Empire State’s problems occupies the commonwealth’s Executive Mansion. This week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe – a native of Syracuse, N.Y. and staunch ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton – called for the enactment of a new one-handgun-a-month law. In doing so, McAuliffe stated in a press release “Five years ago, the General Assembly took the ill-advised step of repealing this common-sense limitation. As a result, Virginia is once again becoming the go-to state for criminals to purchase weapons in bulk.” Moreover, McAuliffe proposed an amendment that would resurrect the handgun rationing law to Senate Bill 1023, a bill intended to protect the privacy of Right-to-Carry permit holders.

As reported in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, SB 1023’s sponsor, Sen. Richard H. Stuart did not appreciate the governor’s attempt to pervert his legislation. Stuart noted, “I also find it unfortunate that the governor chooses to place his priorities with New York City instead of the citizens of Virginia.”

McAuliffe’s contention that “Virginia is once again becoming the go-to state” for gun traffickers, is not supported by the available data. 

Each year the ATF’s Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information releases information on firearm trace data for each state. This includes a breakdown of the number of firearms recovered in a state that are traced to individual “source” states. The most recent data available is from 2015.

It is important to note that there are significant limitations to the usefulness of ATF firearms trace data. The data carries an important disclaimer explaining these limitations. Two points to remember in this context are that “Not all firearms used in crime are traced and not all firearms traced are used in crime,” and that, “Firearms are normally traced to the first retail seller, and sources reported for firearms traced do not necessarily represent the sources or methods by which firearms in general are acquired for use in crime.” However, the use of this data is popular with gun control supporters, and is often used to blame the gun laws of another state for crime problems in a state with restrictive gun controls.

If McAuliffe’s contention were correct, or if Virginia’s handgun rationing law was an effective deterrent to interstate gun trafficking, it might be expected that the number of firearms recovered in New York and traced to Virginia would have dramatically increased following the repeal of the one-handgun-a-month law.

This is not the case.

Virginia’s handgun rationing law was repealed in 2012. That year, 458 firearms recovered in New York were traced to Virginia. Each of the three following years saw trace numbers lower than the 2012 total. Excluding 2012, as the law was removed during the year, in the three years prior to repeal (2009-11), a total of 1265 firearms recovered in New York were traced to Virginia. In the three years following repeal (2013-15), a total of 1259 New York recovered firearms were traced to Virginia.

When firearms recovered in New York and traced to Virginia are measured as a percentage of all traced firearms recovered in New York where the source state could be identified, there was not a dramatic increase in Virginia sourced firearms following the repeal of handgun rationing. From 2009 to 2015 the percentage of firearms recovered in New York and traced to Virginia hovered around 8-9 percent of the total. Further, the far and away most popular source for traced firearms recovered in New York has been and continues to be the Empire State itself. 

Such handgun rationing measures also appear to have little public safety benefit. A recent paper by scholar Clayton E. Cramer examined murder rates in relation to the enactment and repeal of gun rationing statutes. Cramer concludes, “The evidence that one gun a month laws are effective at reducing murder rates is less than overwhelming,” adding, “Virginia’s experience after passage suggests that such laws do not reduce murder rates.”

In the minds of progressives it’s not their fault. Nothing is ever their fault.

It’s not the fault of New York State’s anti-competitive business policies that the entire upstate New York economy was destroyed. No, no, it’s the fault of those stupid southerners who refused to follow suit by destroying their own business climate with progressivism. Those darn red states with their low taxes and free markets. The population of virtually all upstate New York cities plummeted, former residents fled to the south as economic refugees after the Cuomo crime family smashed the upstate economy with highest in the nation taxes, onerous regulations, and corrupt unions.  Brutal gun crime ravages the cities of Buffalo and Rochester with endless waves of violence, but the failure of progressive policies must never be at fault; some redneck in Virginia is surely to blame. Progressive policy always work, even when they don’t.

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Speaking at the NRA’s annual meeting on April 28th, Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to do so since Ronald Reagan. The NRA threw aside tradition and endorsed Donald Trump well before he even had the Republican nomination secured. Given that Trump has supported banning so-called assault weapons in the past, it was highly unusual for the NRA to endorse Trump so early.

The move paid off big time for the NRA. Getting the President of the United States to come to your annual meeting is a big deal, from fundraising to prestige it’s a huge win for the NRA. For Donald Trump it’s also a win-win. He can shore up some support with some of his disgruntled his conservative/libertarian base. Support he has been slowly losing by getting involved in Syria and failing to repeal Obamacare. Normally, the media would raise a huge stink about the president helping on the NRA like this, but the left-wing media has already maxed out the outrage factor. Trump is already being portrayed as a fascist dictator who spawned from Satan himself. Visiting the NRA at it’s annual meeting isn’t going to hurt Trump politically, it’s just another story that will be lost in the noise of the anti-Trump machine.

The NRA realized that Trump was going to win the nomination long before most pundits did and they also realized that Trump would be rewarding loyalty to him. While some angry Ted Cruz fans may have canceled their memberships for understandable anger, the NRA played the long game and won. Trump has put himself in a position where violating campaign promises on guns will be much more difficult than it will be with other issues. America is now discovering the difference between presidential candidate Trump and President Trump, to the relief of gun owners President Trump likes the Second Amendment just as much as candidate Trump did. Here’s the NRA announcement.

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It’s all over the news …

And I’ve heard the same thing over and over from people I know “inside the industry” …

Trump may be the WORST thing to happen to the gun industry in nearly a decade!

What’s going on?

 

Here’s the story …

Obama was BEST for gun industry, Trump looks the WORST so far!

If you’re reading this, then you probably voted for Trump.

Good for you!

You also might have thought that Trump would be GREAT for the gun industry.

But the fact is, so far, he has been really bad.

Here’s the surprising reason why …

Obama Was The World’s Greatest Gun Salesman EVER!

You might remember, shortly after the election, I wrote an article called “3 Reasons Why Obama Was The BEST President America EVER Had For Gun Owners!

I pointed out three facts:

#1: Obama’s Anti-Gun Policies Divided The Nation Into Vehemently Pro-Gun & Anti-Gun People

In short, he cured a lot of gun owners apathy.

He got a LOT of us to really care about gun ownership, protecting those rights, and buying more guns.

In fact, he led me to create this website you’re reading right now because I was so tired of him trying to ban guns!

#2: Obama Is 100% Certified The Greatest Gun Salesman In The History of The World!

More guns have been sold under Obama than any other president.

Period.

Practically every single month he was in office, record after record was broken in gun sales.

Of course this was mostly because so many people were worried he would ban guns — so we all stockpiled!

#3: Concealed Carry Has Grown More Under Obama Than Any Other President In History!

The bottom line is that — despite his best efforts to stop them — under Obama, right-to-carry laws have benefited to the point where there is NO state in the union that does not have some form of carry law because it was proven that it’s a constitutionally protected right.

Even Obama’s home town of Chicago, Illinois — one of the last hold outs — has a concealed carry law on the books now that happened during his presidency.

Why Pro-Gun Trump Has Been BAD For The Gun Industry … So Far

You might think, with full NRA endorsement, that President Trump would be great for the gun industry.

To quote the Donald …

“WRONG!”

1. Gun company stocks have dropped – and stayed down – since Trump was elected.

According to NPR, “… the day after the election shares of gun maker Sturm Ruger fell 14 percent. And the price of Smith & Wesson, which has since changed its name to the generic sounding American Outdoor Brands, fell 15 percent. Shares of both companies are still down”

2. Most companies in the gun industry are reporting lower sales (especially AR-15 companies!)

It’s estimated that AR-15 sales make up more than 70 percent of the long-rifle sales in the United States (after all, the AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America. Ever.)

But even AR-15 sales are down.

Boutique shop Primary Weapons Systems’ sales are down about 35 percent since Trump’s election last November.

Other gun companies are reporting the same. Sales are down all around!

3. The Gun Industry is laying off people left and right!

Trump promised to create jobs … but people are losing them in the gun industry!

According to IdahoStatesman.com,

“… Vista Outdoor, which operates Idaho’s largest ammunition-making plant in Lewiston, with 1,465 workers.

Vista reported a quarterly loss of $378 million in early March, compared with a profit of $43 million for the same period in 2016, the Lewiston Tribune reported. The company laid off 10 Lewiston workers in February and 15 in March, and it placed about 100 employees on furlough for a month.”

And they’re not the only ones …

A Minnesota ammo maker, Federal Premium Ammunition, laid off 110 of its 1,430 workers in March, according to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

Remington Outdoor Co. laid off 110 workers at its New York plant in March, according to The Wall Street Journal.”

4. Even Silencer Sales Are Suffering Under Trump!

This one might surprise you, given that there is a pro-silencer bill circulating right now largely due to Trump’s election.

But again, it has hurt sales!

In fact, Silencer sales have dropped off nearly completely, because two federal bills would make it easier, quicker and cheaper to buy sound suppressors, Martinez said. One of the bills is sponsored by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.

Many people in the industry thought one of the bills would pass in the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. That prompted would-be silencer buyers to wait for its passage before buying, Martinez said.

“However, Martinez said there are not enough votes in the Senate to pass either bill. If either survives, passage will take years, he said.”

So Is The Gun Industry Going To Fizzle Out Under Trump?

I hope not.

Another problem is that many people think Trump is somehow America’s savior and that they don’t need to be prepared, buy guns or ammo, or get training anymore.

He’s not.

In the long term …

If the silencer bill passes …

If some type of national reciprocity for concealed carry passes …

Then I think we will maybe see an uptick in the gun industry.

Will it rival the legendary growth under Obama?

I doubt it!

But maybe the shooting sports industry will grow. Maybe more youth will get involved. And maybe more and more people will start to conceal carry under Trump.

My only hope is that a — seemingly — pro-gun President Trump will help to reinvigorate the gun culture in America. In the long run. Because it’s not happening now!

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The results of Maryland’s high capacity magazine ban are in. The law totally and utterly failed to reduce the number of criminals carrying magazines with more than 10 rounds. In fact, the number of crooks doing so, has actually increased.

Don’t expect this complete and utter failure to deter progressives from continuing to push nonsensical gun control laws in the future. Maryland joined New York in the sham of “ballistic finger printing,” after both states wasted millions of dollars building a data base of shell casings, they both admitted that the databases had solved zero crimes. The progressive state leaders shrugged their shoulders and moved on to the next gun control scam.

The fine folks over at Bearing Arms Recap the miserable failure of the Maryland ban:

“Together, with a strong coalition of advocates, and the people of Maryland who overwhelmingly support policies to reduce gun violence, we’ve chosen to take action by advancing strategies that work to save lives,” O’Malley said at the time.

But in the four years since implementing the expanded gun laws, Baltimore police continue to see an uptick in criminals carrying the banned magazines.

“We’re dealing with absolute criminals who want as much weaponry as possible when they’re going after their targets,” T.J. Smith, a Baltimore police spokesperson told The Trace. “They’re not carrying .22s. They’re carrying the big guns that have these high capacities.”

Sadly, the media could care less that magazine bans have been proven to be totally ineffective. Nothing to see here, move along.

 

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