Reuters stated that both Obama and Vice-President Elect Joe Biden are pro gun control, so it seems that Americans are afraid that the gun control rules will tighten up once they are inaugurated.
David Greenberg, who is the owner of the Second Amendment Family Gun Shop, in Bisbee, Arizona, was quoted by Reuters as saying, “the day after the election, I had many more calls than usual from people looking for semi-automatic rifles.” In fact, Greenberg said he sold out of AR-15 rifles just recently.
“There seems to be a fear they will be banned, and it’s fairly likely,” Greenberg added. “Obama and Biden are driven to eliminate firearms from the face of the country.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is a gun trade association that favors the shooting, hunting and firearms industries, has reported that gun sales this year have risen 10 percent.
Spokesman Tony Aeschliman said that the increase had risen most dramatically prior to the election. “Gun owners are afraid of what Obama is going to do as far as guns,” said Aeschliman. “He has a clear record of being against us.”
Reuters said that Jim Pruett, who owns a gun store in Houston, reported his sales more than tripled to $35,000 on the Saturday prior to the election.
“It’s always been the liberal or Democratic agenda to restrict gun ownership,” said Pruett.
Gun dealer Steve Sechler from McPherson, Kansas, reported that demand at a recent gun show increased by over 50 percent with buyers stocking up on guns including the Kalashnikov and AR-15 rifles.
“Most of the people there were cussing Obama and saying we need home defense,” said Sechler.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), which is the most powerful gun group in the nation, called Obama a “serious threat to Second Amendment liberties” during the election campaign.
The NRA reported Obama endorsed a 500-percent increase in the federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition. However, a check of his record shows that Obama made that comment while he was an Illinois state Senator back in 1999 not during the presidential campaign. Plus Obama has not repeated that endorsement since then.
However, Obama supporters claim that gun owners should not fear gun curbs when Obama takes over on January 20th. Ted Strickland, the Democratic governor of Ohio, spoke at a rally last month claiming he had spoken directly to Obama about citizens’ right to bear arms.
“If you are a sportsman, if you are a gun owner, if you are someone that honors and respects the Second Amendment, you have nothing to fear from Barack Obama,” Strickland is quoted as saying.
It seems we will have to wait until 2009 to see who is right.