Obama Win Triggers Rise in Gun Sales

Chance: Obama win triggers Rise in Gun Sales When Obama was elected president there was an increase in gun sales in various states throughout America. Some people say it is because citizens have been informed that Barack Obama is anti guns and will use his power as president to make sure that guns laws become tougher by banning many types of guns.

The guns that are allowed people feel he will make it harder to purchase them due to strict requirements. Then some Americans feel that other people went and bout guns because they fear a race riot. With Obama being biracial and mixed with black ancestry certain whites feel blacks will become more bold and dangerous towards whites. I feel that many people bought guns for many reasons.

One of those reasons is some people fear a race war more than fear that Obama would create tougher gun laws. Gun stores throughout America have been interviewed by various news media agencies and reported that they have seen an incredible increase in gun sales.

Obama has said he will not take people’s shotguns away but at the sametime he said he favors common sense gun laws. African Americans and other ethnic groups might also go by more guns just in case then. I feel also that some of the white people, who went and bought guns in case of a race war, also voted for Obama themselves. Time will reveal.

 

Obama win triggers run on guns

By Howard Witt |  Tribune correspondent November 12, 2008 chicagotribune.com

 

HOUSTON — A week after the election of Barack Obama, gun buyers across the country are voting with their feet, flocking to gun stores to stock up on assault rifles, handguns and ammunition. Some say they are worried that the incoming Obama administration will attempt to reimpose the ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004. Others fear the loss of their right to own handguns.

A few say they are preparing to protect themselves in the event of a race war. But whatever the reason, gun dealers in red and blue states alike say they’ve never seen anything like the run on weaponry they’ve been experiencing since Election Day— surpassing even the panic buying in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "People are terrified of losing their right to protect themselves," said DeWayne Irwin, owner of Cheaper Than Dirt, a large gun store in Ft. Worth. 

"The volume is 10 times what we ever expected. It started with assault rifles, but at this point people are buying ammunition, high-capacity magazines, Glocks—it’s all flying off the shelf. With the economy the way it is, people are worried about instability. They are scared of civil unrest." There are no nationwide figures on gun sales available yet to document a post-election trend, and the number of pre-purchase background checks conducted by the FBI—a major barometer of national gun sales—actually rose more slowly through Oct. 31 of this year than during comparable periods in 2007 and 2006. 

But anecdotal reports from around the nation suggest the sudden surge of November gun-buying is far surpassing the normal hunting-season spike that often occurs this time of year. At the Memorial Shooting Center in Houston, which shares a building with a church, managers said they sold out of assault weapons a day after the election and are now adding new orders, at more than $1,000 each, to a monthlong waiting list. In Colorado, state authorities said they set a record for background checks on gun purchasers on the Saturday before the election—and the requests have been growing ever since.

 And in Obama’s home state of Illinois, business at gun stores is brisk. "We’ve had a lot of people concerned because our president-elect is extremely anti-gun and so is his running mate," said Jerry Bricco, owner of 1st Class Firearms in north suburban Zion. "They’re afraid of future gun bans and what you will be allowed to get." Not every gun enthusiast is so worried. Mark Greene, a hunter and member of Gun Owners for Obama who led a grass-roots campaign for the Democrat in Tarrant County, Texas, said he regarded fears of a looming ban on assault weapons as unfounded.

 "People are being pretty reactionary," Greene said. "There’s a small contingent of folks in and out of the gun-owning community concerned that Obama’s election is such a revolutionary change that it could portend mayhem. I think it’s hysteria." Obama’s record on gun rights is conflicting enough to give ammunition to either side.

 His campaign Web site said he "respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms" and promised that he would "protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns." Seeking to reassure gun owners, Obama told a campaign audience in Ohio in October: "I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. 

I won’t take your handgun away." But Obama also has said he favors "common sense" gun laws, and as an Illinois state legislator he voted to support a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons and tighter restrictions on all firearms. He has said in the past that he opposes allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons. And Obama’s controversial comment last April that some rural Americans "cling to guns or religion" in difficult times suggested to many gun owners that he was fundamentally hostile toward them. 

The sum of those positions prompted the National Rifle Association to warn its members during the campaign that Obama "would be the most anti-gun president in American history." Obama "says he’s in favor of common-sense gun laws," Irwin said. "Well, what people up north think is common sense is something different from us down here in Texas.

 The criminals have all this illegal stuff. I don’t want to fight them with a handgun if I can get an AK. I’m entitled to that. I should be able to defend my home." One expert sees a darker motive driving some post-election gun purchasers. "Why are white people buying assault weapons?" said Ben Agger, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Arlington who wrote a book about the Virginia Tech slayings. 

"I almost hate to say it, but there is a deep-seated fear of the armed black man, because Obama now commands the military and other instruments of the justice system. They are afraid Obama will exact retribution for the very deep-seated legacy of slavery." Tribune reporter James Kimberly contributed to this report from Chicago. end




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