The spikes in gun sales over the past few years can be attributed to various factors, but one of the main drivers has been seen to be fear generated by President Barack Obama’s various pushes for tighter gun control. With the 2016 presidential election less than six months away, some are asking what the gun market will look like if Democrat Hillary Clinton ultimately ends up in the Oval Office.
This story from wtkr.com posits that a Hillary presidency could be “the best thing that’s happened to the gun industry since President Obama, who has a reputation as the best gun salesman in America.”
It’s well known that Clinton has an aggressive gun control agenda, saying in 2015 that she admires Australia’s extremely strict gun bans, the story says
“Unlike (Donald) Trump, I will not pander to the gun lobby, and will not be silenced and we will not be intimidated,” Clinton said on May 21.
She has also stated that she wants to reinstate the assault weapons ban, which was previously signed by her husband when he was president. The ban expired in 2004 under President George W. Bush. She has also said she wants to expand background checks and hold gun manufacturers and dealers legally accountable for gun violence.
“They’re going to go after anything they deem to be evil,” said Mike O’Dell, a spokesperson for CMMG at the annual NRA meeting in Louisville, Kentucky last week. He admitted that there are advantages to selling guns in a “gun-control atmosphere.”
“Our sales are definitely going to skyrocket (if Clinton is elected) along with any AR-15,” he said. “That’s the kind of mentality in America: ‘You’re telling me I can’t have that? Well, I want one more, now.'”
Going by federal background check numbers, guns sales hit an all-time record in 2015 and have made double-digit gains this year, setting 2016 up to be another record year, the story says.
O’Dell said in the story that Clinton would be “good for the industry short term.” But that’s nothing to celebrate, he said, “because if she actually gets her way, the gun industry might not exist later.”
“She wants to take your guns away,” said Marty Daniel, owner and founder of Daniel Defense. “If Hillary’s elected, we’ll have the best four years (of sales) that we could ever have. But I would not trade that for what’s best for our country, because it would be terrible for our country.”
O’Dell and Daniel both agreed that their biggest concern would be that Clinton could appoint Supreme Court justices who adhere to her gun control philosophy and could dictate U.S. gun policy for decades. This is assuming, of course, that any existing justices would die or retire during her potential term, the story says.
“The destruction of the Second Amendment-protected rights of all Americans has emerged as the centerpiece of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign,” wrote Wayne LaPierre, president of the National Rifle Association, in a recent column.