“Is the line ready? Ready on the right? Ready on the left? All ready on the firing line! Fire!”
I was the line boss of an Appleseed event two weeks ago, overseeing more than four dozen shooters at the Revolutionary War Veterans Association (RWVA) home range outside Ramsuer, NC. Thirty-eight shooters has signed up for the event prior to November 7.
After the election, the number swelled to 53.
The increased interest is part of a ripple effect being felt across the United States as a direct result of President Obama’s reelection, amid concerns that an unaccountable Obama will use his second term to push for the same sort of punitive gun control he sought while involved in local politics in Chicago. Black Friday gun sales were the largest ever recorded, so overwhelming that the FBI NICS background check crashed twice.
The issue was compounded immediately after the election, when the administration moved to join a renewed debate about making the United States a part of a United Nations Small Arms Treaty, which some shooting rights organizations view as a prelude to gun confiscation.
At roughly the same time, unconfirmed rumors began circulating that anti-gun California Senator Dianne Feinstein was looking to propose a comprehensive ban on semi-automatic firearms, including confiscation of some of the most common firearms in America.
Adding to the toxic mix is the simple truth that much of the American public already distrusts the administration for a number of deadly scandals.
There has been no resolution or rational explanation of the Fast and Furious gun-running plot to arm Mexican narco-terrorists. While the mainstream media continues to try to sweep the entire affair under the proverbial rug, Attorney General Eric Holder is still fighting contempt charges and refusing to provide tens of thousands of pages of documentation demanded by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The administration blamed a filmmaker for the terrorist attack on Benghazi for weeks, and Obama’s abandonment of more than two dozen Americans in Benghazi and allegations that Ambassador Chris Stevens was supplying weapons to Syrian Islamists loyal to al-Qaeda merely deepened suspicions of a president that tens of millions of Americans feel they have no reason to trust.
That distrust has led to a rush on firearms, ammunition, accessories, and training.
Kiran Frampton, owner of Sovereign Guns, maintains a 12,000 square-foot storefront and a significant online presence. He states that sales for Sovereign started escalating on Election Day itself, and quickly ran to “ten times” their normal sales volume in the following days. Even the following weekend — weekends tend to be the busiest times for most gun retailers — saw sales more than double.
Frampton confirms that tactical rifles such as AR and AK pattern rifles were among those purchasers were snapping up in person and via online sales across the nation (“online” gun sales are purchased over the internet, then shipped to local gun shops where purchasers still have to pass background checks before the gun is transferred to the purchaser). Regular capacity magazines for these and similar firearms — purposely mislabeled and attacked by gun prohibitionists as “high capacity” in previous ban attempts — have also been snatched up.