Infographic On The Greatest Gun Salesman In America: President Obama

Tyler Durden's picture

American firearm sales and concealed handgun permit applications are at all-time highs since the 2008 election of President Barack Obama. President Obama's perceived hostility towards gun owners has been one of the key factors behind the multi-year financial boom the firearms industry continues to enjoy. In fact, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is actively preparing to work to defeat President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, according to Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the NRA, who recently said the following at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.:

"Lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment during his second term. We see the president's strategy crystal clear: Get re-elected and, with no more elections to worry about, get busy dismantling and destroying our firearms' freedom, erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution...When the sun goes down on election day Barack Obama will have America’s gun owners to thank for his defeat.” -

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the NRA, February 10th, 2012

Ironically, the perceived hostility towards gun owners by President Obama has actually helped the firearms industry tremendously. Since the 2008 election, more Americans than ever before are purchasing firearms & ammunition. This has meant massive increases in sales by firearm & ammunition makers, billions more in federal and state tax collections related to guns & ammo, increased membership in the NRA, and hundreds of thousands of new Americans carrying concealed handguns.  Therefore, should the firearms industry support President Obama for a second term or not?

Courtesy of Ammo.net

The Greatest Gun Salesman In America: President Barack Obama [INFOGRAPHIC]
Via: Ammo.net

As for why this may be the case, perhaps it has something to do with the death of the legal system under the current president, very much like Greece, and Robogate killed contract law.

courtesy of Chris Martenson

Are ever more Americans simply preparing to take "the law" into their own hands?

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Cabreado's picture

After reading all the comments, so far, the thing that bothers me is the somewhat amped up... excitement.

HungrySeagull's picture

You need to experience 20+ armed and locked Handgunners intent on pushing through a crowd going the other way (Also armed) to get to the 5 gunmen at the end of the range.

I was first up at the head of the pack. My instructor and I looked at each other and made damn sure we both understood I am getting through and he will not get hurt.

Excitement. Hah. More like coiled energy ready to hammer the bad guy with both guns.

When you do settle a fire solution and open fire, it's all peaceful until it's over.

Phillycheesesteak's picture

And what life threatening situation were you and your "instructor" in, may I ask? 20 handgunners going against other handgunners? Where and why? That's obviously not combat.

 

HungrySeagull's picture

It was a Mall Gunman scenario. A group of people are fleeing as a unit as fast as they can trying to make as much chaos as possible.

Everyone of them and us has been carefully checked twice or three times to prove that all are on the same playbook.

The people who are going TO the terrorist or gunman know exactly what needs to be done on "The Line" on the range floor. Only 5 are allowed at a time on that line to take out the gunman.

Then everyone swaps roles.

Now transport yourself to a Walmart somewhere... say during rush hour on a first of month while everyone buys with SNAP Cards.

Several badguys hit the place from both doorways and a hundred or so people start to bleat, scatter and runabout. It has happened before.

If you have not been provided even a small taste in strictly controlled training you will not be able to understand how difficult it can be to take a bad guy down without taking out granny who ran between you two.

There are hundreds of handgun, shotgun, carbine, rifle and other weapons including martial arts and so forth all around the Nation.

I believe it is far good for the Gun Owner to avail themselves of training, even if it is a local PD allowing you to be a guest at their range for example.

The more I learn, the better I understand my weaknesses and strengths. And I hope the fellow Gunowners are the same. At least the ones I have met and enjoyed training with and shooting.

Between that, doctoring and using some older skills that are applicable in post collapse living to assist self, family and others where possible... we can carry on.

But right now, the Government has a very big job. Keeping the masses happy long enough to fix all the issues.

Some of the masses are tired of waiting and are going out to do it themselves to make a better future.

Edelweiss's picture

  Good observation, it's palpable. 

Phillycheesesteak's picture

As if some people actually want armageddon? Will they be excited if that happens and they are living off their cans of beans? I am prepared, don't get me wrong, but I don't want to see it happen. I think for some of these posters it is a novelty for them and some kind of adrenaline rush, but I see very little of real world experience in that. I have been in combat, and I have met very few people who enjoyed that sick shit. Some of these people think if society collapses then they are sitting pretty with their spam and beans. BS. Let them see an abscessed tooth for one of their children. Or a heart condition. I read this blog to get the truth, not to hear from more sociopaths.

HungrySeagull's picture

I agree with what you say.

It is not pleasant being without the stuff you are used to having.

Even running a Generator is a stressful time until normal power is back up.

Imagine having to use Austrian Woodgas to feed the gennie 24/7?

Katrina was our wake up. Never again. Not ever.

therearetoomanyidiots's picture

This was my point with OWS.  The right model the wrong message.  These idiots are clamoring for what?   Anarchy, no ruples, or a tyrannical government that will give you what you want.   To get this 'revolution' millions must die, just ask Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler, how many dead in the name of tyranny and government control, facism and communism.   The United States is, or was, the purveyor of individual liberty.  That is being taken away from us.   I want a revolution but it has to be a revolution of thoughts, of the mind.   Killing half the country so the other half can have what they want, that i snot what we need.   Liberty IS better than socialism, communism or any other model.    But we have to return to that fundamental belief in this country.   We have a president and media that DESPISE liberty because it takes power away from them.   Cheap gas equals freedom.  Hence, they're making gas more expensive.   Gun ownership equals freedom of self preservation - not dependence on a super cop that is going to swoop in at the last moment to prevent my robbery, mugging or murder.   But for all of these people hoping for and demanding 'revolution' whether it's gold bugs or OWS clowns - their solution is nothing but misery and death.   And enslavement after.   And I agree with you - you must be prepared.  

 

To all americans on this blog, talk with those who aren't with you.  Explain that we must change the dialogue, explain that we must demand NDAA revocation, demand that Obama and his 'czars' be removed.   Demand that Ginsberg be removed from the bench for stating the south african or canadian constitutions are better than ours.   Spread the word, don't be afraid, people are waking up everywhere.  And they are open to the idea we need to eliminate the police state and corrupt politics of washington that we have devolved into.  

DosZap's picture

therearetoomany...

But for all of these people hoping for and demanding 'revolution' whether it's gold bugs or OWS clowns - their solution is nothing but misery and death.   And enslavement after.

NAME one group that has advocated starting a shooting war to foment change or a Revolution , you cannot.

That is dead nuts LAST thing any of us want.

therearetoomanyidiots's picture

 

DosZap

I saw more than enough signs at OWS that called for Anarchy and Revolution.   Most have been scrubbed from the net but the fact of the matter, especially having been in and around quite a few of the gatherings of OWS is that the signs for revolution and anarchy were prevalent and there.   

You may argue that those calling for such things were 'not' OWS - but the fact is I saw it.   Furthermore and even more troubling is OWS is supporting Obama when he is in fact the biggest violator of crony capitalism - as detailed right here on ZH.   To not acknowledge this guy as 'the problem' is either extreme ignorance or a sign that OWS is bought and paid for by Oblamer and his supporters - and this is known fact - SEIU, Soros, etc all are supporting and hiring in support of OWS AND the president.    They will be back in big numbers and much more violence.   It's coming - and I hope you've moved to a state or county where guns are legal...cuz you'll need em.   All due respect to all on Zerohedge who have opened my eyes to what is going on - our number one priority is to turn this guy out of office whether it be Romney Santorum or someone else.   Then we can worry about getting the country back.    But we have to lead and politicians will follow.    This guy we have does not want anything but the destruction of the US as we know it he supports Soro's open society - he BELIEVES in this, he believes in black liberation theology and social justice....and in Obama's very own words he's going to act on his own despite congress and that the constitution is a charter of 'negative liberties' on the government.  He's already done this with ACTA, the UN treaty to replace the need for SOPA and PIPA.    This is tyranny.   And yes, republicans are in bed with the banks, too but at least we can elect someone who pays lip service to American Exceptionalism.   If this man is re-elected we are through and it won't  be easy.  It is going to be miserable.   And alot of people will die.   And OWS supports this president.   OWS wants this...thus  OWS wants death.  

Phillycheesesteak's picture

As if some people actually want armageddon? Will they be excited if that happens and they are living off their cans of beans? I am prepared, don't get me wrong, but I don't want to see it happen. I think for some of these posters it is a novelty for them and some kind of adrenaline rush, but I see very little of real world experience in that. I have been in combat, and I have met very few people who enjoyed that sick shit. Some of these people think if society collapses then they are sitting pretty with their spam and beans. BS. Let them see an abscessed tooth for one of their children. Or a heart condition. I read this blog to get the truth, not to hear from more sociopaths.

Silver Dreamer's picture

I'm seeing many associates and friends buy guns for the first time in their lives, and their motivation is almost always an economic collapse.  Unless you're a complete idiot, you see what's coming to America soon.  Fortune favors the prepared!

geekgrrl's picture

Based on the last chart, a back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that prosecutions decreased around 45% under GW Bush, and 13% under Obama. So I disagree with Tyler that a lack of prosecutions under Obama is driving this dramatic increase in small arms sales.

Really, the numbers are so large that these figures can only be explained by mass psychology, and there are probably a variety of factors at play:

1) Racism, pure and simple. It is plainly part and parcel of US culture, although I'm sure I'll get some junks for even suggesting the idea that there are actually rascist folks in this country (white, black, yellow, red, et. al.) It's not really even racism per se, it's more xenophobia, or fear of what we don't know and are not familiar with. Xenophobia is really bad in this country, and these gun sales are a very clear signal of fear among the general public. We can debate about what they're afraid of, but I think we can rule out a massive upswing in interest in target practice and sharpshooting.

2) Concerns about a breakdown in social order (a legitimate reason, IMHO)

3) Concerns about personal security (related to #2)

4) Relentless and unending violence in television, movies, and videogames, where the prevailing paradigm is: "got a problem?, go kill someone."

5) Increased hunting (this is probably a good thing to the extent that folks can become more self-reliant)

On the other hand, sites like ZH are exposing the flawed ideas of the money masters and controllers and winning the battle of ideas. I like to think (although I might be having some wishful thinking here) that correct ideas trump superior arms.

Edelweiss's picture

  It is a variety of factors for most of us.  In myself, and the people I know, race is not the issue.  Many of us remember the Clinton administration's demonization of gun owners, and the legislation that followed.  Seeing another Democrat president come into office certainly brought back those memories for me.  The financial crisis has no doubt also influenced the decision for some to buy guns. 

geekgrrl's picture

OK. That makes some sense to me. I'd be happy to add that to my list. But do you think that explains very much of this increase?

geekgrrl's picture

OK. That makes some sense to me. I'd be happy to add that to my list. But do you think that explains very much of this increase?

Edelweiss's picture

  I think it's a tough thing to quantify.  A poll?  I'm not aware of any on this one.  For people in my age range (I'm 40) it's relevent. 

geekgrrl's picture

It still doesn't justify Tyler's assertion that the the increase in gun sales is due to Obama.

Edelweiss's picture

  I remember reading articles prior to, and after O's election documenting an increase in requests for FBI background checks for firearm purchases.  I've owned guns all of my adult life, and have known many others in that category.  It was impossible to not notice people around me who were concerned that more restrictive laws may be around the corner after his election.  Some of them bought guns they would not have gotten otherwise.  How do I know this?  Because they said it explicitly.  Those purchases were mostly AR15's, high capacity semi-autos and the like.  The kinds of guns that would likely be singled out in new legislation.  I realize this is anecdotal evidence, but I doubt that only people in my area had those thoughts, and decided to act on them.  If you're looking for proof of iron clad causation, it's not there. 

geekgrrl's picture

I phrased my posts badly. What I meant to say was that the data on prosecutions that Tyler posted didn't support a relationship between a particular president and gun sales. I know you're right about people going out and buying guns. Lots of people I know, including myself bought one. Different people have different views on guns; for me they are only useful as self-defense, other people have other interests, and that's fine.

I usually avoid gun threads because I know I have an unpopular view, but I believe ideas trump guns when it comes to big ideas. It's not an accident that the sword has been associated with the word, and ZH epitomizes that idea. TD is going right after "the man" and to me, nothing is more powerful than speaking truth to power, as if to say: respond to this!

Then again, maybe this is all wishful thinking that things don't break down into a shooting war, because that's not exactly my forte.

roadhazard's picture

When Obama came into office the shit was already hitting the fan big time. There are some of us that believe that neither Party is going to save us and those people buy gunz&ammo.

Outlaw Of The Wasteland's picture

Race is definitely an issue for me. 

I know what the jews did in south afreeka and what they have been agitating for in America for over 100 years.

joe slovo= saul alinsky

same group of fucking counterfeiting communist jew bums and their footsoldier negroes.

If anyone can seriously believe that quality of life is not perfectly inversely correlated to the % of blacks in any given area and that "jews" aren't insiduous nation wreckers, feel free to expose yourself as a hideous asshole.

laosuwan's picture

you must be fun at parties

 

may your car run out of gas at night in new orleans

Outlaw Of The Wasteland's picture

Not happening.  

And you and I travel in different circles, thank God.

Blue Horshoe Loves Annacott Steel's picture

U sound like 1 fun-loving cracker honky redneck! F*ck U douchebag.

HungrySeagull's picture

Or ask for Directions in Jersey City.

God help you if you slip up.

Outlaw Of The Wasteland's picture

I know where niggers are and heed God's warning label.

Blue Horshoe Loves Annacott Steel's picture

African-Americans don't control the money system nor do they advocate killing others as much as the Jews.  African-Americans tend to make a lot less money, work shittier jobs, & are lower on the socio-economic totem pole, so what's the Jew's excuse for being such troublemakers?

Oh, I forgot.  They're the "chosen" people & we're goyim.  I'd rather live with the African-Americans!

therearetoomanyidiots's picture

all due respect geek, your points are nothing but hollywood psychobabble.    Racism exists everywhere.   It's not something peculiar to the US and frankly, based on immigration rates in this country from EVERYWHERE in the world, including places like Iran Iraq North Africa etc...your accusation is ridiculous.   In fact, the US is so accepting of incoming people that we allow Muslims to freely set up shop in this country, precisely the people we are 'at war' with.   Meaning, we aren't at war with them if you don't follow.  Yes, muslims are meeting resistance in the US because, I believe, of their inability or unwillingness to stand up and denounce what people are doing in the name of their religion.   It's quite a natural response for americans to be leary of people who's most vocal advocates are preaching the destruction of the United States.  Yet, despite this wariness muslims are strong in the US and we have muslims in congress.  CAIR and the Obama admin's pooh-poohing of Nadal Hassan, releasing gitmo detainees only to have them go back to the fight and of course the all out assault on people of faiths other than islam....doesn't help.

Television and movie violence does NOTHING to increase violence anywhere.   The only thing that increases violence is the acceptance of violence, making excuses for why that violence exists and and not punishing those that commit violence.   Violence is a tool of the hopeless.  And, the entire world right now is pretty hopeless.  

Item 4 is sheer lunacy.  Show me where in this country  the prvailing paradigmn is "got a problem, kill someone".    The only place that exists is in gang infested areas, places created by the very acceptance of violence, acceptance of excuses for such violence and mostly, places created by the idea that government must provide a 'safety net'.  It's more like a trawling net to capture as many dependent votes for politicians giving away people's basic needs.    . 

The only thing driving the explosion of gun sales is a government that is hostile to American exceptionalism.   A government that is aggressively dissolving the rights provided for in the constitution.  And, the gross injustices being laid upon our heads by what in effect is a facist state RIGHT HERE in America.   Our current admin (not saying Bush was anything different) is hostile to the constution, the media who is supposed to be our tribune, to prevent the abuses of the government are marching lockstep with the wholesale purchase of favors for the elite that are corporate owners and government officials.   The fed is siphoning value out of our economy on what apparently is a daily basis.   Thanks much for the University of Connecticut psychology BA assessment of the motivations of the normal, day to day american.  

No insult intended.

 

xcehn's picture

Demand for guns would overwhelm supply were most Americans aware.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6SmRz3y4ps&feature=player_detailpage

billsykes's picture

a sociopath cannot feel emotion- but I could understand some peoples wish for things to push over. Its a definitive, people like definite things even if they are bad. 

For me I feel like this is kind of a twilight zone since 2005- everything is just so weird and unprecedented, in our lifetime anyway.

Problem Is's picture

Amerika: Love it or leave it...

Bumper sticker available at your local gun dealer:

Keep Honking. I'm still reloading.

EBR MOD 0's picture

BE PREPARED, nuff said.

tim73's picture

The difference between USA and western Europe plus Canada is the attitude towards police officers. In the US an officer is feared, not respected while in western Europe/Canada he/she is respected, not feared. Europeans generally trust the police to do their job properly. That attitude difference is probably why so many Americans feel the need to own a gun for personal safety.

In most cases that respect is also earned by the officers in Europe. They are better trained (2-3 years of schooling initially) and the sorting process is quite strict. They also rarely have their guns drawn in any situations. You do not need a gun because the police is there to really help.  

Calmyourself's picture

Euro officers are respected , mmm..  I guess most Euros respect them just enough not to thicken up the gas in those molotovs too much, looks like a pretty watery concoction to me..

Central Bankster's picture

Hes just trolling.  Read all his comments.  No one is this stupid.

tim73's picture

Berlin has pretty much every May the scheduled dust-up between Neo-nazis/Anarchists and the Polizei but even those rarely turn up deadly because both sides know the rules and limits. When Americans riot there are bodies everywhere and anything goes, including shooting down innocent bystanders.

therearetoomanyidiots's picture

exceptin', of course, the guys standing around with automatic weapons with german shepards the size of small cars.  

UGrev's picture

Let me know when I can walk into a gun store and buy any small arm weapon I want without having to register or tell the gov't anything, or pay for a permit (pay for your right). 

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement work SHOULD be the most difficult job there is becuase if it's easy, then that just means your rights have been suspended so that information can be gathered. 

FUUUUUUUUUUCKKK THAAAAAAAAAAAT.. 

therearetoomanyidiots's picture

Move to vermont....you just need your drivers license to buy a gun in any appropriately equipped general store and to conceal carry.

DosZap's picture

therearetoomany...

Move to vermont....you just need your drivers license to buy a gun in any appropriately equipped general store and to conceal carry.

Exception to all other states.

FAIL

DosZap's picture

UGrev,

Let me know when I can walk into a gun store and buy any small arm weapon I want without having to register or tell the gov't anything, or pay for a permit (pay for your right).

 ( what you have described is a European issue).

Here we pay no permit fees, and our purchases are not Registered,if you have a CCP you can buy whatever you want off the shelves and walk out the door after filling out an ownership 4473 Form, that does NOT go to the government.

Strongbad's picture

Don't waste your money on a big gun collection unless you first have spare parts, extra cleaning kits, and lots of ammunition for the ones you already have.  Any smart politician will come after the ammo before the guns.

masterinchancery's picture

So in other words, the country became a lot safer because obama is an anti-gun whacko?  Talk about irony.

SAT 800's picture

The rule of Unintended consequence; it's quite common, really. I sure don't see many NRA folk voting for him, tho.

connda's picture

I'm sure the next president, regardless of party or spin, will scare the Bejesus out of the proletariat enough to keep firearm and ammo sales brisk in the next 4 year election cycle.

 

Long:  Glock / Alliant Powder

HungrySeagull's picture

No, this year's people who decide to become gun owners will experience these in stages.

Gun buying, Gun shooting at range.

Then learn about ammo.

Then gun gets dirty, they want to clean it.

Then they can learn to buy the right belt, shirt, holsters etc etc etc etc.

Then they want more ammo.

Then they learn better where they are about things like eye dominance, sight issues, maintenance particulars and so on.

As friends and family are somewhat divided and some more become encourage to join in the freedom.

This Nation has been through cycles of shortage in everything gun in the last few years on the Civilian side. If I am not mistaken there is a new factory on the east coast making guns at 100 per week feeding a back order that is three years old and stands at 90,000 guns.

Finally but not least...

those old flea markets and antiques? You will learn how to reuse those old things to make a good living without today's crap.

It is not a pleasant living but you will get by just as your great great grandparents have done.

SAT 800's picture

++for the Alliant Powder. makers of bullseye for pistols and the big grains for the M1 Abrams main; they know their powder alright.