As you probably know, firearms sales in the U.S. have surged in the past few years to record heights, which, of course, freaks out anti-2A people to no end (I think of that as a bonus benefit when I buy a gun.).
What’s interesting, though, is that anti-2A people think that legal gun owners and gun manufacturers are to blame for these surging firearms sales numbers. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth.
No, anti-2A folks would be absolutely appalled if they realized who is driving the surge in gun sales in the U.S. because the answer is: Joe Biden. Matthew Impelli writes,
The number of gun sales and background checks completed in President Joe Biden’s first year in office is nearing the combined numbers done during the first years for former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama.
According to data from the FBI‘s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), there have been 35,778,134 gun background checks in 2021. The data for Biden’s first year does not include December and instead is the total number of gun background checks from January to November 2021.
Comparatively, during Trump’s first year in office in 2017, the NICS database shows that there were 25,235,215 gun background checks. In 2009, Obama’s first year in office, the NICS database shows 14,033,824 total gun background checks. The data for both Trump and Obama includes gun background checks from January to December in each of the two respective years.
You read that right. The first year of Biden’s Presidency has driven firearms sales numbers that are almost the combined sales numbers in Trump’s and Obama’s first years as President.
Biden always struck me as fitting the negative used car salesman stereotype, but this takes the cake for sales ability.
Still, even with these sales numbers as they are, it seems pretty unlikely that anti-2A politicians and media talking heads are going to take responsibility for causing the exact opposite outcome that they say that they want.
So, we’ll just have to console ourselves with knowing that we’re winning the 2A “war” in the real world with more and more new gun owners every year.