Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Misleading, Oppressive Snark

Why the gun industry secretly loves Obama

"Rick Perry’s emergence as the front runner for the Republican Presidential nomination would seem like a coup for the gun industry. The Texas governor’s enthusiasm for firearms rivals Yosemite Sam’s. He has an A+ rating from the Texas State Rifle Association and packs a laser-sighted Ruger pistol when he jogs. Last year, he famously shot a coyote that threatened his dog during a run. To commemorate his act of valor, the manufacturer, Sturm, Ruger & Co., produced a lightweight, limited-edition “Coyote Special” with the words “A True Texan” emblazoned on the barrel. Collectors snapped them up. Perry would be as ardent a champion of gun rights as has ever occupied the White House.

And yet he still may not do as much for the industry as Barack Obama already has. In the time since he took office, gun sales have soared. The government doesn’t track individual sales. But the FBI criminal background check required to purchase a gun is considered a reasonable proxy, and these have hit record numbers each year Obama has been in office. This year, they’re on track to surpass 15 million for the first time.

Ruger has done especially well. Since Obama’s inauguration the company’s stock price has risen more than 400 percent, making it a better investment than gold, which is up 113 percent. “They’ve been outstanding in offering new products, especially in the concealable handgun segment,” says Jim Barrett, an analyst at CL King who tracks the gun industry and rates the company a “strong buy.”

Analysts anticipated a brief jump in firearm sales after the election as many gun owners, fearful that a new Democratic President would move to ban assault weapons, fortified their home arsenals. “Initially, what spiked were the tactical rifles, the stuff Rambo might use,” says Barrett. As a result, 2009 was “a blockbuster year.”

So was 2010. And so is 2011. The strong numbers go beyond Rambo-type firepower to include the compact pistols that Perry prefers, although joggers and fans of the governor won’t have an easy time finding his signature model. “We were almost sold out before the press ever caught wind of it, and now that he’s running for President the calls have intensified,” says Brent Samperi, sales manager at Hill Country Wholesale, a distributor in Pflugerville, Texas. No one is entirely certain why sales are still surging. “Gun owners don’t like to be surveyed,” Barrett notes."

This is such idiotic typical tripe from idiotic MSM that one is hard pressed to know where to begin.
For one thing the clownish Rick Perry isn't the "GOP frontrunner", that would be Ron Paul. For another thing some antic he supposedly did while jogging wouldn't have any kind of major effect on gun sales as this execrable essay purports, because gun and ammunition sales depend on a far bigger array of real, more tangible topics than cult of personality. Marrying a shitbag like Perry to firearm ownership is just example of the sly contrivances MSM uses to discredit whatever the fascist agenda needs to demonize, in this case, the inalienable right to personal self defense.
Fucking "Rambo-type firepower" indeed.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

" - the clownish Rick Perry isn't the "GOP frontrunner", that would be Ron Paul..."

I don't think so. Ron Paul is playing the part of Ross Perot. Look for him to become a Third Party candidate. Whether the former Texas Agy cheerleader now known Governer Haircut is the Repub candidate, or the egregious Misses Bachmann or Palin fill that role, the fix is in: Obama will prevail.

7/9/11 5:17 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

You're probably right anon. The fix truly is in and our votes don't mean squat anyway - whoever furthers the fascist agenda the best will be installed and Obama has been a very willing toady. My Ron Paul comment merely means he has vastly larger support than any of the other posers, not that it matters in the long run. Elections are a sick joke.

7/9/11 10:30 PM  

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