Gun Control: Critical Failure.

Whenever a mass shooting occurs, there are two main public reactions that emerge.

One is verbal. This comes from the pro-gun control camp. “Isn’t it time? Stop the madness! We need common sense gun control!”

The other reaction is nonverbal. This is the pro-gun ownership camp. After a mass shooting, they go out by the thousands and buy guns.

President Obama falls into the first camp. Whenever a shooting occurs, he delivers dramatic appeals to slowing gun ownership and getting weapons off of the streets. But it accomplishes nothing. Obama has never been able to pass any substantial gun control legislation. And in fact, the opposite occurs.

What do I mean? Let’s look at an example. On June 12th, the day after the Orlando terror attack, Obama said this:

Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history. The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.

How dramatic. How introspective! What a philosopher.

He might think he delivered a killing blow to gun ownership (rhetorically speaking, of course), but here’s what he actually achieved:

Traders rushed to buy into gun makers Monday, as lawmakers reignited calls for new gun-control regulations in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Orlando.

Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger & Co. (RGR), two of the largest gun manufacturers in America, both rallied to kick off a new week of trading. Smith & Wesson rallied 6.9% to $22.88, and Ruger jumped 7.9% to $61.93. Vista Outdoor (VSTO), which owns Savage Arms and Federal Premium ammunition, rose 2.3% to $48.11.

This has become a trend over the past 8 years; when a shooting occurs, gun stocks surge. But why? Because of an even more important trend:

Gun sales are surging in the wake of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in Orlando… Gun shops typically see a spike in customers after mass shootings. However, this time many are seeing shoppers they’ve never really seen before: More gays and lesbians.

George Horne is the owner of “The Gun Room,” Denver’s oldest firearms dealer. He said Tuesday business is booming at his store. “For this time of year I’d say its 3 to 4 times what we normally have.”

Obama might not be a great president, but he’s a hell of a gun salesman. Gun store owners are some of the few people who can say “Thanks, Obama!” and mean it.

Gun Control is all bark and zero bite. Whenever a mass shooting occurs, Gun Controllers feel compelled to make statements about getting rid of guns. But it’s mere rhetoric. It evaporates seconds after they say it.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people head out to buy guns, many of them first-time gun owners. They’re getting the message: “I need to defend myself.”

This is action that counts. The US government will never be able to reverse their decision. So the gun control people are madly firing rhetorical blanks; loud, but of no consequence.

Meanwhile, gun owners are quiet. They’re not firing much, but they are loading their guns with real bullets and not blanks. When the need to defend oneself from a suicidal radical arises, the gun owners will fire back with real bullets while the gun control people huddle fearfully behind the “Gun-Free Zone” sign.

Omar Mateen wasn’t supposed to have a gun in the bar. Liberal gun laws in Florida make it illegal to carry a weapon anywhere that serves alcohol. Did Omar Mateen care? “Gun-free zone? Nonsense. I have a gun right here. Praise Allah.” *BLAM*

49 unarmed people died in a gun-free zone by the one man who had a gun. The gun control people can be proud: 1 failure out of 50 ain’t bad. That’s a 98% success rate for gun control.

But that leftover 2% was all it took. The 98% were utterly helpless.

The 2% will always be there. Even in France, one of the most heavily gun-restrictive nations in the Western world, it is not difficult to get an illegal firearm. All it takes is one person willing to die for the cause to be able to wreak utter havoc.

That’s why it’s irritating to hear Gun Control people say things like “You don’t need a gun in America” with an obligatory eye-roll. But that’s the thing: at the risk of sounding unclear, you don’t need a gun until you need it. And when you need it, you need it right now. All it takes is to find yourself in that one-in-a-million instance where you need a gun to make you regret not having one.

And as I’ve pointed out many times, what happens when 3D printers are commonplace? What happens when one Muslim radical with a 3D printer makes his own guns and bullets in the basement of his home in a gun-free neighborhood? I’m beginning to think that government bureaucrats have nightmares about 3D printers at night, because their widespread introduction into households is going to be an enforcement nightmare in terms of regulation.

The solution is clear: people should carry guns.

Gun buyers get it. Most voters get it. They speak with their wallets and at the ballot box.

If Obama couldn’t get gun laws passed after Sandy Hook, he won’t be able to do it all. Do yourself a favor and go buy a gun.

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