In early 2016, President Obama proposed certain minimal gun regulations aimed at reducing gun violence. It was mainly aimed at making sure gun sales via the internet and gun shows followed the same regulations for background checks, etc., as those who had a physical nexus. But, of course, the nation went ballistic, claiming that Obama was trying to ‘take their guns away’. And what do you think happened? Gun sales, which had been on the rise for the past decade, soared, of course.
Jeb Bush said Obama’s plan would take away the rights of someone “selling a gun out of their collection, a one-off gun”. Marco Rubio says Obama’s plan is to “take away our guns.” And in the light of all this mis-understood rhetoric, gun sales soared.
And then came Donald Trump. As I wrote in a July column under Trump, gun sales declined by 17% during Trump’s first…
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