Stage 1: Denial.
The Brady Campaign and VPC keep creating excuses saying that gun ownership isn’t rising and is in fact decreasing according to them. Well when even CNBC is stating what we’ve all known, the fact you are in the first stage of grief, denial, becomes obvious.
Women are certainly juicing the numbers, but other factors are pushing sales higher. A record 16.4 million firearm background checks were conducted in the U.S. last year, up from 14.4 million in 2010. A weak economy and fear of President Obama pushing for gun control in a potential second term have weapons sales soaring.
“It’s booming,” says Jessica Goode, who sells guns at Sharp Shooters in Lorton, Va. “The weapons are flying off the shelves. We can’t keep them in stock. It’s the economy. People are feeling unsafe nowadays, they want protection.”
You know I can understand a little bit of denial at the beginning, but this is just loosing its humor… Wait no it’s not, it’s still hilarious!
Anyone who has spent any time around the different parts of the culture sees the obvious. Ownership is growing, period. Last gun show I went to was the most packed I had ever seen it. The local indoor range it is pretty much required advanced reservations now. Out of the few shops I spend time in and know owners they all have said they are seeing new owners. I have been fielding questions from family friends interested in getting their first gun. I spent time introducing someone else to shooting personally.
Despite what these people want to think, the facts show that gun ownership is increasing in this country. Then on top of the cold hard facts there is plenty of circumstantial evidence to further support it.
To further the trend of denial however. Many of us who open carry now are discovering something else, no one cares. Joe has gone to the doctor and been exposed in the People’s Republik of Puget Sound and there wasn’t a swarm of police. The fact is, we are winning the war of normalization and it is a few people who go into pants shitting hysterics (PSH) when they see a gun. Despite what these hysterical people think, they are not the majority of the public.
Gun ownership is up within the US and the numbers prove it. The media is seeing it and admitting the truth. I know it must be difficult for our opponents to realize their irrelevancy.
Denial is the first stage of grief and it is strong with both the VPC and the Brady Campaign.
Stage two is Anger. We have seen anger out of the CSGV and many who are associated with our other opponents. CSGV’s Facebook page is an endless stream of comments wishing violence upon strangers. Expect the levels of anger to rise over time as they begin to be unable to support their denial any longer.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.