Obama’s win makes big bang in gun sales

Despite the dire state of the U.S.
economy, gun stores around the nation
have been reporting record sales since
Barack Obama won the bid for for the
presidency.
Many attribute the massive increase of
gun sales to the National Rifl e Association.
During the presidential campaign, the
NRA started a multimillion-dollar
advertising binge that entailed television
ads and mass mailings.
The mailed fl yers, which looked
like they came directly from the
Obama campaign, read: “Barack
Obama’s 10 Point Plan to ‘Change’
the Second Amendment Right.”
The NRA ads claimed Obama would
ban the use of handguns and the use of
fi rearms for home self-defense.
Throughout his campaign, however,
Obama voiced his support for the right
to bear arms, and in his “Urban Policy”
paper, stated that he would “protect the
rights of hunters and other law-abiding
Americans to purchase, own, transport
and use guns.”
Regardless of who inspired the
run on guns, and who stands behind
them or against them, there seems to
be a nationwide fear that the Second
Amendment right to bear arms is at
risk.
Most UAA students, however, seem
to have a different opinion
In a survey conducted on campus in
November, 75 percent of students did not
think Obama would try to ban guns when
he got into offi ce; 90 percent did not think
he could.
Several members of Students for
Concealed Carry On Campus, a new club
being formed on campus, disagreed.
“I truly understand the reasoning
behind why the people are doing what
they’re doing,” George Hines, who is
slated to become the president of SCCC in
the spring, said.
“If you look at Obama’s history. he
clearly makes it known that he’s not for
people having guns,” Hines said. “So I can
understand [people’s] fear and desire to
rush out and get some.”
SCCC is a nationwide organization that
boasts 30,000 members strong. The idea
behind the organization is that Americans
have a right to protect themselves almost
everywhere except on college campuses.
“It’s our opinion that [the state has]
generated a target-rich environment for
people who want to do harm to other
people and not have any regard for being
fi red back upon or stopped,” Hines said.
“We’ve basically got a situation where
people are fi sh in a barrel. Our contention
is that not only is it an inhumane thing to
do to people, but it’s illegal.”
Hines said the current fear in America
of the new administration trying to infringe
on Second Amendment rights is a valid one.
He said that if the government can impose
laws against carrying a gun on a college
campus, which he maintains is illegal, then
it is possible for them to further violate the
Second Amendment.
Hines may be a minority voice
at UAA when it comes to fears
of the new administration, but
he is not alone in Anchorage.
Gun and ammunition sales all over
Anchorage are seeing record sales this
winter.
Wild West Guns, off Homer Drive
and East 71st, has a large sign out front
that reads, “Huge Obama Sale,” and their
gunsmiths and sales clerks are busier than
usual.
“Traditionally, this time of year we
always have higher sales than the rest of
the year,” Wilde West Guns manager Ken
Feinman said. “But sales are 780 percent
higher this year than this time last year.”
Feinman said people are right to be
afraid. “With a democratic president
and a democratic congress, it’s highly
likely that the government will attempt
to deprive people of their Second
Amendment right,” Feinman said.
He said it is most likely, however, that the
new administration rather than amend the
constitution, will make laws limiting the
sale of ammunition.
“They will probably try and limit the
sales of ammo, not guns,” Feinman said.
“Which is why there has been such an
enormous increase of ammo sales.”
Feinman said Wild West Guns has sold
more than 450,000 rounds of ammunition
since the elections.