OPINION | Barry Richard: Flat Gun Sales Good for Trump
Americans are apparently feeling a lot safer with Obama gone and Trump in the White House.
The Associated Press says "Sale of firearms slowed dramatically after the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016 allayed fears of a Democratic crackdown on gun owners." It's known among gun store owners as the "trump slump," according to the AP.
Whats more AP reports, "That trend has continued in recent weeks even with talk of gun control in Congress and among business leaders following the Feb 14 massacre of 17 people at a Florida high school." In the past we've seen gun sales skyrocket in the days following a mass shooting but, this time is different.
"The day after the election, it's just like somebody turned a faucet off. Since then, sales there have been cut in half, and nothing the president or Congress has done or said following the Florida shooting has improved business." - David Dobransky, Ohio gunshop owner
Pennsylvania gun shop owner Wes Morosky tells AP he has seen a slight uptick in sales in recent days but attributes the increase to the Trump tax cut putting more money back into people's pocket:
"Generally, people are still comfortable with the government that's intact right now,"
It is certainly true that after past mass shootings gun owners, fearing new gun laws or even a confiscation of all guns led to sharp increases in gun sales. The fact that this has not happened is one more indication that the public is confident in this administration's ability to protect the Second Amendment.
Since the election in 2016 business and consumer confidence have also continued to rise. All of these indicators are good news for Trump as he plots a re-election bid in 2020 and Republicans as they look to hang on to control of the House and Senate this Fall.
Editor's Note: Barry Richard is the afternoon host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from Noon-3pm. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.