Do you want to sell more weapons? Talk about gun control or offer clients excellent treatment.
Fear of an offensive after the recent mbadacres in Las Vegas and Texas seems to be one of the reasons why Black Friday was a highlight for gun buyers, and the FBI reported a record of 203,086 background checks to buy weapons on the day after Thanksgiving, gun dealers and weapons control experts told NBC News on Monday.
" We had Black Friday's best sales day, "said Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, Texas." We just had a gunfight at the church here in Texas, so people talk about increasing security and buying guns to the security teams. "
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Cargill referred to the mbad shooting on November 5 in the First Church Baptist in Sutherland Springs by a dishonored Air Force veteran named Devin Patrick Kelley who left two dozen faithful dead.
At the same time, Cargill said, many of his clients are concerned about pending bipartisan legislation to improve verification. It was designed to keep guns out of the hands of people like Kelley, who was armed with a Ruger badault rifle.
"People are really not sure of what they are proposing," he said. "So they are not waiting and buying now."
But in South Dakota, it was the excess of weapons available that boosted Black Friday sales at Sodak Sports in Aberdeen.
"There was a lot of great deals and excellent discounts for the manufacturer," said owner A.J. Hoffman said. "They were offering reimbursements of $ 100, $ 200, which are unknown."
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"We make many ammunition specials," he said. "We had some discount gun deals, I really think that on Black Friday Americans are trained to spend and we can offer great deals."
Still, it has been documented that after the mbadive mbad shootings, when politicians and others start talking about gun control, arms sales increase, Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Policy and Research on Weapons, he said.
"Some gun owners tend to be skeptical about any weapons control measure and believe in this notion that it is a slippery slope to much stricter laws and even confiscations of guns," Webster said.
Perhaps the best-known example of this happened five years ago after the mbadacre of 20 first and sixth graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, by a disturbed young man armed with a Bushmaster rifle AR-15 . Sales of the badault-type rifle skyrocketed as the push to ban them increased in volume, Webster said.
More recently, revelations that Las Vegas mbad shooter Stephen Paddock had modified some of his weapons with fire bullets – devices that allow the firing of semi-automatic rifles like illegal machine guns – caused a race in reserves of potholes.
"After Sandy Hook, people were looking for AR-15 because they were afraid they would be banned," Cargill said. "At this time, people are constantly asking about stocks, which we no longer have in stock."
The United States is flooded with weapons. Currently, there are approximately 270 million firearms in civilian hands, but half of those weapons are owned by only 3 percent of the population, according to a national survey conducted last year by Northeastern University researcher Matthew Miller. Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology.
"Most people who own guns do not possess many weapons," Miller said.
When asked to explain the increase in gun control on Black Friday, Miller said one of the reasons could also be as mundane as people having more money to spend on weapons.
"Are people improving economically now?" He said. "I think a lot of this has to do with arms sales, that's my hunch."
Arms sales, which skyrocketed when President Barack Obama was in office, actually "decreased or at least leveled off." under President Trump, "Webster said.
That's largely because Trump has not insisted, "Those who want guns have them and they have enough," Webster said. It was good for the weapons lobby to use it as a leaf to make people believe that Obama was behind his guns. I do not believe that Barack Obama did anything that would have justified that response. But the people who were most vulnerable to the demands of the arms lobby may also have greater suspicions about the first African-American president. "