When Barack Obama was president, every time he brought up new control measures like an “assault weapons ban,” sales of those weapons would blast upward. That led some of us to believe that Obama, secretly, owned stock in American firearms makers.
Well, guns and ammo are selling like crazy again, this time in the state of Virginia and for a far more serious reason: Citizens there appear to be arming up for possible conflict with authorities.
With Virginia Democrats taking over all branches of state government, a firearms store owner in the state says sales of guns, magazines, and ammunition are up 200%, and more of his customers are paying in cash.
Why would it matter that Democrats now control all legislative branches of government in the state? Because since winning control in November, they have been promising to usher in a raft of new gun control laws including, but not limited to, gun confiscation schemes and “red flag” laws that violate the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause.
“This is the largest Christmas and November, December that we've had, basically, since Trump has come on board. The only other person that was a better salesman right now is when we had President Obama,” Jerry Rapp, owner of SpecDive Tactical, in Alexandria, told the website.
There hasn’t been quite the rush on guns during the current administration because President Trump has routinely spoken in support of the Second Amendment which, libs need reminding, is still part of the Constitution.
“Every time [Obama] turned around he was going to ban something or make something illegal. But even that isn't even close to the amount of sales we're selling right now of magazines, of guns, of every kind of gun from pistol, rifle, shotguns, to AR platforms” and ammunition, Rapp said. "We can't keep it in stock.”
It’s not just Virginia Democrats seeking to undermine the Second Amendment, Democrats in Congress are attempting to do the same thing. Freshman Rep. Jennifer Wexton, who was previously a Virginia state senator, has proposed a bill that would require the use of credit card data to track gun purchases. And while there’s not a snowball’s chance in Hades that it’s going to pass, news of her bill has nonetheless spread throughout Virginia.
Think about that, though: An American lawmaker actually proposing to empower the federal government to steal private purchasing data in order to track gun sales. Wexton whacked three amendments at once, the Second, the Fourth (privacy), and the Fifth (due process). Buying a gun is not against the law; furthermore, it’s no business of anyone in government how many legal guns a citizen purchases. (Related: NRA: ‘First weeks critical’ in fight to save gun rights in Virginia; is a showdown looming with Democrats?)
But because of Wexton’s proposal, Rapp said several of his customers have been making their purchases using cash instead of a credit or debit card (because that data is still out there for the government’s taking, with or without the president’s permission).
Rapp also said some of the legislation Democrats in Virginia are proposing would harm his gun safety training (imagine that.)
“From a gun place, the biggest [proposed legislation] that affects me right now, because we're a training company that sells guns, is if you are a trainer or if you train your son or daughter, that you could become a felon, but as a training place, we do safety," Rapp told the website. "We do training both from a basic pistol, rifle, shotgun to advanced combat shootings and tactical shootings for the military, law enforcement, three-letter agencies.”
Democrats are great gun salespeople, that’s for sure. But they are far better authoritarians.