Whenever the left pushes for more gun control, we tend to see a major spike in firearm sales. Americans seem to have this odd desire to get something someone else doesn’t want you to have. Couple that with people getting tax returns right about now and you see an influx of people wanting to buy guns.
However, it seems WTSP in Florida was shocked by this. Why else would they title their story, “Florida Gun Show sees ‘record number’ of attendees despite gun control debate”?
Thousands of gun enthusiasts — more so than ever — flocked to the Florida State Fairgrounds for the Florida Gun Show event.
Organizers say they had a record number of people attend the event on Saturday, Feb. 24, almost 7,000, and expected more Sunday.
The manager for the Florida Gun Show, George Fernandez, says they’ve never seen such a big crowd.
The company canceled the show in Fort Lauderdale next month after the mayor asked them to show respect to the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting earlier this month.
With the heated debate over gun control staying front and center, Fernandez expressed concerns over proposed gun laws possibly restricting gun owners.
“Some of the people attending are afraid that future legislation will impact their gun ownership rights,” he says.
Which is what happens every time.
You see, people didn’t flock to the gun show despite the gun debate, but because of it.
Lots of people want guns. Either they already own guns and want more, or they don’t own anything at the moment. Either way, for some, a new firearm is a “someday” thing. They want a new AR or something, but they’re kind of expensive, so they decide to hold off for a while.
When the gun control crowd fires up the propaganda engine, however, those people look around and think, “It might be now or never.”
They flock to gun stores and gun shows, eager to pick up whatever it is that their hearts have been desiring for all those months or years. If you couple that with all of those who were going to buy those guns anyway, you create a perfect storm of gun buying frenzy.
That’s something the gun control crowd never gets. Every time they start flapping their gums, they end up putting far more firearms out on the street than they mean to. They put more guns out there because people who wouldn’t have bothered otherwise will suddenly step up and buy.
As a result, they’re actually working against their own aims, whether they ever recognize it or not.
It’s not that unusual. People respond differently when they feel there’s a set time in which to act. For example, despite living in Brooklyn for a time, my parents never went to the Statue of Liberty or any of the other sites of New York City. Why? Because they were always there. They had tons of time…up until my dad got orders that pulled them out of NYC quick, fast, and in a hurry. Yet your average tourist, someone who knows they only have a finite amount of time, will go and see as much as they possibly can in that short timeframe.
The same is true with guns. People who feel they can always buy a gun feel no pressure to necessarily ever buy a gun. Yet when that ability is threatened, those people suddenly feel like their time to act is reduced. That means they have to act right away. In the process, you have people buying guns who might never have done so otherwise.