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'Trump slump' in gun sales continues despite control debate

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Maybe this is why we have seen an increase in mass/school shootings in the past 20 years:

Over the past 30 years, U.S. gun production has tripled.

The U.S. also imports millions of guns annually.

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Congress and Trump have done exactly what I thought they would do. NOTHING. Just like they have done after every mass shooting/killing. Keep your thoughts and prayers to yourselves because that's just hollow claptrap.

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"Generally, people are still comfortable with the government that's intact right now," Morosky said.

I'm not really sure what that means....

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When the US's first black President is said to want to take people' guns, even if he never actually said he would, never gave any indication he would, even though he didn't take even a single action to move down that path... gun sales skyrocket because a certain segment of American society feel it is absolutely necessary to protect themselves from him.

When Donald Trump openly proposes in a government meeting to confiscate Americans' guns without first following due process, gun sales don't even register a blip.

That tells you something about how Americans think.

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Cool. Got your new gun, big boy. Here's a pat on the back and a lollipop for exercising your Second Amendment rights. Just down the strip mall, there's a store specializing in erectile dysfunction issues. Coincidence?

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That tells you something about how Americans think.

Certain Americans, namely those ignorant enough to have voted for Trump.

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The Obama boom that flooded the US with firearms is over.

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The Obama boom that flooded the US with firearms is over.

You clearly didn't read the article. Here, let me help you understand the inaccuracy of your statement:

Over the past 30 years, U.S. gun production has tripled.

The U.S. also imports millions of guns annually.

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Another possible explanation is that within the gun community there are those who've done an inventory of their private arsenals and found there's no space left in their safe rooms for even more weapons and ammo.

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Tommy: You clearly didn't read the article. Here, let me help you understand the inaccuracy of your statement:

Of course I read the article. Here is a quote for you from the article

Sales of firearms slowed dramatically after the election of Donald Trump as president

Sales are down dramatically since Obama left office. Trump is even talking about increasing gun regulations yet sales are down. Since the NRA isn’t buying all those record number of new guns you speak of and giving them away for free to anyone that wants one, I would suggest that perhaps you are the one who did not read the story.

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Did you guys see the story about Georgia reversing plans for a tax cut for Delta because Delta stopped their NRA discount? This is who is on the other side.

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Gun nuts seem to panic easily, which seems to me something disadvantageous for someone in possession of a gun. See, when a Democrat is elected, they figure their guns'll be taken away, so they stock up, but with a GOP leader, mommy is in the house.

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Black, Democrat president gets elected, right-wingers freak out and buy more guns. Then they blame increased gun sales on said black Democrat president. Bit of messed up logic there.

The irrational fear of black people never ceases to amaze me.

But if Trump does decide to bring in gun controls, the resulting panic buying should restore gun sales to an unhealthy norm.

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One JT pro gun pro Trump poster assured us all that gun sales were up following the Florida massacre, guess not.

USA sells around 5 million guns every year adding to already 350 million weapons but the market reaches some saturation levels so the NRA jumps in to warn against the 2nd amendment rights to boost sales again.

3-5% of the adult population own more than 50% of the total number of guns. That would be the main section buying less guns.

Anyway, it was a first when Trump said he didn't need the NRA and wants more gun controls.

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So what is the point of this article?

It appears to blame Trump for falling gun sales. Yet you would think that is a good thing. So its praising Trump for falling gun sales? Cant have that as liberals wont praise Trump for anything, ever. so whats the "Trump slump" and is a good thing or a bad thing?

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It appears to blame Trump for falling gun sales. Yet you would think that is a good thing. So its praising Trump for falling gun sales? Cant have that as liberals wont praise Trump for anything, ever. so whats the "Trump slump" and is a good thing or a bad thing?

The point of the article is that firearm sales have decreased under Trump. It is a good thing, but nothing to praise Trump for. The slump is a function of gun nutters not being whipped into a frenzy by republicans lying that the first black president wants to/is going to take firearms away.

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It appears to blame Trump for falling gun sales.

Let's look closer at who in the article exactly is doing the blaming of Trump:

Gun store owners called it the "Trump slump." Sales of firearms slowed dramatically after the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016 allayed fears of a Democratic crackdown on gun owners.

And:

"The day after the election, it's just like somebody turned a faucet off," said David Dobransky, 67, who owns Dobransky Firearms, a small gun shop in North Canton, Ohio.

I'd bet a dollar to a donut that the overwhelming majority of gun store owners are NRA-membership holding republicans.

So if you have a problem with this blaming of Trump, you're going to have to look at your own party for this one.

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So its praising Trump for falling gun sales? Cant have that as liberals wont praise Trump for anything, ever.

I've supported Trump the few times he has said something I agree with, and would do it again. You team players don't seem to realize that many/most of us on the left are willing to call out our own people when they are wrong, and praise your team when they are right.

But in this case, your anger is misplaced as the article is a criticism of Trump, from your team, so whining about liberals is just another 'butwhaddabout....'.

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How about all the attacks on his family

Depends. If they are doing government business, they are open game. His kid's Baron and Tiffany aren't doing government business and should be off limits.

his staff

Are his choice. If they are swamp, they are game for criticism.

his personal appearance

Live by the sword. He criticizes people's personal appearance all the time, and you people praise him for it.

anti-Trump fake news from "anonymous" sources?

You posted fake news today that wasn't based on an anonymous source. It was simply fake news, as in not based in something that actually happened or was said in reality. If you don't want to be criticized for posting fake news, you should fact-check your news before you post it.

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His kid's Baron and Tiffany aren't doing government business and should be off limits.

Agreed. Chelsea Clinton defends Tiffany and Baron when some knob-end slings mud at them.

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Talk to The NY Times if you want to keep spamming every thread about supposed “fake news”. They wrote the article it’s still online and has not been retracted, so they are presenting it as true. Your issue is with them, not me.

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Talk to The NY Times if you want to keep spamming every thread about supposed “fake news”. They wrote the article

No they didn't. You posted the link to a different article on a different site that had made something up, then claimed that what they made up was in the NYT article.

It was fake, and therefore it's fake news.

I'm talking to you, because you were the one who posted the fake news. Why would I talk to the NYT about an article they didn't write, and didn't post?

Are you ok with posting fake news?

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There will be no further discussion of "fake news" on this thread.

I thought everybody already has guns, why would they want to buy more?

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I wonder how much it costs Dukes Sport Shop to adequately secure a store filled to the rafters with 2000 firearms? Do they contract with security guards to remain on site during off hours? For gun shops going through a multiyear slump, do they skimp on security?

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You the American citizens either blame Trump or praise Trump for this Presidency . I know what the real problems is. It is the American non voting and voting citizen. You the American Citizen have always been navel gazes. The American social culture has and continues to be "It all about me". You do care for your follow citizen and the prove is the refusal to rein in your stupid gun laws. As a result of your social culture, you have a President that govern with the same social attitude "It all about me". I will tell you what I tell me children. You have to be responsible for your mistake you in make in life. You put Trump there. Now all you have to do is be responsible and admit that it was a totally wrong and the American citizen has been totally dumb. In the centuries of history of the USA, the election of Trump was and is the most stupid act that you have committed to yourselves and the free world. Do you realise that during the idolacy of this elected President and his continual mantra " It all about me", has taken your eye off the real game. China are now passing a bill that will take away the political safety net of having only a 2 term leader to a indefinite Leader with no time limit. All this is cause by the American citizen continually ignoring their follow citizen and keep on naval gazing.

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Legalise Nukes... they've got one, we should each have one... my right under the 2nd amendment to bear Nuclear Arms.... com'on now.

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"Certain Americans, namely those ignorant enough to have voted for Trump."

Yes, half the country is ignorant, deplorable and irredeemable, lol

Oh my...

Gun laws won’t be obeyed by crazy people: Judge Andrew Napolitano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCW1CmSXsZo

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Look at that photo above - what on Earth does that chap need with a weapon like that? Maybe it's to protect his family from the dreaded zombie apocalypse that Americans believe in... or to stop the New World Order (whatever they are) from taking over America...

"Ah'm gittin' me one o' them purdy rifles with all them fancy doo-dads so Ah kin go 'n' shoot squirls... or Bigfoot!"

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Trump's new made up conspiracy for today, front page on Fox News:

"President Trump on Monday accused the Department of Justice and FBI under former President Barack Obama of launching an investigation into his campaign in an effort to “discredit” him and help Democrat Hillary Clinton win the presidency, calling those efforts “unprecedented” and “bigger than Watergate.”"

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SerranoMar. 5  11:55 pm JST

"Certain Americans, namely those ignorant enough to have voted for Trump."

Yes, half the country is ignorant, deplorable and irredeemable, lol

Far less than half the US population voted for Trump. Math, plz.

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Far less than half the US population voted for Trump. Math, plz.

Thank god not enough Certain Americans ignorant enough to have voted for Clinton

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That just shows how deluded you people are, that after the mess of corruption and screwups that the Trump administration has been over the past year, you still think Hillary would have been worse. She would have been the staus quo at worst. Trumps administration has been the worst ever. Literally (and I don’t use that word lightly).

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