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What drives gun sales? << Click the link to read the NY Times  article.


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“President Obama has actually been the best salesman for firearms,” said Brian W. Ruttenbur, an analyst with BB&T Capital Markets, a financial services firm.

Fear of gun-buying restrictions has been the main driver of spikes in gun sales, far surpassing the effects of mass shootings and terrorist attacks alone, according to federal background-check data analyzed by The New York Times.

When a man shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gun sales did not set records until five days later, after President Obama called for banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

“It would be like you’ve never owned a toaster, you don’t really want a toaster, but the federal government says they’re going to ban toasters,” Mr. Ruttenbur said. “So you go out and buy a toaster.”



Let's see if I follow this correctly. You buy a toaster because you are afraid that one day, someone whose world view is different than your own, will show up and bash you or a family member or church friend in the head with their toaster. And if you don't have a toaster, your toasterless state will be sensed by the attacker who will seek you out to make toast of you and yours. If you do buy one and leave it out unlocked and in plain view in your kitchen, an attacker will see it and seize it to, once again, make you toast. Of less importance is the possibility of your 6 year old, after discovering your toaster and due to a lack of other toys, plugging it in and electrocuting himself. Or the frightening but very likely reality of electrocuting your child yourself, when you use the toaster while giving him his bath and the toaster falls into the bath water, toasting you with your wet hands, as well as your innocent child. 


OK. I think I've got it. Thank you N.Y. Times for clarifying this.


I suppose that a spirit, educated in violent action and reaction, magnified by the media, driven by self-created fears and lack of dialogue with others in our world,... has nothing to do with this firearms and death by firearms discussion.


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