Sales of guns in the US are rising, just as President Barack Obama unveils control measures designed to limit the availability of weapons.Federal gun background checks, which were flat throughout at least the first term of George W. Bush's presidency, have skyrocketed during Obama's two terms:
Shares in gun makers Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger jumped on news of strong sales in the final months of last year.
On Monday, Smith & Wesson raised its sales estimate, saying the market was "stronger than originally anticipated".
The number of background checks on potential buyers - a guide to future sales - has also risen.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System said that checks were up by about 38% last month compared with December 2014.
So I just don't understand why the NRA isn't funneling money to the Hillary Clinton campaign. I don't see why the NRA isn't hoping for a Democratic takeover of the Senate.
There wouldn't actually be any serious gun control even under those circumstances -- Republicans would still hold the House and would still have enough senators to filibuster serious gun control -- but the gunner panic would be ongoing. November 2016 would be a huge month for gun sales.
Why doesn't the NRA back Democrats? Its target market is primed for paranoia. Why not seek to induce attacks of that paranoia?