First and foremost a telephone survey about gun ownership would never be even close to accurate, there are too many gun owners that would answer NO to any question regarding gun ownership. I personally answered NO to such a question simply because it's nobody's business what I own or don't own, and a vast majority of gun owners feel the same way. Additionally, distrust towards our own government has been growing for decades. Wanting privacy is a common thing among gun enthusiasts. Manufacturers have even created a thriving industry because of this desire for privacy, by offering 80% frames and lower receivers for people to build their own firearms without any chance of them being known about. With the current political climate and a person’s desire for privacy a poll would never be even close to accurate, not even a little.
Second, anyone with even basic math skills can see by the sheer number of background checks that are performed each month couldn't be strictly due to existing gun owners just buying more guns, some may be, but not all! Having worked behind a gun counter lately, I can tell you that at the very least one out of every three buyers were first time buyers, and I still continue to see this trend today. If you don't believe this just ask any gun owner or anyone who works at a shooting range how many new shooters they see on average, since their answers would be more accurate than any poll. Better yet just ask anyone who works behind a gun counter how many new buyers they help every day.
Another obvious sign that there are a lot more new gun owners is how busy the local firearms instructors are, and lately they have been completely booked, sometimes for months in advance. Because of all the new shooters, a lot of instructors now have developed classes that are strictly for new owners. Woman’s only classes are also becoming more popular to cater to the fastest growing segment of new owners, women. Granted, firearms enthusiasts that have had guns for years attend these courses as well, but first time owners, especially women, have a tendency to seek training if they are unfamiliar with the safe handling and operation of a firearm.
Last but not least, especially for us gun owners, and one of the most prominent signs of the market being flooded with new owners is ammunition shortages. Obviously new shooters will consume more ammunition for about the first six months than the majority of long time owners will. While there are a lot of people that stock up on ammunition, and a few hoarders, neither of these would explain the shortages that we have experienced. New shooters also usually start with smaller caliber firearms and work their way up, while the rest of us who shoot a lot invest in reloading equipment and make our own to save money and be able to shoot more.
So gun owners wanting privacy, the sheer number of background checks per year, training courses and shooting ranges being packed, ammunition shortages, and just what us gun owners see every day is our ironclad proof that gun ownership is skyrocketing. I sure hope that those polls didn’t cost them very much!
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