Saturday, August 18, 2012

CBS This Morning Notices Rising Gun Sales

In a relatively balanced report, CBS's Tammy Leitner discusses the rise in new gun sales in the United States for CBS This Morning. Interviewed for the story that aired yesterday are a Los Angeles mom who wants to protect herself and her kids and Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation.

CBS attributes the rise in gun sales to a bi-fold fear of rising crime and fear of the gun control measures a second Obama Administration might push. I don't disagree fear is one of the driving factors behind rising gun sales. However, I don't think it is the only factor in the growth of gun sales. Other factors that didn't make the story is that shooting is fun as well as the desire by many to take responsibility for their own safety. Taking responsibility does not have to be driven by fear. It is more akin to buying property and casualty insurance. You hope that you never have to use it but it is smart risk management to protect against great loss.

Ruger's suspension of new orders is referred to but erroneously states that they are still refusing the new orders.  They resumed taking new orders on May 29th.

1 comment:

  1. So they credit Alan Gottlieb, SAF President, to the NRA. OK...I guess we bitter clingers all look alike.

    Otherwise it was an interesting segment that focused on what we are all calling "Gun Culture 2.0": defensive participants.

    I'd like to see the sporting aspects covered, but the simple fact is that GC 2.0 reigns supreme. We all better get used to it.

    Also, total win on showing the training for teens to draw, aim and fire for defense. The fact this story came from LA and not somewhere in flyover country means the coastal types will see their own neighbors in this story.

    That's important, I think. One of the easiest methods I have to make a liberal person feel more at ease with firing a gun for defense is showing them my wife: University of Madison Alum; LA-girl; Minority...typical liberal territory. I tell the newbies, "she does it, so can you." Oddly it assuages all kinds of liberal guilt over picking up a gun.

    Little do they know that my wife is somewhere to the Right of Attila the Hun, and has been her whole life. But I guess she looks the part. You wouldn't think "bitter clinger" when you meet her.