Are firearms less likely to be regulated in the future? That could be the conclusion based on two national surveys that report more Americans say stricter guns laws are not needed.
But care should be taken before celebrating the demise of gun control.
A national poll by Reason-Rupe reports that 63 percent of Americans remain unconvinced that tighter restrictions on buying and owning guns are effective in keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals. In contrast, only 32 percent of Americans say stricter laws are effective in preventing criminals from obtaining firearms. The national poll was conducted in December 2013.
Interestingly, Reason-Rupe reports, the majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents agree stricter gun laws would not be effective in keeping guns from criminals.
Of those surveyed, 70 percent of Republicans say stricter gun regulations would not be effective, while just 26 percent say they would be effective. Democrats are more divided on the issue. While typically supportive of increased gun control, more than half (53%) say tighter restrictions on buying and owning guns would not prevent criminals from obtaining firearms; 44 percent say they would prevent criminals from getting firearms. Of Independents, 65 percent don’t think tighter restrictions would be effective while 30 percent think they would.
In a second national poll, Gallup reports the number of Americans dissatisfied with U.S. gun laws and policies has increased to 55 percent, up from 51 percent in 2013 and close to the high of 57 percent in 2001. The poll was conducted in January.
This can be seen as good news, regardless of which side of the gun-control issue you’re on: pro- or anti-gun. In its report, Gallup says Americans may be dissatisfied with gun laws because they believe they should be stricter, or because they believe the laws are too strict.
Historically in Gallup’s polls, those who are dissatisfied leaned heavily toward wanting stricter gun laws. But not this year.
Gallup reports a sharp 16 percent increase in the percentage of Americans who want less strict gun laws. In 2013, the increase was 5 percent.
Just as important, support for stricter gun laws fell to 31 percent from 38 percent in January 2013. It’s important to note the 2013 Gallup poll was conducted shortly after the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012, and in the midst of the White House-driven campaign for more gun control.
“Americans have become more dissatisfied with gun laws over the past year, but this is attributable to a greater percentage who say gun laws are too strict, rather than not being strict enough. Americans’ changing views could set the course for future gun law debates and legislation,” Gallup concludes.
Smith & Wesson continues to call for action with this message on www.smith-wesson.com.
Battles To Be Fought
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Let’s also add the significant increase in the number of gun owners, increasing evidence of favorable attitudes about gun ownership, strong upticks in recreational shooting, plus hunting is making a comeback.
It must be time to break out the party hats and champagne and celebrate the end of gun control. Yes, I know, silly.
However, when the industry isn’t facing an all-out attack at the national level, many in our ranks relax. That is ill-advised. However, it’s happened too many times in the past: While we’re inside celebrating our great victories, anti-gun commandos are outside slashing our tires.
At this very moment, there are well-funded anti-gun/anti-industry groups whose full-time job — and fervent goal — is to make gun ownership so restrictive it becomes a footnote in our history, and in doing so, puts the industry out of business.
They are also not deterred by national polls that favor gun owners or less-restrictive gun laws. Such reports serve to motivate, rather than discourage them.
Yes, if you’ve read these pages of Shooting Industry at anytime in the past two decades, you’ve heard all this before. You will hear it again in the future: Fighting anti-gun/anti-industry battles is an everyday part of doing business in America today.
Fighting these battles isn’t just the “job” of the NSSF or the NRA, or other organizations on the frontlines. All of us are on the frontlines: in our communities, our states and our nation. In early 2013 a call to action sounded across the industry in response to the significant attacks from the White House, Congress, governors and others throughout the nation. However, once the national attacks subsided, the urgency subsided. That’s a mistake. There are battles to be fought.
To learn what you can do in this fight, visit the “Government” section of NSSF’s website.
NASGW Offers Business-Building Webinar
One of the most “it shouldn’t be a secret” business tools available is NASGW’s website, including its webinars.
Featured on the organization’s website, the webinars cover a wide range of topics, including “How to Cross Sell To Your Customers” and “Arming Your Sales Team For Success.” In addition, there is a vast amount of other information and articles available on the website to help you build your businesses.
The best way to learn about what business information NASGW is offering is to subscribe to the organization’s newsletter via www.nasgw.org. While you’re on the website, explore the benefits of joining NASGW. If you’re eligible, join this business-orientated organization.
In Search Of Outdoor Americana
A new TV series is in search of “true pieces of outdoor Americana.”
“Without exaggeration, there are millions of decades-old tackle boxes and half-filled ammunition boxes in the closets, attics and cellars of veteran fishermen and hunters that are worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars,” said Bob Delfay, host of “Treasures and Traditions TV” and longtime industry veteran.
The show filmed its pilot in January at the Cincinnati Hunting & Fishing Show, where the Appraiser’s Choice was a cigar box purchased at an auction for $10 that turned out to contain four fishing lures valued at $6,500 to $7,000.
Other episodes are being filmed at outdoor shows around the country.
“Treasures and Traditions TV will offer outdoor enthusiasts a free appraisal of their vintage items, including firearms, decoys, bows, arrows, knives artwork, you name it. We will share the most interesting items with the viewers of ‘Treasures and Traditions TV,’” Delfay said.
“Treasures and Traditions TV” will debut on The Discovery Network’s Destination America channel with the first show airing on June 22 and 26, and the second episode airing June 29 and July 3.
For additional information, contact Bob Delfay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slide Fire Grabs Commuters’ Attention
A billboard beside a busy Chicago freeway grabbed the attention of thousands of commuters in January. The same message from Slide Fire was displayed on a billboard in Harrisburg, Pa.
Slide Fire placed the “Pure American” billboards in January, sending the message that modern sporting rifles are as American as baseball and apple pie.
Not surprisingly, the billboards drew the ire of anti-gun organizations. Also not surprisingly, the billboards attracted plenty of positive reactions.
Responding to media questions, Laura Shackelford, Slide Fire chief executive manager, said, “Our Second Amendment rights are ‘All-American’ and we have a First Amendment right to speak about them.”
Leaving Your Mark
Manufacturers, are you looking for made-in-the-USA machinery that will give you more consistent engraving depth compared to other marking methods? If so, contact Vision Engraving & Routing Systems.
The company’s new 1624R Engraver/Router offers direct-parts marking for traceability, branding and product enhancement. It can handle both short- and long-run production cycles.
By Russ Thurman
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