When President-elect Obama was campaigning and talking about change, he probably wasn’t thinking of this kind of change: people going on a gun-buying spree in reaction to his election.
Here’s an excerpt from our colleague Howard Witt’s report today:
HOUSTON — A week after the election of Barack Obama, gun buyers across the country are voting with their feet, flocking to gun stores to stock up on assault rifles, handguns and ammunition.
Some say they are worried that the incoming Obama administration will attempt to reimpose the ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004. Others fear the loss of their right to own handguns. A few say they are preparing to protect themselves in the event of a race war.
But whatever the reason, gun dealers in red and blue states alike say they’ve never seen anything like the run on weaponry they’ve been experiencing since Election Day– surpassing even the panic buying in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.