Total Sandy Hook Propaganda Failure: Guns Surging

The Sandy Hook propaganda failure could mean a complete counter-revolution against Liberalism. Have hope!

Last Saturday I posted about the new gun law in Kansas. Or rather, I posted about the new recognition on the part of the Kansas state government that the right to bear arms meant that no one needed a permit to carry their firearm outside their home. As my headline indicated, “Liberal Sandy Hook Failure: No Permit Needed to Carry in Kansas,” I interpreted this as a major defeat of what we might call the Sandy Hook propaganda campaign that liberals have been waging since those murders were committed.

And now the Washington Post is reporting on other aspects of how the Second Amendment is undergoing a renaissance in our culture. Like me, that report interprets what is happening as a failure of the Sandy Hook campaign efforts: “Obama gun control push backfires as industry sees unprecedented surge.”

The American firearms industry is as healthy as ever, seeing an unprecedented surge that has sent production of guns soaring to more than 10.8 million manufactured in 2013 alone — double the total of just three years earlier.

The 2013 surge — the latest for which the government has figures — came in the first full year after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, signaling that the push for stricter gun controls, strongly backed by President Obama, did little to chill the industry despite the passage of stricter laws in states such as New York, Maryland, Connecticut and California.

Indeed, interest in guns appears to be at an all-time high in California, which shattered its previous record for gun-purchase background checks last month, with nearly 200,000 processed, suggesting a vibrant firearms market in the country’s most populous state.


Little more than two years after the Sandy Hook shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 schoolchildren and six faculty at the school, the staying power of the industry is striking.

There’s no way for Liberal’s to deny this: they have been outgunned (no pun intended) on this issue and soundly defeated. I suspect Obama knew he would be beaten but felt he had no choice but to pursue gun control after Sandy Hook because his constituency demanded and expected it. Or maybe he was delusional enough to think he could win. (Sadly, he’s won many other issues.)

And remember, this isn’t just about winning a single issue. Gun rights and gun culture may reconfigure the political map. I am certainly praying that it does so! African Americans have been undergoing a conversion to the wisdom of private possession of firearms. While White Liberals want to disarm them for their own good (yeah, right!), blacks are finding it makes more sense to arm themselves and take care of themselves. This means they are moving toward the culture and values of the Tea Pary—or, more accurately, discovering that they have always had shared culture and values. The failure of the Sandy Hook anti-gun campaign means politicians are losing their ability to convince us that we are opposed interest groups.

There are many things that frighten me about where America is headed. But this is a big trend in the right direction. I say it is a big trend because the Second Amendment requires and encourages a mindset of self-reliance and independence. It is impossible to embrace it and not begin to question other tenets of the collectivist police state that Liberals want.