February 21, 2014 10:36 am -

The number of guns being produced domestically during the Obama administration as gun advocates fear President Obama will come after their prized possessions. Demand usually goes up during Democratic administrations, but it’s noteworthy that there’s an increase of unusual proportions during the time of our first black president. I’m sure some will disagree that this is race-related, but President Obama isn’t the first Democrat to promote gun control. In fact, Ronald Reagan’s administration enacted some of the most stringent policies as a result of him being shot. But conservatives loved to promote fear that President Obama was going to come and get the guns of law-abiding citizens.

More than 8.57 million guns were produced in 2012, up 31 percent from 6.54 million in 2011, according to data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has been tracking the statistics since 1986.

Almost as many guns — 26.1 million — were produced during Democrat Barack Obama’s first term as president as during the entire eight-year presidency of his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, the ATF data show…

“Barack Obama is the stimulus package for the firearms industry,” said Dave Workman, senior editor of Gun Mag, a print and online publication of the 2nd Amendment Foundation, a gun-ownership rights group. “The greatest irony of the Obama administration is that the one industry that he may not have really liked to see healthy has become the healthiest industry in the United States.”

Ronald Reagan, by the way, was a gun control advocate. Here’s what he said in 1989:

“I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.” —Ronald Reagan, at his birthday celebration in 1989.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.