“We need to arm the teachers.”
Well, besides all of the other problems that would cause, a gunman would just go to a mall or a movie theater instead and shoot that up.
“Then we need armed guards at the malls and movie theaters.”
But then a gunman would just go someplace where there aren’t armed guards.
“Then everybody needs to have a gun.”
So the only way for everyone to be safe from people with guns is for everyone to have guns?
That’s certainly the conversation I’d be encouraging if I had some kind of financial stake in gun sales.
Remington Outdoor Co. announced on Monday that it will file for bankruptcy, according to an article published Tuesday, the day before the school massacre in Florida. It barely made the news and I almost missed it, but there it was on my phone, between an article about President Trump wanting to replace food stamps with a terrible idea and an Onion article about an Italian Grandmother who doesn’t know how to make lasagna. I’d opened it a few days ago but hadn’t read it, a bad habit I can’t seem to shake. Between my computer and phone I probably have 600 tabs with articles I will never get to. And a little while ago, while watching more coverage of the school massacre in Florida, something jogged my memory about seeing that headline.
Some analysts blame the company’s bad performance over the past year on Trump. Gun sales soared under President Obama, as people rushed to buy more guns out of fear that Obama would somehow stop or at least limit gun sales. In 2016, as gun owners became convinced that Hillary Clinton would become the next president and strip away their gun rights (“Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment” Trump said during the campaign), they bought even more guns, and gun manufacturers ramped up production in anticipation of a Democratic presidency.
But then Trump won, and gun sales went down. Some are even calling it the “Trump Slump.” (Don’t worry, gun manufacturer stocks got a bump after Wednesday’s massacre.)
Gun companies (through the NRA) have a tough needle to thread. They need to keep enough supporters in power to keep gun laws in their favor, but not so many that gun owners aren’t terrified that they won’t be able to buy as many guns as they want whenever they want. With the House, the Senate, and the White House all in NRA-friendly hands, I guess gun buyers aren’t scared enough. And since 3% of American adults own half of the guns, they might be nearing their saturation point anyway. Gun manufacturers need new customers in order to get their profits back up.
So now we have to arm the teachers, even though we already don’t have enough money to buy them pencils.
Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA, is fond of saying that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. Sounds like a great way to double gun sales.