The Impact of Suggested Gun Control Reform on the Hunting Industry and Crime Rates
U.S. President Barack Obama has officially proposed to Congress to restrict the freedom to bear arms. In particular, the return to a ban on the sale of automatic weapons and stores of large capacity and always inspect individuals buyers. Americans are buying guns and arrange meetings. According to observers, weapons lobbyists made their first attack unsuccessful.
The rights of U.S. citizens to bear arms may be limited in the near future. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to revise the law on carrying weapons in the direction of tightening. Since its inception, the Obama and his supporters sparked violent clashes with a powerful clan of gun lobbyists who believe the proposed measures infringe on the constitutionally protected right to self-defense. Meanwhile, a state of New York adopted the law project that would tighten arms trafficking (Clark).
Many ordinary citizens have responded to the president’s proposal assaulting gun shops and buying guns, fearing that this is their last chance to get a serious weapon. Ads appeared on the shelves of gun shops in New York reporting that one customer can buy no more than 100 bullets of various calibers (Fox News). There have been meetings against Obama’s proposals in the state of Colorado. Residents came out with posters, protecting the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants the right to bear arms. Moreover, the major annual exhibition SHOT (shooting, hunting and outdoor trade) in Las Vegas is on the background of the discussion initiative of the President. Fans of weapons gathered for this exhibition to appreciate the beauty and quality of the exhibits, including assault (automatic) rifle, which is opposed by Obama. Observers are curiously watching the unfolding battle. They state that the lobbyists of rifles made their move and it was extremely unfortunate.
The National Rifle Association (NSA) gave response to Obama’s proposals, which is believed to control some conservatives. In the 35-second video posted on the NSA website, representatives of the Association called Obama “elitist hypocrite”, pointing out that his two daughters are under armed guard. “Are the children the president is more important than yours?” – The head of the NSA Wayne LaPierre refers to the audience (National Post). The White House did not fail restrained comment on this statement, calling it “disgusting and cowardly.” The editor of the American tab in the British newspaper The Telegraph, Peter Foster notes that lobbyists are just on the verge of hysteria. After all, bans on assault rifles do not affect the interests of hunters and shooting.
Business related to weapons in the U.S. is huge. So huge that despite the first place in the world for the production the United States consumes most of the produced with quite a few imports. Over 2011 6.5 million barrels were produced and more 3.2 million were imported from abroad. Industry related to the production of weapons gives 220,000 jobs and generates about 31 billion dollars annually. It’s about twice as much as GM, which is considered one of the pillars of the economy. But unlike large corporations, gun companies do not have the monopolies and are smeared between the relatively small companies, rarely exceeding staff of 300 people.
Incidentally, this is the only industry that was not affected by the crisis and showed growth. Many states are trying to lure the production in their areas. For example, in Idaho Republicans say: “Gun control means the use of both hands when shooting for us. We are always happy with producers that are willing to move here.” (Hall)
In general weapons production was quite advanced and contributed to the prosperity of many of its closest associates. Now the politicians who are seeking to impose more restrictions have to swirl, trying to prohibit citizens of bearing guns. They also try to avoid conflicting with the producers; otherwise they will move out the production, which will result in considerable losses. A recent example is the Magpul, an extremely eminent company, which plans to move a multimillion-dollar business out of Colorado after adopting the next populist prohibitions. Remington plans to close the factory in the state of New York (1,300 jobs) because of the laws severely restrict the possibility of the production of weapons. Beretta threatens to close manufacturing facilities in Maryland because of the ban on the production of gun shops with a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Private equity fund Cerberus Capital Management announced its intention to sell the company Freedom Group, which is engaged in the manufacture of weapons. Freedom Group owns Bushmaster, whose rifle last week was used in the shooting in an American elementary school in Connecticut. Freedom Group is one of the largest players in the market of weapons in the U.S. and owns companies such as Remington, Bushmaster, Marlin and H & R. Last week in the town of Newtown 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, shot 27 people, including 20 children under the age of six or seven years, six adults and their mother using a semi-automatic rifle Bushmaster AR 15.
Cerberus Capital Management suggested that the main role of the fund is to make decisions on investments and the fund “has no desire to be involved in the national debate” over the issue of control of arms trafficking in the United States. Calls for tighter gun control in the United States have become increasingly loud after the massacre of children in Newtown. President Obama has already said he would work with Congress to adopt stricter measures to control arms trafficking. In particular, the thing is about the limited capacity of the store, as well as measures to ban arms sales to individuals by the dealer without a license and without thoroughly verifying the identity of the buyer.
Also, there is news that the network of Dick’s has withdrawn from sale a number of semi-automatic rifles in all of its 511 stores. From the site cleaned advertising network Wal-Mart rifle Bushmaster AR 15. The news of Cerberus Capital Management plans affected other major arms manufacturers in the United States – Smith & Wesson and Sturm Rugger lost 10% and 8%, respectively. From the moment of the shooting at the school Newtown Smith & Wesson shares fell by 18%, Sturm Rugger – 15%. However, in general, from the beginning of the year quotes from both companies remain positive.
Overall, sales of small arms in the U.S. continue to rise. So, in November, the FBI has registered about 2 million identity checks arms buyers. These checks are in the National System of immediate inspection of the United States (National Instant Criminal Background Check System, NICBCS) are used to approximate the amount of purchase weapons. The November figure of 2,000,000 checks for 1 month was the highest in the history of statistics from the FBI (Enforcement Division). In November 2011, there were 1.5 million checks. Ten years ago, in November 2002 – 888 thousand. Gun sales in the U.S. in recent years continue to grow, the financial crisis of 2008 did not stop the Americans from purchasing new weapons. At the same time, in recent years, almost after each new case of mass murder in America, the pace of sales of firearms only grows.
Brownells Inc Company, which bills itself as one of the world’s largest suppliers of weapons and accessories to it, reported that over three days the sales volume of ammunition clips in the United States was as much as company normally sells for 3.5 years (Hsu).
According to the message on an Internet forum, issued on behalf of the company president Pete Brownell, the demand after the massacre of young school children in the state of Connecticut has reached “unprecedented” proportions.
According to the Los Angeles Time, the sales of weapons and ammunition have also increased due to a possible tightening of legislation on firearms. A number of other manufacturers and suppliers of weapons, by contrast, deliberately reduce the volume of sales on the background of tragedy with the shooting of peaceful Americans. For example, Cabelas retailer withdrew rifle Bushmaster AR-15 from the market in Connecticut, with which Lanza kill children. Dicks Sporting Goods Company reported that it stopped selling all kinds of weapons in Newtown. And one of the largest U.S. retailers Wal-Mart also removed M4A3 rifle from sale.
A record demand for weapons led to shortages in stores In the U.S. The Americans, fearing the spread of restrictions on firearms, began to massively replenish its reserves. As a result, it became difficult to get hold of the most common items, such as ammunition of 22 calibers. In addition, the price of guns has doubled in some stores last year. In some cases store owners have set limits on the amount of goods that one buyer can purchase.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation explains the increased demand growing popularity as a sport shooting, hunting, and the use of weapons for self-defense. Service protection of fish and wildlife resources of the United States reported that the number of applications for a license to hunt has grown from 2006 to 2011 by nine percent.
Prior to that, the demand for licenses was consistently falling for 25 years. The head of the National Association of trap shooting and shooting associations flying targets Michael Hampton said that the number of members of each organization is up to four million people and is growing at three to five percent annually.
Meanwhile, the stores claim that athletes do not provide record demand buy gun owners who replenish their stocks, fearing bans or tax increases. Vendors say that sales have gone up the mountain shortly after re-election of President Barack Obama, whose administration is opposed to its proliferation, and there was a sharp jump on the background of active public debate on this issue.
According to industry representatives, the American arms companies producing ammunitions are now working in 24 hours regime. There was no such a high demand for ammunition in the United States before. Rare calibers are only in the presence in many stores. The most popular and demanded of those are sold on request and on a first-come first-served basis only.
Hornady Company gets enormous profit – one of the leaders in the production of ammunition. The company had to hire additional workers and to explore new production powers. Black Hills Ammunition does not lag supplying the “scarce ammunition”. Remington reports the high demand for ammunition for rifles – all work units, which produces ammunition, are working overtime.
There is almost no ammunition for handguns today on the shelves of gun shops – in particular calibers of 9mm, .45 acp, 40 S & W, and 223. Many consumers wait for hours the importation of ammunition, all delivery is sold out almost instantly. The queues are observed at larger stores such as Wal-Mart and others.
The police of the United States have registered at least 500 incidents due to careless handling of firearms this year. Hunters, members of the law, the sellers of pistols and rifles, students, teenagers and even young children shot themselves and others. Numerous incidents, some of which resulted in death, made fans and foes shooting to talk about the need to tighten the rules for handling weapons. “I’m a big fan of sport shooting, an avid hunter and collector revolvers in the fifth generation – said Ben Faravey, a member of the National Rifle Association – I will always defend the right of Americans to the second amendment of the Constitution. But I’m sorry, that many gun owners do not even know how to put a gun to fuse, or as it is fully discharged.”
Not a reducing the trafficking of arms, but rather reducing the number of zones that are free from it, where to carry weapons is strictly forbidden is to prevent mass shootings that occur in the United States. Such zones are a refuge for the maniacs. These are mainly schools, movie theaters, restaurants. Not a single maniac, no matter how stupid one can be, do not go shooting people, for example, at the shooting range. So school teachers and the security should be provided with firearms. A prime example is Israel, where in schools a single shot was not done since 1974, because there were armed men protecting the population.
There are cases where the crime falls after the legalization of weapons and, on the contrary, grows after banning. It is obvious that the ban on weapons has not saved Canada from executions. And why would it stop if people have nothing else to fight crime? The fact is that such restrictions can only disarm the law abiding citizens, not criminals who will bear the gun in any way. In addition, international experience shows that criminals rarely use legal weapon, only one percent of cases. Almost always, they are resorting to the illegal weapons, which they have now as well.