Instead, a different topic!
Did you see the news articles earlier this week about the massive upswing in gun sales at the end of the year? It’s interesting to see, and while it is pretty easy to blame it on the holidays, I think there are a few other things in play here.
First, I think that people continue to be unsettled about what’s going on in society, the overall unrest in the world, and the continuing uncertainty of the next couple of years.
Lately I’ve been talking to quite a few folks that are buying their first gun. They see things in the news and around them that are unsettling and even people who were hesitant to have firearms around are reaching for the sense of security that they get from their new purchase.
Second, I think that we’re going to see another ‘Obama Effect’ like we saw four years ago with gun and ammo prices going through the roof as folks buy up what they want or need, or in some cases even just pick up stuff ‘just in case’ … and the number of gun owners that are going out to get ‘just one more gun’ seems to be going up as well.
I do think that if you’re going to be buying anything firearms related this year, keep an eye on things, and if you see good deals, jump on them. Earlier in the year would be better. God only knows what prices and availability will be like as we get closer to the election and the oh so scary 2012 Mayan Apocalypse…
Finally, no matter how much training you’ve had … go get more this year. Take a good defensive class, or a tactical class if you’ve already been through a bunch of them. Most regions have good training facilities, for example my favorite here in the Seattle area is Insights.
There’s no substitute for having solid training. Do it!