When it comes to predictable economic trends, gun sales in America have seemed to buck the norms on more than a few occasions.
Let’s take Tesla, for instance. The electric car company, who have been on the cutting edge of autonomous automobile technology for some time, recently encountered some trouble when one of their self driving cars killed it’s non-driving driver.
A Tesla vehicle driving in autopilot mode crashed into a roadside barrier and caught fire in a test carried out in California – according to a report by the BBC. The driver of the Model X car died soon after the incident which occurred on the 23 March 2018.
In a statement, the company confirmed that autopilot was engaged with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance set to minimum. Several visual and one audible hands-on warning were sent to the driver whose hands were not detected on the steering wheel six seconds prior to the collision.
“The driver had about five seconds and 150 metres of unobstructed view of the concrete divider with the crushed crash attenuator, but the vehicle logs show that no action was taken,” the statement added.
After this incident, and an unfortunately tepid response from Tesla, stock in the company took a nosedive.
In the case of firearms, however, things are a little different.
When the liberal media begins to spin a national tragedy into a debate on gun control, firearm sales actually rise, thanks to the worry that emotionally-charged legislators could take action against the Second Amendment. Speculative buyers believe that they soon won’t be able to purchase those same weapons, should the left have their way in Congress. So they buy guns.
Estimated gun sales eclipsed historic highs in March, according to federal data.
Applications submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System exceeded 2.7 million last month — the busiest March on record and the third highest ranking month since the FBI began keeping track in 1998.
Estimated gun sales — the sum total of transfers in the NICS’s handgun, long gun, multiple and other categories — totaled 1.4 million, an 11 percent spike over last year and 16 percent above 2016, the busiest year ever for background checks.
Dealers processed more than 781,000 applications for handguns and just under 541,000 applications for long guns last month — the most ever recorded for March.
Of course, the belief here is that the political aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting of February prompted these sales increases.
And that is certainly likely. The leftist media has been running wild Fascist suggestions about what to do with the Second Amendment, or so-called “assault rifles”.