“The top item Americans say they are likely to buy because of the election is a gun,” according to a survey for the supply chain firm Elementum. What’s more 97 percent of Americans are holding off major purchases “due to the presidential election.”
On top of the list of items all age groups are considering is firearms, said the survey. Some 16 percent “plans to buy a firearm as a result of the upcoming election. Among Americans living in the South, the figure is nearly 1 in 5 (19 percent) and among Gen Xers (35-44 year olds) the number is nearly 1 in 4 (23 percent) especially among women (24 percent),” said Elementum.
Their survey was done by Harris Polls.
Beretta on Tuesday unveiled a pre-election sale, offering 20 percent on magazines. Clinton has sided with those pushing for limits on cartridge magazines. And the sports chain Gander Mountian is running a pre-Election Day sale on semi-automatic weapons including AR-15 rifles.
— 15 percent of Gen X men and 16 percent of Millennial men will secure a passport because of the election.
— 13 percent of Gen X men and 10 percent of Millennial men will stock up on precious metals.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation processed a record number of background checks in the month of October, indicating that gun sales were at an all time high for the sixth month in a row.
The FBI’s National Instant Background Check System processed 1,976,759 firearms related checks in October. That is a 373,290 increase in checks over last year and a new record for the month. It also makes October the sixth consecutive month to see a record number of checks.
Since every purchase of a new gun in the United States requires a background check the metric is considered a reliable proxy for how many overall gun sales there have been, even though the number does not represent a one to one calculation for gun sales. The federal government and most states do not require background checks on gun sales made between private parties. Additionally, some states request FBI background checks on their citizens who apply for gun carry permits.
So far in 2015 the FBI has performed 17,584,346 firearms related checks. Currently, 2015 is on pace to beat 2013’s record 21,09,273 checks.
Gun rights activists have pointed to Democrats’ calls for new gun control measures as one reason why gun sales have increased. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has said that the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment, that Australian style mandatory gun buybacks should be considered in the United States, and that she would implement new gun control through executive action.
“Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the best gun salespeople on the planet. The more they scream for new gun control laws the more guns walk off the shelves at gun stores,” said Alan Gottlieb, the head of the Second Amendment Foundation. “To quote the lyrics of Peter, Paul and Mary, ‘When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn.’”
If you were to picture a doomsday prepper living in New York City, how would you describe them? If you’re thinking bunker-building isolationists with conservative or anti-government sentiments, a religious end-times outlook, a secret arsenal of weaponry, and a massive cache of food — well, you would be incorrect. Although those are the stereotypical extremists often seen as doomsday preppers, their like depicted on the National Geographic show of the same name, those that would survive a doomsday scenario in an urban setting — urban preppers — are often quite the opposite of their rural counterparts, LiveScience reported Aug. 25.
According to Queens College sociologist Anna Maria Bounds, the typical urban prepper isn’t a gun-toting conservative at all. In fact, most urban preppers don’t own guns. Their philosophies range from ultra-conservative to ultra-liberal. There are no bunkers, weapons stashes, or food storage troves. In reality, the typical urban doomsday prepper is likely to have a simple “bug out” bag (a satchel that contains items for surviving) and a plan of escape.
So what makes a good plan for exiting the city in case of a disaster? Bounds says that a good escape route is a necessity and should be well thought-out ahead of time. An escape vehicle, such as a car, should be always be kept in a state of preparedness (such as keeping the gas tank full). A “bug out” bag, a backpack filled with survival necessities like food, a flashlight, camping gear, water filtration systems, should be constructed, its weight kept at a comfortable level. Practicing “bugging out” (that is, leaving at a second’s notice due to an emergency situation) is commonly done by preppers to acclimate themselves to carrying “bug out” bags, staying physically and mentally prepared, and discovering what works best to remain self-sufficient.