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Puzzling surges in bitter clinging

March 19, 2012

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“And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” – Candidate O in 2008

Apparently there was a big surge in clinging to guns after the 2008 election. Three years of the current administration have substantially increased clinging to guns. There is another big surge going on at present. And a third big surge is anticipated if our president is re-elected.

The failures of prior administrations were said to have caused earlier bitter clinging to guns. Have administration failures continued and increased or is there another explanation?

Fear & reloading – Wyoming Tribune Eagle Online “Gun owners are stocking up on ammo and a variety of guns in a rush that local retailers haven’t seen since President Barack Obama was elected. In the wake of the 2008 election, prices soared as the availability of weapons and ammo shrank.

“We have definitely seen an increase in sales since the first of the year,” said Ryan Allen, a salesman at Frontier Arms on East Lincolnway. “I think a lot of people are concerned that if he gets reelected he is going to limit guns and ammo purchases.”

Allen said a lot of the increase in business has come from people buying bulk ammo and multiple guns.

Last year the FBI got more than 16.3 million inquires for background checks on potential gun buyers, according to a story in the McClatchy Newspaper service. That’s up from the 12.7 million checks in 2008 and 11.4 million in 2007.”

Examination of trends in bitter clinging to other objects and opinions should be undertaken to see if similiar puzzles exist.

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