Anecdotal evidence? Circumstancial evidence? Maybe.
It is what it is. This is not the sort of statistic subject to government distortion, revision, adjustment or fudging.
I am cross posting this article not because I agree with what it contends (although I agree in general). Rather, I present this article as indication of a shift in mood and maybe a harbinger of things to come.
Certainly one of the things I find most disturbing and that maybe is only indirectly related to how I perceive the role of the state in the West to be evolving is the militarization of previously civic entities like the police and the ratification of laws with a scope that is vague enough to allow for broad and expedient interpretation. A case in point is the definition of a “terrorist”. Let’s not forget too that particularly in the USA the military today relies very heavily (to the tune of 1 for 1 almost) on the assistance of an otherwise civilian entity for its combat operations in the theater of war: Blackwater today known as Xe.
“The conventional wisdom has attributed the rise in firearm sales to the present Administration under the dictum: “Obama, Gun salesman of the year.” […] Making no effort to alleviate the public concerns, the Federal government treated us to two acts in September 2006, the John Warner Defense Authorization Act and the Military Commissions Act.
The latter act effectively gave the President of the United States the power to detain anyone – U.S. citizen or foreign nationals – indefinitely. It also stripped anyone detained of the right to habeas corpus. The New York Times says of this act: “Rather than reining in the formidable presidential powers…the law gives some of those powers a solid statutory foundation.”
The John Warner Defense Authorization Act continued to anger and to arouse the fears of many with its provision to legitimize martial law (section 1076) – in the event of a “natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident or other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order.”
It was during the debate over these two bills that gun sales in 2006 began to rise dramatically over 2005 as the increases in May, June, July, August, and September (below) show. The roused fears of the American public didn’t abate as rapidly as in previous years causing sales to stay high with increases in October, and November before tapering off in December, only to resume in January 2007.”