The Economic Sector the President’s Policies Have Helped Most? Firearms

As I noted a few months ago, President Obama’s economic policies have been widely criticized for slowing the economic recovery; meanwhile, one sector of the economy — firearms — has greatly benefited from the president’s policies.

As this article notes, sales at Sturm Ruger & Co. are up 50% over last year, and sales at Smith & Wesson are up 37.6% from the previous year. The article gives credit for the increase to government stimulus policies, saying, “… the better part of the interest in Ruger firearms likely came from the continuing uncertainty about the extent to which lawmakers will pursue gun-control measures…”

Sales would have been even higher, except that the companies cannot manufacture guns fast enough to satisfy demand. Sturm Ruger says, “Insufficient distributor inventory at December 31, 2012 severely limited the estimated sell-through from independent distributors to retailers in the first half of 2013.”

Imagine the economic growth we would have if our policymakers could figure out equally effective policies to stimulate other sectors of the economy.

Randall G. Holcombe is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, the DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University, and author of the Independent Institute book Liberty in Peril: Democracy and Power in American History.
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