The plural of “anecdote” is not “data”, but considering that the “gun control” extremists have neither, take this for whatever it is worth.
This past Thursday, I purchased my first gun safe from our local Academy – a Cannon Scout 21* (or the Academy-specific variant, given that some details are different), at a much better price than is quoted online. About a month ago, I tried to purchase a similar, smaller safe from the same store, but I apparently waited too long (about a week) between “go by the store to see what they have” and “arrange for pickup and decide you really want it”, and by the time I got back, they were all sold out.
This time around, we swung by the store on Tuesday, and they had three of these safes in the back and the one on the floor. When I went back on Thursday, one in the back had disappeared, the other two were sold and just not transported to their new homes yet, and I ended up buying the floor model, which had been out on the floor for less than a week.
One of the favorite canards of anti-rights cultists is that the number of firearm-owning Americans is steadily decreasing every year; obviously, based on the available evidence, that theory is complete and total hogwash, but those cultists are getting desperate. In any case, incidents like this adequately demonstrate, on a personal level, just how many Americans are buying guns.
Safes are generally not the first, second, or even third major firearm-related purchase firearm owners make, nor do they exactly ever wear out. They are, by design, durable goods, and they would only be flying off the shelves (inasmuch as a 500-pound brick can fly) because either (a) people have overloaded their current storage capacity, or (2) people have things they suddenly need to store. Given the type of safe I am talking about, it is significantly more likely that the latter is the case, in my specific instance.
But looking even farther abroad, the firearm department of our Academy store was starting to verge on appearing “bare”, especially in regards to handguns, and every firing lane at Coal Creek Armory was in use the last time I was there… at 1000 on a Friday morning. The proprietors of that establishment admitted they cannot keep Glocks in stock, and it is getting to the point where they simply cannot find inventory for what people want anywhere.
Just like the tools they peaceably, lawfully use or carry nearly every day without incident, firearm owners are here to stay, and their numbers are increasing every day; stamping your feet and lying about the numbers will only result in people taking you less seriously, which is something the “gun control” extremists can ill afford these days.
(* – Yes, I know that is a pretty low-end safe, and I also already know it is smaller than we will eventually need – it is what we can afford for now, and it will eventually make a great bedroom safe to supplement the main one elsewhere.)