More thoughts on whether we are seeing a cultural shift
A cultural shift, and not just fear of a new Administration (which by now is over a year old). Here's Ruger Arms' report to its shareholders. 2009 earnings per share trebled, and first quarter of 2010 beats first quarter of 2009 (i.e., the quarter following the election). They report the post-election surge for rifles only lasted thru the first half of 2009. While shotguns remained weak, self-defense type handguns have led the rest of the increase and have stayed strong.