You’ve probably heard of the Streisand effect. That’s the phenomenon where trying to suppress information (or a product) results in more interest in that information or product. In my personal life I first encountered it in its reverse form around age 10 or 11 when the Old Man brought home a pack of cigarettes, had me and my brother take a few puffs, and announced that if we liked it he’d buy them for us and let us smoke at home. I’ve never had urge to smoke.
During last week’s Democrat debate, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke announced that he was 100% going to confiscated all semi-automatic rifles.
Hell yeah, we're going to take your AR-15. If it's a weapon that was designed to kill people on the battlefield, we're going to buy it back. pic.twitter.com/cCEWkG6y0X
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 13, 2019
(Bonchie has all the details in Beto O’Rourke Is Coming For Your Fully Semi-Automatic Grenade Launcher.)
What started out as a war cry for the gun grabbers has now becoming a marketing plan for gun sellers. SisterToldjah has the epic story of a Arizona gun dealer who created a sales event based on Beto’s threat AZ Gun Store Owner Responds To Beto’s ‘Hell Yes’ By Offering ‘Beto Specials’ – And Sells Out Of AR-15s, AK-47s. People who had never considered buying a semi-automatic modern sporting rifle were suddenly buying them. (I, myself, have convinced my wife to let me blow the family food budget on a knockoff of the FN-FAL in .308-caliber to show solidarity with “muh rednecks.”)
Now Palmetto State Armory is offering a customization kit. If you own an AR-15 of its equivalent, for the low, low price of $49.99 you can convert it to the NOBETO-15.
— PalmettoStateArmory (@PalmettoArmory) September 16, 2019
Now the order page has this warning
*This is a Pre-order item. Due to unprecedented demand related to the recent political events, please expect lowers to start shipping within 8-9 weeks of order placement.*
This is not going to be the killer slogan that O’Rourke had anticipated. Many of his colleagues are angry at him for giving away the game. Middle of the road gun owners now clearly see what the end game is and the will resist. Those of us who actively support gun rights are going to follow Kurt Schilichter’s advice: “Buy guns and ammo.”