The ominous picture is much larger than private firearms ownership in our nation. The biggest and most dangerous threat is the significant move towards socialism that has taken place over the last nearly four years and that will no doubt continue under this man's second term. Couple this with the deliberate creation of a permanent entitlement class, begun in the 1930's and accelerated in the 1960's, and one will quickly see that future national elections are going to be very difficult for any conservative or constitutionalist candidates. We have moved so far away from the Original Intent that there are now significant numbers of "Americans" who view anyone who holds the Founders and the Original Intent in reverence to be somewhat weird and politically out of touch. This just opens the door wider for all manner of evil to be done in our land.
It is quite possible that in the rather near future, say within ten years, that the only remedy left will be secession. As wild as that may seem, keep in mind that the percentage of people who are the takers of wealth is getting pretty close to that of the creators of wealth. Staying on this path leads only to the destruction of our once great nation. Wealth creators will seek avenues to protect their wealth or will simply drop out and let the country boil in its own morass. In any case, it is not a pretty picture of a glowing future for the United States. Incidentally by wealth creators, I do not mean only the rich or wealthy. This class includes entrepreneurs, business owners, upper professionals (think doctors, etc.), investors... you get the picture. Those who create wealth for not only themselves but others as well. Remove the incentive for them to succeed and you remove the fruits of their labors.
So this election is far more than what it might seem on the surface. Yes, firearms ownership is in danger. But that is largely a state issue in many areas so the feds' hands are tied to a degree. For example, the federal government could not ban concealed carry because it is not them who issues permits to do this. And even if they did, most states recognize open carry so just do that. You're not going to see moves against carrying arms at the federal level. More insidious would be bans on certain semi-automatic rifles (what they like to call "assault weapons"), magazines with more than 10-round capacity, and certain types of handguns. This is what was done in 1994 and I suspect we'll see serious moves in this direction again. As for UN gun bans, I don't see that taking place here.... yet. Perhaps some years down the road, but not yet.
The economy is not going to do well mostly because business' confidence in the market and their willingness to make long-term and extensive capital investments is not there. So look forward to continued problems in the economy and the market for the next four years. Couple this with Obamacare kicking in in 2014 and then making moves towards single payer status and you can bet the pool of doctors will recede as the number of patients increases. Not good at all. The end result of this will be massive intrusion into every aspect of out lives under the guise of the common good, along with entitlements approaching 90% of the federal budget and where is the money going to come from for military expenses... among other non-entitlement budget items? It's going to be a mess.
One of our Founders said that when the people find out that they can vote themselves largess from the treasury, then that will be the end of the nation. What we may very well be witnessing here is this very thing.