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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:01 AM

Sales of Guns Soar in U.S. as Nation Weighs Tougher Limits




As Washington focuses on what Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will propose next week to curb gun violence, gun and ammunition sales are spiking in the rest of the country as people rush to expand their arsenals in advance of any restrictions that might be imposed.

People were crowded five deep at the tiny counter of a gun shop near Atlanta, where a pastor from Knoxville, Tenn., was among the customers who showed up in person after the store’s Web site halted sales because of low inventory. Emptying gun cases and bare shelves gave a picked-over feel to gun stores in many states. High-capacity magazines, which some state and federal officials want to ban or restrict, were selling briskly across the country: one Iowa dealer said that 30-round magazines were fetching five times what they sold for just weeks ago.

Gun dealers and buyers alike said that the rapid growth in gun sales — which began climbing significantly after President Obama’s re-election and soared after the Dec. 14 shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., prompted him to call for new gun laws — shows little sign of abating.

December set a record for the criminal background checks performed before many gun purchases, a strong indication of a big increase in sales, according to an analysis of federal data by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group. Adjusting the federal data to try to weed out background checks that were unrelated to firearms sales, the group reported that 2.2 million background checks were performed last month, an increase of 58.6 percent over the same period in 2011. Some gun dealers said in interviews that they had never seen such demand.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/12/us/as-us-weighs-new-rules-sales-of-guns-and-ammunition-surge.html?pagewanted=print

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Reply Sales of Guns Soar in U.S. as Nation Weighs Tougher Limits (Original post)
spanone Jan 2013 OP
exboyfil Jan 2013 #1
believer10101 Jan 2013 #2
spanone Jan 2013 #4
LonePirate Jan 2013 #5
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2013 #6
spanone Jan 2013 #10
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2013 #13
libodem Jan 2013 #17
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2013 #18
libodem Jan 2013 #22
99Forever Jan 2013 #16
billh58 Jan 2013 #21
libodem Jan 2013 #3
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2013 #7
libodem Jan 2013 #14
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2013 #15
libodem Jan 2013 #20
cherish44 Jan 2013 #8
Robb Jan 2013 #9
Eleanors38 Jan 2013 #11
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2013 #12
marlakay Jan 2013 #19

Response to spanone (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:05 AM

1. Gun enthusiastic coworkers have seen this first hand

They were commenting on it at work (long lines, gabbing the last gun and toting it around the store etc).

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:13 AM

2. Gonna be tough

 

to confiscate 310 million guns.

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Response to believer10101 (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:28 AM

4. who wants to confiscate guns?

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Response to spanone (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:31 AM

5. I think we should start grabbing guns, even if it takes decades.

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Response to spanone (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:32 AM

6. Some here have taken that position

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:36 AM

10. i expect that on a discussion board. but seen none of it from politicians.

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Response to believer10101 (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:54 PM

13. None is taking your pea shooter

Go tell it sweet things.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:04 PM

17. Question

Do you know any progressives who claim to LOVE big Government, like the nuts are claiming. I'm sick of their bs saying we love taxes and big government. How can we start to counter such an ingrained propaganda meme?

(Just asking you because you have a brain and know how to use it). Asking you as a thinking being...

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Response to libodem (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:07 PM

18. It would help if we had the same access to media

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:18 PM

22. Say, a free press?

Around here NPR is the only alternative to the flock of am stations pushing right wing propaganda. It should be a crime to lie on the news as Faux does. And I wish for a new fairness doctrine. A counter balance so people really could make up their own minds with enough information to form an informed opinion. Not be spoon fed predigested pablum. Yuck.

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Response to believer10101 (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:59 PM

16. That isn't what's being...

... contemplated, Delicate Flower, but if it were, what precisely, beyond the simple logistics, would be "tough" about it?

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Response to believer10101 (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:12 PM

21. There's that NRA/Gungeon

bullshit talking point again. Spreading fear and inciting panic buying is so good for the gun industry, and so bad for our country. It would indeed be hard to "confiscate" 310 million guns (and no one is even proposing this), but not all that hard to REGULATE 310 million guns.

The 2nd Amendment states, "a well regulated militia," and not "a well armed militia." Deal with it...

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:25 AM

3. The industry has been in an uproar

Since Obama was elected the first time. I think it has some sort of racism at its core. Fear of the perceived 'other'. I listened to 'one' on Coast to Coast, Thursday night. I could hardly stand it but I think it is is a disservice not to have a clue how and what gun commandos are thinking. They seem heavily propagandized. He kept defending 'white Christian male, gun owners' as a persecuted class. Their enemy was described as the (get this) 'the progressive left who LOVES big government'

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Response to libodem (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:33 AM

7. The industry is making some serious money

The few that did not back off at the end of 2012 especially so.

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:55 PM

14. Capitalism wins everytime

If it is a moola maker it gets a pass. Killing machines 1000---human beans 0. Little children be damned.

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Response to libodem (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:57 PM

15. Nature and the free market abhors a vacuum

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:10 PM

20. yes it sadly does

Might makes right. When I read the, Covenant, I was struck how the colonists loved their liberty and freedom, but had no problems limiting and taking it from anyone standing in their way. So blind and selfish. God given rights my arse.

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:35 AM

8. I'm willing to be every gun store owner in America voted for Obama

They're making a fortune

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:36 AM

9. Actions speak louder than words.

Clearly the "ain't never ever gonna happen" crowd is shitting their pants.

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:44 AM

11. Most effective gun-control yet: The stores ran out!

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:50 PM

12. The suppliers are trying to solve that as fast as they can

The firearms industry slows down after Thanksgiving. Holiday inventory is already in the stores and there is a drop in demand. Right now they are all going full speed to restock the pipeline.

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:08 PM

19. We ran into NRA guy outside gun sports store

last summer. They were having some event there and we walked in to look at pool supplies. He happened to be by himself, and I walked up singing a song about obama being silly and he smiled at me. My husband said to him Obama is the best thing for you guys, I bet you want him to win again!

Since no one was around the guy actually admitted to us after husband remarked about people buying guns due to fear about Obama taking their guns away, that we were right!

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