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People Aren't Buying Guns


Coming off a year of record sales, the gun market is cooling off. And overeager gunmakers are still struggling to dial down their expectations.
In the recent quarter, Smith & Wesson sales dropped 23 percent, to $131.9 million, and profit plunged 45 percent, to $14.6 million, according to a report late yesterday. Long guns and “modern sporting rifles,” in particular, lost favor among shooters, but handguns cooled off as well. Smith & Wesson shares slumped almost 15 percent on the news.

The problem, according to both companies, is too many guns. Executives are grousing about “high inventory,” stubborn retail partners, and a glut of guns in such stores as Cabela’s. They are less eager to acknowledge that high inventory in any business comes from only two places: low demand and/or too much supply.

What the industry really needs is a few lawmakers advocating a gun-control bill. That’s what pushed the gun business to record highs last year in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings. Those fears, however, have largely abated, and gun sales have gone with them. Even reports of ammunition shortages are dying off.

It's Women's Equality (Suffrage) Day


Rand Paul does the Militarized White Privilege bucket challenge (VIDEO)

A Rand Paul nomination could be a diaper changer

There will be lots of whining and crying but there will still be a spanking* just like in the last two elections.

*this in no way condones or suggests the use of corporal punishments. Please see the American Academy of Pediatricians advisements.

Last night .... on Fox News

We watch Fox so you don't have to

Love this site.

Dear NRA, Would Officer Wilson fit in the "good guy with a gun" category?

Or does the other guy have to have a gun?
What if the other guy was, literally, just walking down the street?

Hadn't heard from you in a while and wanted to check your background on this.

The rest of us

SENATOR Tim Kaine - got him elected twice


A Friday DU appreciation thread .... for DU

Having been a DU member for quite some time I have found DU to be such a fantastic source for facts and BS detection on specific issues and news items. The two that come immediately to mind were the run up to the war on Iraq and Terry Schiavo (the story that never was according to the media as soon as it went up in smoke on them) where DU members provided background, research, and critical thinking that supplied us with what would soon become the final news in the face of a landslide lies. The right wing hoaxes of the Obama administration do not yet all have a finished scripts but I think we already have the information that will make up those stories.

The last two weeks following the murder of Michael Brown is another great example of what DU delivers.

Thank you DU and all DU members.

McDonnell trial - "chaos", Romney, -- no longer living with his wife

RICHMOND - Bob McDonnell essentially put his marriage on hold while he was in the governor's office, finding himself unable to deal with the first lady's demands as the private side of her office descended into chaos, the former governor testified this morning.

The time pressures of running for governor, then being governor, along with extra duties McDonnell took on as the head of the Republican Governors Associations and one of Mitt Romney's early presidential supporters, took precedent over his personal life in late 2011 and early 2012, he testified. Most of the conversations he had with his wife at this time were simply about logistics, he said.


According to NBC's Rachel DePompa, McDonnell testified that he is no longer living with his wife and has instead been staying with his pastor.


The Ferguson PD's standard footwear must be clown shoe loafers

because I haven't seen one of them yet who looks like they could handle tying a shoelace on a daily basis, let alone two.
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