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More Guns Less Crime Experts Baffled

Can the US live in peace with its guns? | Chris Ayres - Times Online
The truth is that it's hard to envisage a scenario in which the benefits of owning a gun for the sake of self-defence outnumber the pitfalls...
...all over the country (Americans) are stocking up on as many pistols, rifles, and shotguns as possible before the Obama Administration bans or taxes them.According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the FBI carried out more than 4.2 million background checks on behalf of gundealers from November to January (a check is required with every sale), up 31 per cent on the same period in the previous year.Interestingly, however, violent crime rates have at the same time been falling in Los Angeles, New York and other big American cities The experts are at loss as to explain why this should be happening.

Good job I'm not an expert as I have an idea as to why....


Hopeychangey prevents crime? Who knew?

A friend in Texas informs me that he has been unable to stock up on ammo for the last few days as everywhere is sold out. At least Obama is stimulating one part of the economy.

David, it's worse than that.

Went to an Evil Loophole Gun Show a couple of weeks ago (as part of the Texas State Rifle Association Convention), and noted the following:

1. An ammo seller was limiting customers to 200 rounds of .223 (AR-15 ammo) per individual, even though he'd had offers to buy his entire stock thereof by a couple of people. (He had over 300,000 rounds of .223 on display.)

2. He had NO 7.62x39mm (AK ammo) available, other than expensive boxed stuff from Winchester and Remington.

3. He told me that last month, he'd bought a pallet of "39" (250,000 rounds) from a distributor who had three such pallets handy, and when he decided to buy another, about an hour later, the other two pallets had gone.

4. One dealer was out of 12-gauge ammo, and when asked why, he replied that 12-gauge ammo might sit on the shelves for weeks or months, whereas he could buy .223 and 7.62x39 and sell it out in days.

5. I saw about a dozen people walking around with AR-15s they'd just bought. About twenty more people were carrying anonymous brown boxes so I couldn't tell what they were -- but it's not hunting season right now.

6. If dealers were not being so greedy (I saw cheap 'n nasty SKS rifles, normally $150 or so, now on sale for over $400), they'd sell every single semi-auto rifle they had.

7. One of the dealers who specializes in high-dollar precision sniper rifles, who normally sells about one gun per show, told me that he'd sold two that morning already (it was just after midday), and had three more people "interested".

8. Overall, I can only describe the mood of the show as "grim". Not much of the usual laughter and banter. People were silently waiting in line to buy ammo, and looking at the guns (especially the battle rifles) with purpose rather than the "oh, cool" attitude you normally see. I've been to scores of gun shows over the years, and I've never seen anything like it.

Note: this was a small gun show that was more or less "civilized" (under the TSRA banner and all that), and I didn't see any of the normal dealers who specialize in combat rifles.

I didn't buy any ammo -- I have plenty, thanks to National Ammo Day last year -- but I have to tell you, I am really loving this. Lots of people were saying things like "Obama is Winchester's best salesman" and "They could take ALL my guns, and I'd still have a few they don't know about."

Ammos have been harder to find these days! What is happening???

I bet Big Town will be packed on Saturday, Kim :)

Prices are indeed ridiculous.

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