If owning an assault rifle is not important to most Americans, why is there now

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  1. flacoinohio profile image78
    flacoinohioposted 10 years ago

    If owning an assault rifle is not important to most Americans, why is there now a retail shortage?

    With the impending possibility of a ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines, assault rifle sales have gone through the roof in the past few weeks.  If there are so many people out there that are against owning such a weapon, why have sales of these weapons dramatically increased?  There are now thousands of assault rifles in the hands of people who bought one, not because they truly want one, but because they fear that soon they will not be able to buy one.  In addition to this rush to buy arms, now there is the issue of unregistered gun sales by people looking to profit from a ban.

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    JThomp42posted 10 years ago

    You are listening too much to the news media. There are just as many people who want weapons to protect their families and loved ones as there are those who want them banned. The surge in sales in the United States is proof of this. Happy New Year!

    1. flacoinohio profile image78
      flacoinohioposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Can you better explain the media statement.  I have been to four gun stores in my area, every one of them has sold out of every rifle that is on the proposed ban list as well as the ammunition to go with them.

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      JThomp42posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      The mainstream media is liberal of course and want everyone to believe that the Country as a whole wants these guns banned. Which is just not the case my friend.

    3. Express10 profile image84
      Express10posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I hope that there are no changes to laws that affect law abiding gun owners. The shortage and the rush to get background checks is proof that most people want guns of all types and don't want them taken away.

  3. dashingscorpio profile image85
    dashingscorpioposted 10 years ago

    It's unlikely that this rush to buy assault weapons is coming from people that (never owned a gun) to begin with. Odds are very likely the people that are looking to stockpile them (already own) one or two.
    The same thing could be said about the Twinkie sale increase once Hostess decided they were shutting their doors. If you never cared for Twinkies in the first place you most likely did not run out to buy boxes of them. One man's opinion! :-)

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    ahorsebackposted 10 years ago

    I am a gun nut ,I  have been for years , the answer to this is supply and demand !  Have an abundance of product and no demand , the price drops , have a shortage of product and a high or threatened supply line . It rises . If you have noticed in the last few years ,corporate America has figured out that the less they have "on the shelf " the higher the price they can get for it !  And they do it day after day , tires , cars , dresses , shoes , whatever , they are marketing and profiteering !

  5. Express10 profile image84
    Express10posted 10 years ago

    Many people want to have at least one or two to stow away even if they are not grandfathered or are confiscated as many fear. Others know there is a market to make serious money with them and are literally spending every last dime stocking up on them in hopes of selling for an outrageous profit even if they are banned. Of course, you could have made some serious money off the stock, just look at Sturm Ruger's (RGR) stock since the elections til now smile

    1. dashingscorpio profile image85
      dashingscorpioposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Excellent point regarding stock piling guns to make some serious money once they are no longer available. Also worth noting whenever something is (outlawed) it creates a profitable "black market" for would be gangsters.

    2. Express10 profile image84
      Express10posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I don't understand why lawmakers don't see the coming black market. If they can't keep guns out of criminals' and crazies' hands now, how will they do it with the addition of the more laws to the current 20,000+ ?

  6. Sherry Hewins profile image92
    Sherry Hewinsposted 10 years ago

    I think people are just trying to get them now, because they are afraid it's their last chance. Many people have fears about what may happen in the future and think they might need this type of weapon to protect themselves and their loved ones someday. Very few who buy those guns are planning on using them for criminal activity.

    Plenty of people are very vocal in their criticism of this type of gun. Those who want them don't necessarily speak about it publicly because they don't want it generally known that they have them. People who feel that they need that type of gun are not a majority of the population, but there are enough of them to impact the market.


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