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  •  looks like the ammo shortage is over... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... or is it?

    A couple of years ago (right about the time Obama was being sworn in), a lot of people, including some rural friends of mine, were complaining that it was getting darn near impossible to find ammo.  

    Apparently a lot of racists and wingnuts were buying up the supply and causing a shortage.  This was impacting everyone who has legitimate need for it, such as for putting food on the table.  

    On one hand it's a good thing if the shortage is over, because that means the wingnuts have stopped stocking up.

    On the other hand, the wingnuts still have their stockpiles.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 04:24:05 PM PDT

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    •  There will be another shortage. (0+ / 0-)

      Every time there's a mass killing, people buy up the guns used in the mass killing, high capacity mags, and ammunition.

      •  really? that's nuts. (0+ / 0-)

        The only rationale for buying the same type of weapon that was just used in a notorious case, is something along the lines of "dammit, I've wanted one of these for years and now they're going to be pulled out of circulation, I'd better get one now!"

        Otherwise there are a lot of sick bastards out there who secretly admire the psycho-killers.

        Really: aside from collectors and history buffs, the average person looking for firearms ought to make their selection based on an assessment of their own actual needs.   Hunting?  What kind?,  Rural defense against predatory animals?  What kind?,  Rural defense of farm animals?  What kind and what predators?  Urban home defense?  How does it fit into a defense-in-depth scenario including good locks, strong doors, alarm system, etc.?  

        These are ultimately technical questions with convergent answers, and variations based on the individual's skills and "user interface" conditions (e.g. the coordination and strength of each hand), and local ammo supply (like everything else, "buy local"!).  

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:30:15 PM PDT

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        •  Your first block is most of it. (1+ / 0-)
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          The other part is speculation. There will be a shortage of those firearms and accessories and so people buy them up to help create the shortage, then sell at a profit.

          •  just like the collectors' market in most things. (0+ / 0-)

            Special editions, limited editions, speculative shortages, and inflated prices.  All of which shouldn't be surprising.

            Ebay made its fortune on the collectors' craze for Beanie Babies.  Remember them?   There is probably still a big section of Ebay devoted to them.  

            "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

            by G2geek on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 08:59:17 PM PDT

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        •  They are afraid of the laws changing, so they (1+ / 0-)
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          buy what they can and aim on getting their stash grandfathered in.

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