Thursday, January 3, 2013

National Review Online's The Corner

"Why Panic Gun Buying Is a Bad Thing" by yours truly.


  1. I find the conclusion, especially coming from you, disappointing. Ignoring that it gives our enemies ammunition (and plenty hang out on NRO), it's ignoring how many of these new gun owners will end up saving lives because they own one, especially if they get concealed carry licenses, which are moving briskly from reports.

    Back in 1989 and 1994 there weren't hardly as many states that allowed concealed carry, which should temper such comparisons.

  2. I don't doubt that there will be some net gain -- but making gun control advocates feel guilty about encouraging people to buy guns is always a win. And there are people who really are being encouraged to buy guns by this who might, in a calmer environment, realize that it is a mistake FOR THEM.

  3. You got some weird trolls there, Clayton.

  4. No doubt there are many buying guns because they fear something they want to own will become unavailable in the future and ironically in so doing they have certainly made it unavailable for likely months or years even if a gun ban law isn't passed by buying everything up.

    There are many things I would like to own but the bad economy has left me with the only way to buy something by taking money out of retirement twenty years early.

    What I would like to know is how many are buying not for themselves but as a speculative investment. I am convinced there are a large number who are doing this. That is buying stuff to resell at the highly inflated prices for a profit rather than because of being gun "nuts" or being passionate about their second amendment rights. I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't at least 50% but of course there is no way of knowing for sure.

    Am I the only one is who is now frustrated that I can't find things I would like to own or if I can find it the prices have inflated out of my reach?

    I have to think the gun grabbers are either owners of stock in gun manufacturers (we know pro Democrat Union pension funds are often so invested) or own stock in gun retailers so are making a killing from the increase in gun sales (bad pun intended). Surely they know this also makes stuff hard to find and inflates the prices out of the reach of many. Perhaps that is their grand master plan....

    I wonder how many have now maxed out their credit cards on gun purchases---those AR's aren't cheap! And will now be making payments for a long time unless of course they can flip 'em for a profit.