Has anyone read this month’s The Economist, you know, that wick’d smaht magazine for wick’d smaht people? This issue:
I like this magazine, but what I want to call your attention to is this particular article in this month’s issue:
“Arms and the man” – read it by clicking on the link. The article speaks about the NRA being under political pressure despite a seemingly string of political victories. I’d recommend reading the article if you’re interested in the NRA piece (and it is interesting), because I’m not going to rehash the article here, I’m going to build off it, particularly this quote:
Americans like firearms. According to a report from the Congressional Research Service there were 294m guns in the country in 2007, up from 192m in 1994. More guns might be expected to mean more influence for the NRA, except that the number of households with guns has actually declined fairly consistently since 1973. The people who buy guns, it seems, are usually those who already own them.
I read articles all the time about gun sales going up and always thought that a healthy percentage of those sales were to people new to firearms, but after reading the above, I started thinking about the gun buyers I know. They all already own guns, and they buy more. Military-style firearms are particularly sought after, which begs the question – are today’s gun buyers just existing gun owners with an itch to “pull the trigger” on more powerful, amped up firearms?
It wasn’t more than a few days after reading The Economist article that I read another piece in a Maine newspaper, Silencers Gaining Popularity Among Maine Guy Users. That article is equally interesting and cites the reasons for an increased number of silencer purchases as increased urbanization. I suspect that may be in true in part, but my gut tells me something else – gun owners are tricking out their guns, making them guns on roids, and having fun doing it. Is that good? Bad? Indifferent?
But wait – there’s more! I also read an FFL friend’s newsletter from Brownells that states:
One of the really big happenings in our industry right now is that the ammo for the very popular calibers − .223, .40, 9mm, .38 and .380 – is becoming more and more scarce. Lead times from the factories are extending out to 3rd and 4th quarter, even into 1st quarter 2013, and the “pipeline” from the factory to the retail store is drying up. What this means is every person who is interested in having these calibers to shoot over the summer appears to be buying as much as possible right now, when they can find it, for fear it will not be available or prices will increase to the point of being ludicrous. Our guys who attended the recent Tulsa Gun Show told us pallets of .223 ammo were disappearing within a day. This bump looks like it will be just like, if not greater than, the 2008 ammunition bump. We also get reports that it is very hard to have AR-15 rifles in stock and the smaller conceal carry firearms are moving in huge volumes this first quarter. We expect that pattern to continue throughout the summer if not all the way to the end of the year.
The source may be considered biased, so take it for what it’s worth, but I don’t suspect it’s far from the truth. I think The Economist is right, most gun purchases are coming from existing gun owners and those owners are just buying more and more, and more and more military-style firearms with more and more ammo.
What does that mean politically for the future of firearms if there are not more pro-firearm voters, just more energized pro-firearms voters that already vote anyway?
What does that mean from a prepper perspective if there aren’t more people with firearms, but the same people with more firearms?
Maybe all of this means nothing, but it seems like the gun industry, gun buyers, and the future of gun ownership is all in a state of flux and uncertainty.
- Ranger Man
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