Monday, May 25, 2009

America's Love Affair With Guns

More than 1 billion rounds sold in 1 month alone

People from nations around the world sometimes have a hard time wrapping their minds around the gun culture in the United States. One in which gun advocates scream loudly that they fear their constitutional right to bear arms will be stripped away from them with the advent of any legislation regulating guns.

They generally prevail, so much so that even candidates for office who support greater gun control usually end up backing down to declare their support for the Second Amendment. Well, they are politicians, after all, and they clearly recognize that support for maintaining guns is high in the United States. But I wonder if they realize how massive that support is?

According to the gun industry news site Ammo Land, in just a three month period, Americans bought enough guns to outfit the entire Chinese and Indian armies combined. Ammo Land sites government statistics to back up this claim.

In addition, the site reports that in the month of December, 2008 alone, Americans bought more than 1 billion rounds of ammunition.

I have many friends who are gun owners and I respect their right to bear arms. But these figures are absolutely staggering.

They also underscore the argument that many put forth that - with so many Americans owning guns - the United States would be a difficult country to invade.


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Anonymous said...

We are aware of the problem of handgun violence in this country, and we take seriously the concerns raised by the many amici who believe that prohibition of handgun ownership is a solution. The Constitution leaves the District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating that problem, including some measures regulating handguns. But the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table. These include the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home. Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.

Anonymous said...

Gary, it's like anything else, if you have a hobby, be it guns or golf, you want to get proficient at it. Back in my shooting days, I could go through an 1100 round crate of .223 ammo in two hours....of course that was more fun shooting than pure target shooting, but still.

Another thing the average city dwelling liberal (and many conservatives) do not realize is the importance of firearms in rural areas. Many small towns may only have one or two main employers, who do not pay the average worker particularly well. Without the ability to do some hunting, many rural families could not afford to put meat on the table....this is especially important in the current economic climate where states are having trouble supplying food stamps due to the overwhelming demand for them.

Lastly, the Second Amendment is not about hunting or target shooting, it's about giving people the ability to remove a tyranical government if necessary. You may want to check out some of BBE's and markinjapan's posts if you have not already done so.

Anonymous said...

With the threat of removing our guns, the ammo buying is off the charts as indicated. I have a different point of view on the ammo & I could be wrong.

Maybe the 'ammo' companies have stopped making as much ammo to drive the prices up. The scare of losing your gun rights drove the ammo/gun purchases up and the prices as well. In some cases, one must wait 3 weeks if not more, to buy ammo. If this is true, SHAME on them!

Criminals will always be able to find guns. It's a shame responsible gun owners are blamed with 'if there were no guns'.

Anonymous said...

The increase in gun and ammo sales correlates to fears in some quarters that Obama plans to take away people's firearms. I recently attended a gathering, a fishing tournament in east Texas, where an earnest young man told me that Obama intends to reclassify all but single-shot rifles as "assault weapons" and then take them all away. I had trouble listening to this nonsense with a straight face.

I think my problem with the conservative backlash--and there is a backlash, largely beneath the radar of most of the media and steadily building strength and breadth in red state America--is that it seems to be based largely on the idea that the constitution is mostly about the 2nd amendment.

Rich Banks

Boaz Frankel said...

No one is getting my guns....but you can have my water pistol

Anonymous said...

"Lastly, the Second Amendment is not about hunting or target shooting, it's about giving people the ability to remove a tyranical government if necessary."

Really? If I play this scenario out in my head, I just can't see it...ever....not in this day and age...not from any direction.

This whole topic always makes me shake my head. But then I am Canadian. Maybe we have more faith in democracy or maybe we are the deluded ones. Regardless, we and the rest of the Western world seems quite comfortable with the ability to maintain a sane government without arming citizens to the teeth should some tyrant gain power.

*walks away shaking head*

JK Brady

Anonymous said...

JK, you can't imagine the scenario because you are probably a nice, typically compassionate female that simply cannot imagine the level of evil that is out there. Our (America's) founding fathers could imagine it and made preparations for that eventuality in the form of the Second Amendment.

I can also make the argument that many western governments are far from sane. One has only to look at the abuses of the past eight years and the continuation and escalation of those policies into the new administration to be concerned.

WorthyOfUrAttn said...

I don't own a gun and I'm certainly not comfortable with the fact that if I ever did desire to own a gun for emotional safety or physical protection, that right would be restricted of me. To even suggest taking away gun rights tells me there is a hidden agenda that is lying within our Government. First you take away gun rights in America and for what purpose???? Don't get me started.

Anonymous said...

Without the 2nd amendment right we would have no other rights.

So I guess the constitution is about the 2nd amendment.

jannhere said...

Boaz my potato gun will out shoot your water gun.