Why gun sales are booming

Fears of crime, a potential crackdown on gun owners, a social collapse and even zombies have Americans loading up as never before. Here's why gun sales -- and gun stocks -- have taken off.

Story by Kim Peterson, MSN Money; Graphics by Ryan Jeffrey Smith for MSN Money

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Oct 24, 2012 9:35AM
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I love guns and I'm a liberal- I see the debate as to where we draw lines.  Most gun advocates would probably agree that private tanks and warplanes are a bad idea.  Others may draw the line somewhere between a street sweeper and a 50 cal machine gun.  
Oct 24, 2012 9:34AM
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The only reason I have a couple of guns is to protect me from NRA members. I was a member briefly, and the propaganda this group puts out is deceitful at best. 
Oct 24, 2012 9:33AM
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The second amendment was put in place for the following:
deterring tyrannical government;
repelling invasion;
suppressing insurrection;
facilitating a natural right of self-defense;
participating in law enforcement;
enabling the people to organize a militia system.

Obama comes out and says this:

        "And we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation -- that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage," he said."
 

The right to bear arms has little to do with hunting and everything to do about making sure somebody like Obama doesn't try to seize more power.
Oct 24, 2012 9:33AM
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Has any of those 700,000 denials resulted in prosecutions? I see that as proof gun laws don`t work!
Oct 24, 2012 9:31AM
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"0 YESS" Give Obama a second term and you will see that he and the Clintons and many more will try to reveive us of our rights to own our guns, and or put put the UN regulations on us!!!!

Oct 24, 2012 9:24AM
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<<<Victim of the Government...Just like the war on drugs, The Government should just accept defeat but it will never happen. This is not about taking the guns away from the innocent, this is all about "MONEY".. how much treatment will be for gunshot victims to recover, how much taxes we will pay to cover recovery..but what they dont see is how much will it cost if a woman who has had her gun taking away and raped by an aids victim...would be alot cheaper to put a bullet in her attacker wouldnt you say WASHINGTON?..

 

Dont deprive AMERICANS of our guns, then ****rt will go off and say "America is an easy target!!!..fukn idiots

Oct 24, 2012 9:22AM
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Massive Gun and Ammo sales are a direct result of the efforts to globalize the United States, destroy its borders and its constitution, and form a North American Union...
Oct 24, 2012 9:21AM
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What is funny to me is all the idiots on here still crying about how the president is taking their guns away from them. Please get out of your tunnel vision and read what the article is trying to say. "

There are many reasons that our unique love affair with guns is growing stronger. One widely held belief is that President Barack Obama's election -- and potential re-election -- spurred fears that he will crack down on gun ownership, SOMETHING HE HASN'T DONE THUS FAR."  Whereas Mittens sits there and switches his positions on the topic of banning guns, but people still support him? Seems like a lot of hate (for some odd reason) towards a president who has not taken away guns from anyone, but allowed them to be carried more places. It's unfortunate people like

 and   (all who like those coments also) will continue to share their uneducated opinion online...
Oct 24, 2012 9:17AM
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It may be a 50/50 split when it comes to favoring gun control, but let the SHTF and see where the 50% favoring turn and run to.  Remeber, "Fear the government that fears your gun".
Oct 24, 2012 9:09AM
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When it comes to anything a marxist type wants to achieve politically it is done incrementally and covertly..It's in their operations manual..Fast and furious was a perfect example of this..Take heed Freedom Lovers as this stuff, (underhanded malarkey) has been and will be on the menu if Obama gets 4 more years..Voting a straight Republican ticket will put an end to it. They are the Lessor of 2

Evils...

Oct 24, 2012 9:07AM
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Like other rewards in our society, one should have to qualify as an A+ citizen to legally own a gun.
And the laws should make it nearly impossible to legally or illegally obtain one unless a person is a model citizen. That would change attitudes in society and most folks would keep a 'clean nose' to be awarded this opportunity. 
Oct 24, 2012 9:07AM
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Elect Romney and the gun buying will subside.

Oct 24, 2012 9:04AM
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Give me a break, Politicians don't have the guts to go house to house and collect guns and Americans don't have the guts to revolt.

Everyone should just calm down and focus on getting America more competitive in the new global economy: Buying American (guns or not, ) Tort reform, turning in medical & social security fradusters.

 

Oct 24, 2012 9:04AM
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Why are we buying more guns? Cuz we can!  Plus i have more money to spend on the things I want to buy. As I get older I have less debt and more to spend, no thanks to obongo.
Oct 24, 2012 9:03AM
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Wow my first comment shows just how stupid you right wingers are lol  Look at all of your comments about the President taking away your guns just like the first election when he made ZERO changes to gun control.  Just how stupid are you people really?  I mean thanks for proving it but the reality is just plain sad.
Oct 24, 2012 9:01AM
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To say that obama has not interfered with our goun ownership rights is stretching the truth just a bit. His secretary of state, hillary clinton, has been instrumental in the un's small arms treaty banning the sale of small arms. Last time I looked the secretary of state worked for the president. she is obamas pit bull when it comes to firearms. and lets not forget the attorney general who also works for the president and what he did with fast and furious.

Keep this in mind -

Democrats + liberal/socialist/communist = obama

Republicans = Constitutional Republic

I need to go out and buy more ammo.

Oct 24, 2012 9:00AM
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Right wingers are idiots thats why!  After the President was elected in 2008 ammunition was almost impossible to find and then when you could find it they jacked the price way up.  So what gun resitrictions were put in place by this new administration?  NONE!!!  Right wingers ran up the cost of ammo because they are just plain stupid!
Oct 24, 2012 9:00AM
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just take a look at CROOK (cook) county's proposal to add a tax to firearm and ammo sales to help patch up inner city gan&bangers so they can murder again along with the fear of obama being a lame duck liberal president if he wins reelection.at least in my neck of the woods that is definetly driving sales up.
Oct 24, 2012 8:59AM
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I love this forum.  Every time guns (religion, politics, defense--you name it) are mentioned, the racists come out in force.  Look at the dimwits below; one says Obamaville, another says Obummer--you get the picture. 

 

But it must be hard to write in wearing a white hood with eye holes small enough to hide your identity.  How do you guys do it?

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