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 10:03AM
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“This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future.” —Adolf Hitler, 1935

Oct 24, 2012 10:02AM
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The people who really rule America know that guns are like a baby's pacifier:  its something to keep you feeling safe and secure while the real powers regroup to steal your rights, property and your life.

 

Yes, there was a time when having a gun meant you could resist tyranny.  But, in a world run by bankers and brokers, aided by crooked bureaucrats and donation-eager politicans, your rights and property are eroded by the legal system.

 

The insanely-rich can buy legislation that concentrates the economic power of the nation in their hands.  That legislation is influenced (at least) and outright bought by political donations.  Thus, the wealthy over time get laws that favor their rights at the expense of everyone else.

 

Unfortunately, guns are no use against this kind of crime.  The defense of society depends on people voting like their rights, property and lives depend on it.

 

What I can not fathom is how after four years of President Obama basically ignoring gun laws the gun lobby can claim that he is anti-gun.  If he WAS anti-gun, we would have seen some effort by his administration to limit sales of assault rifles and full-automatics machine pistols. 

 

I mean, no one ever hunts with a "Street-sweeper" do they?  If the NRA was responsible, they would draw a clear line between hunting weapons and people-killing machines.  Who is running that operation, anyway?  Instead of learning what menbers want, they tell members what to think and even how to vote.

 

Thank you to the pro-gun lobby for keeping this conversation meaningful and polite; we all have to live together in the world of tomorrow.

Oct 24, 2012 10:01AM
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The  Government wants Socialism and Control  People like Bloomberg and Hillary want to force their Ideas upon the massses..  TAKE AWAY THEIR ABILITY TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND LEGQLIZE DRUGS AND LOWER MORALITY......Just like Hitler and Stalin did...
Oct 24, 2012 9:57AM
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"guns don't kill people, people kill people"  if you don't have a gun to protect your self "when someone break s in to your home" you are dead ,today they just don't money, they will kill you just for the hellllll of it. people just dont have respect anymore.it s to bad it has to be this way .but a eye for a eye .is the way i see it.
Oct 24, 2012 9:57AM
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Wow, looks a little twisted Kim Peterson needs to at least put the truth on the table or just not say anything. Fact our pres. stated publicly he is in favor of reinstating the gun ban, remember??? MSN go figure.....
Oct 24, 2012 9:56AM
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What a terrible disservice and deception the media presents when they blur the distinction between gun control and gun rights advocates.  Many gun rights advocates believe in the right to keep and bear arms, and ALSO believe in the need to control (prohibit) .50 caliber machine guns mounted in the back of every pickup.  Sadly, under the term of "common sense," some people would not be satisfied unless they can control guns out of existence (not remotely possible, as anyone with information from a computer, some common household supplies and tools already in their garage could easily  build a working gun if they wanted to have one).  Or, if not wanting to build one would always be able to buy a black market gun provided by Operation Fast & Furious - or some other illegal source.
Oct 24, 2012 9:55AM
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Honestly, I Believe the zompocolyspe will happen, I'm gonna learn how to drive an m1a1 abrams before that time, I'm also going to teach to use guns  BE READY FOR IT!

Oct 24, 2012 9:55AM
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Gun Control:   The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped ans strangled with her own pantyhose is somehow morally superior to  woman explaining to police how her attacker got  that fatal bullet wound.

Guns save lives, when seconds count and the police are minutes away..

Get educated, get trained and refuse to be a victim.  

Remove via the ballot box ALL politicians that wish to take away ANY of your rights INCLUDING the Second Amendment.

Oct 24, 2012 9:46AM
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You just can't go wrong in owning FIREARMS.  They are a great investment and almost never loose their value.  If the worst things happen, you have protection and they become as valuable as GOLD.

Oct 24, 2012 9:45AM
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What will be done with the 500 million unregistered gun out there?
Oct 24, 2012 9:45AM
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anybody who is saying the pres will ban assault weapons has no previous history on this and is making a baseless accusation. Americans can buy all the guns they want, I have several and won't give them up no matter what the legislation talk is out there. Plus NRA is all over this issue and has had a tight grip on the lobby side anyways.
Oct 24, 2012 9:44AM
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This is just a natural reaction to a $16,200,000,000,000 federal debt, gold at $1,800 and ounce, gas at $4 a gallon, and President Obama in the White House.   If Obama is willing to let Al Qaeda and his friendly Muslim Brotherhood kill our ambassador, and then lie about it for 7 weeks, it seems logical to me that Americans want the ability to protect ourselves.
Oct 24, 2012 9:44AM
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There are no guns in serving time in prison.

Oct 24, 2012 9:43AM
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These gun control laws may not come from the US government directly. We all need to be aware of what is going on with the UN and it's 
“Small Arms Treaty” and “International Small Arms Control Standards.” Hillary has been very busy with her work with the UN and from what I understand these treaties can be enacted here at home via the ever popular Executive Order. Our senate will not get the chance to vote on it.

Look into it.
Oct 24, 2012 9:42AM
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Total loser the reason criminals are not convicted is because the DA office pleads down the firearm violation ENFORCE THE LAWS
Oct 24, 2012 9:42AM
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People forget that the meaning of words sometime change over time. In the 30s-40s, to be a square meant you where fair and honest. By the 50s, it meant you where boring and old-fashioned.

 

"A well regulated militia" Militia is greek for "Citizen Soldier". "Regulated", to regulate a rifle meant to "sight it in" at a predetermined distance (normaly a 100 paces or abut 100 yards). To regulate the militia (people) meant to teach them marksmanship! The first line of the Second Amendment could read "The able-bodied males of this country, being proficient in marksmanship" Make more sense, doesn't it. And for those who think they meant the National Guard? The Militia act of 1792 says that the militia is not to be used OUT SIDE of the U.S. unless they are chasing a foreign invader across the border.

Oct 24, 2012 9:41AM
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Because of Obama driving our economy to collapse Police departments have laid off and are minimally staffed. I have heard excuses that the Feds are working more closely with local police departments to solve crimes so cities do not need as many police officers, which is totally stupid as what good does that do the citizen after some drug addled idiot has already broke into his home and murdered him?

 

We do need to be allowed to carry guns at will after showing we are not felons or violently inclined psycho. It is idiotic to not allow citizens to carry guns when the bad guys have all kinds of them and willing to kill us and our kids on the street.

 

I was offered a good paying job in Chicago many years ago but because of their gun laws I did not take it. There is far too much crime in big cities like Chicago, New York and LA where senseless / brainless socialist democrats rule from their million dollar homes in gated communities.

Oct 24, 2012 9:37AM
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SOMEONE  Obama voting record is proof of where he stands on the firearms issue. His appointment of the most liberal justices and there vote on McDonald Vs Washington DC Is more proof of where this is going if he gets another 4 years with know consequence of his actions.
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. 
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