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Barack Obama, World’s Greatest Gun Salesman

Stunning statistics suggest he has done as much to increase private gun ownership as anyone in U.S. history. More:  Tyrant: Cuomo Threatens to Remove Sheriffs If They Publicly Oppose His Gun Law

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Bob Owens

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May 24, 2013 - 12:00 am
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The United States is the most heavily armed nation in world history, and it seems we have President Barack Obama to thank for it.

Before you ask: we’re not talking about the U.S. military, we’re talking about the firearms owned by the general population. The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) estimates that there are roughly 300 million firearms in the United States — and of those, nearly 40 million new firearms have been sold just since Barack Obama came into office in 2009.

This is a staggering jump of more than 15 percent in just over four years, in a nation 237 years old.

Other estimates put the number of firearms in this nation much higher, such as the 310 million figure cited by the Congressional Research Service. An estimated 10 million firearms now enter the domestic market each year, and the majority of them are semi-automatics designed for personal defense.

To put these forty million new guns sold (along with up to 30 million used guns sold) in just over four years into context: the M1 Garand — the primary rifle of the U.S. military through the full mobilization of the country during World War II and the Korean War — saw just 6.25 million produced in its 21-year production run from 1936-1957.

Under Obama, Americans have purchased nearly seven times that number of new firearms — in just over four years.

The current standing military of the United States, including National Guard, Air National Guard, and Reserve units, is approximately 2.2 million servicemen. Citizens have purchased enough new firearms since 2009 to equip every member of the military 18 times. Of those arms purchased, the overwhelming majority aren’t sporting arms (like Vice President Joe Biden’s recommendation of an archaic double-barrel shotgun). As I noted in December, people are buying very specific arms designed for very specific purposes:

Manufacturers were running full-bore, but couldn’t come close to keeping up with market demand. It wasn’t just the AR-15s, the AK-pattern rifles, the M1As, and the FALs that were sold out. It really hit me when I realized that the World War-era M1 Garands, M1 carbines, and Enfield .303s were gone, along with every last shell. Ubiquitous Mosin-Nagants — of which every gun store always seems to have 10-20 — were gone. So was their ammo. Only a dust free space marked their passing. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Every weapon of military utility designed within the past 100+ years was gone …

Rifles and pistols of military utility were the first to sell out, and are still in the highest demand.

On top of the number of (mostly non-sporting) firearms being purchased, there is a tremendous amount of ammunition being consumed by the American people.

During the full mobilization of World War II, the “Arsenal of Democracy” manufactured roughly 47 billion rounds of ammunition, or roughly 13.4 billion rounds per year over our participation from Pearl Harbor until VJ-Day. Currently, the American people are consuming 10-12 billion rounds of ammunition a year, and even despite those impressive peacetime production figures, ammo shelves are bare at the retail and distributor levels.

The most “common” cartridges are in very short supply, and when ammunition is found, it is often being sold for two or three times what it cost less than a year ago. The 500-round “bricks” of .22LR — a rimfire cartridge commonly used for small game hunting and target practice — routinely went for $15 as recently as six to eight months ago. Today, if bricks of .22LR can be found, they are often selling for $50.

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In my area, ammo is becoming more available. Rim fire at the customary price has been available, although at limited quantity per purchase.
If it is loosening up here, it will also on your area soon. Stay vigilant.
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You forgot to add the little fact that we are now under surveillance by our own government's drones. I see obama is defending his use of drones to kill Americans outside this country if it is determined they are "at war" with the United States. I wonder how soon it will be determined that those of us that do not agree with him and his policies will be determined to be "at war" with the United States? After all, we didn't build this.

If he has done nothing else, he has shown us what "big government" is capable of. I believe his goals are to make everyone totally dependent on the government for everything, including our safety. It worked in the soviet union, 1930's germany, and every other dictatorship in the history of this planet.
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AMMO HAS GONE UP IN PRICE BECAUSE HOMELAND SECURITY IS BUYING IT ALL UP.

It's like the IRS scandal. Obama doesn't like Citizens United. So he gets the IRS to circumvent it by refusing to give conservative groups the tax-exempt status granted them by the Supreme Court. In a similar way, Obama doesn't like guns. So he gets Homeland Security to buy up all the ammo in an attempt to prevent people from using their guns. Believe it or not, some police depts have even run out of ammo.
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Domestic gun and ammo mfg's are alughing all the way to the bank. On the other hand, fire depts are starting rethink their response and approach to even the smallest of residential fires because of unknown munitions and hoarding. In the general vicinity of where I live, both paid and volunteer fire depts are beginning to consult with home insurers to advise them that unless the homeowners are present to assure safety from ammunition, they will only let the structure burn down and control adjoining structure from fire.
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This is why the progressives will really NEVER WIN!!!.
iT IS ALSO WHY NO general OFFICER WORTH HIS RANK WOULD RECOMMEND GOING AFTER AMERICANS FOR THEIR GUNS...OR ANY OTHER REASON.
Keep in mind we also have full access to any plans against citizens - we are in every crack of the national security apparatus.
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For those who haven't had much experience with fire arms. Let me give you some advice. You do not need any of those military type weapons. I was raised in the Northwest Mountains and hunted from the age of six with a rifle. I killed all animals up to a black bear with a Mossberg .22, so for your protection a .22 is all you need. For the lady a .25 semi auto pistol fits right in the purse or can be in a underarm holster. Cute little thing but will keep you infinitly safe from any big bad fool who bothers you. Big guns cost big money and are expensive to operate. You do not need them.... go to the range and borrow the gun and learn to use it, then purchase. It will be your best friend for life and it will never let you down....
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I always love these "I'm the expert and this is all you need" comments.

As a firearms instructor, I feel compelled to help avoid people making bad buying decisions which may affect their ability to survive and attack.

American Rifleman just ran an article on .22 magnum, concluding that any gun is better than none. However, it noted that for stopping power and inflicting enough pain to make the attacker stop, 9mm is the smallest caliber. Why else do police departments require a minimum of 9mm?

"Cute little thing?" Let's discuss physics for a minute. As the bullet leaves the barrel due to the controlled explosion of the ammunition round, an equal but opposite force pushes the gun backwards (recoil). A bigger gun has more mass, therefore it absorbs this recoil better. Bigger guns are also more accurate, because of the longer distance between front and rear sights. Very few attacks are stopped with one shot. Lower recoil and better accuracy means a larger caliber gun provides a better chance of surviving the attack. Big guns may cost more money, but small guns can cost your life. You decide which is the most economical.

"Hey, little lady, this here's all you need." Women have about 40% less muscle mass than men. This means that recoil has more impact on a woman's ability to get back on target and fire an effective second shot.

Again, get the largest caliber and largest gun you can comfortably handle. Shoot a number of them, from subcompact to full size; striker fire (e.g. Glock, Springfield XD, Smith & Wesson M&P) and 1911 frames. Decide which one feels the most like an extension of your hand when you operate it. The gun that feels the most comfortable in your hands when shooting is the one that will work best for you.
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what the libs/dems/obozoids/low information voters and lame stream media don't know or don't want to report is that with increase in gun sales, crime has been dropping, save for those gun free zones.

And there was a story today on Drudge about a woman calling 911 because a person was breaking into her home, and for 10 minutes the 911 dispatch was on the phone, up to and including the assault on the woman.

Now maybe a gun would have helped, or she could have peed in her pants, or thrown up to stop this, but the reality is that a nice hand gun would have stopped this assault. and libs/dems and others that don't want armed population should take responsiblity for this woman's assault
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I live in the county where the story to which you refer took place. The woman called 911 and was told there were no sheriff's deputies available because of budget cuts. The budget cuts were imposed because the citizens are tired of being taxed to death, and refused to approve new taxes. If the woman was without a gun, it was because she had chosen not to buy one, and instead rely on the state for protection. I have personally seen many women in local gun stores exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms because they know they must rely on their own efforts for real security. Apparently, the woman in question simply didn't want to face an unpleasant reality.

The county sheriff, who is elected, has publicly taken a very pro-Second Amendment stance, and has sent letters to the state and Federal governments vowing to refuse to enforce unconstitutional gun control laws in this county. He is not a part of the problem.
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God help you, Gridley.
If I lived closer, I'd volunteer to help you move.
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Don't bother, I moved back up here from California because it's much safer than that "gun-free" zoo, and there are far fewer idiots who think the government is there to take care of them.
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The best salesman, until he bans them.

He has power, and he will use it. Even if he doesn't have power, he will still use it. And no one will stop him. Because that's where we are in America now.
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In my area, ammo is becoming more available. Rim fire at the customary price has been available, although at limited quantity per purchase.
If it is loosening up here, it will also on your area soon. Stay vigilant.
47 weeks ago
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It looks like this (Top Rated Comments) section is compiled in alphabetic order, and not order of "likes".
So; AAA AAron is available, if you need it.
"Wax wing", "Zeke1"; Now's your chance
47 weeks ago
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You forgot to add the little fact that we are now under surveillance by our own government's drones. I see obama is defending his use of drones to kill Americans outside this country if it is determined they are "at war" with the United States. I wonder how soon it will be determined that those of us that do not agree with him and his policies will be determined to be "at war" with the United States? After all, we didn't build this.

If he has done nothing else, he has shown us what "big government" is capable of. I believe his goals are to make everyone totally dependent on the government for everything, including our safety. It worked in the soviet union, 1930's germany, and every other dictatorship in the history of this planet.
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Oddly, and at great cost, and just as involuntarily as Obama, Mao Tse Tung did more than any other man to bring capitalism (and, possibly, its step-child, per Lenin, imperialism) to China. What the outcome will be, whose to say.
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Grammatical correction: I believe that should be "Who's to say?"
47 weeks ago
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May I suggest the lot of us going to D.C. and transferring the Constitution to the Smithsonian before Barrack uses the last shred for his daily, and flushes it down the Oval Office commode?
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I do hope that after reading these statistics, Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Feinstien, Schumer and all their gun-banning buddies sleep very soundly.
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Of course they will!

Their ARMED body guards, paid for by you and I, will remain awake and vigilant.
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Mr. Owens notes the difficulty in finding various makes and models of weapons as well as ammunition "on shelves"; that is, in gun stores. Many if not most of these stores continue to sell items not seen on their shelves through the various online auction sites. Take Osage County Guns here in Belle, MO as a example: I haven't visited for a couple months now, but last I knew they closed their retail shop until further notice and have been selling all they have through various online brokers. They closed their retail shop simply to keep up with their booming online sales through these various auction sites. All these businesses are turning to auction sites because the market bids up the prices well beyond what they can get in any retail setting.

So, shelves may be bare, but anything you want can be bought...for the right price. The thinking behind the "lead is the new gold" comment applies generally to all firearms, parts, and ammunition and is why the small to medium sized gun stores have taken to stockpiling (or hoarding if you like) all these commodities.
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