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Ammunition shelves bare as U.S. gun sales continue to soar

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estimates that 20 million guns were sold last year, with 8 million of those sales made by first-time buyers

Ye gods. Try to visualize 20 million of something, anything. (Think of how much space you'd need for 20 million pennies, for example.) Now realize only one of those is needed to kill. Terrifying.

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Highlights how deeply dysfunctional US people’s thinking is when it comes to guns. Horrifying if not down right insane!

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Sounds like a good problem to have.

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This is why I shoot a .22 when I am home. Ammo is cheap. And nobody hoards .22 ammo.

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God help us.

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Makes pandemic-related hoarding of toilet paper look entirely rational.

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Dr. King: The problem is that we all to often have socialism for the rich and rugged free enterprise capitalism for the poor. That’s the problem.

When you have the level of economic and social anxiety like in the US, guns are a form of security.

“Early on in the pandemic, we saw people hoarding toilet paper, disinfectant, and now it’s ammo,” he said.

Hoarding, of guns in this case, is a symptom of socio-economic anxiety.

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Considering suicide far outnumbers homicide of American gun deaths, perhaps the problem will eventually take care of itself. (To clarify - I DO NOT encourage suicide and hope those with such emotions seek help. It's just that having a gun handy makes a transitive emotion that much easier to act upon.)

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Wouldn't want to hoard. I only keep around 1000 rounds on hand and that is .177 pellets, not firearm ammo. Target shooting only. Pellets are cheap and provide good target practice.

We didn't stockpile TP either, btw. I don't know what people do that TP was low in their homes at the start. Have they not heard of bidets? 2-3 squares to dry, that's it. A 12-pak lasts 6-10 months, easy.

We didn't buy any disinfectant the last year. Normal soap and water work. I also mix a vinegar cleaning solution which is used all over the place. Probably go through 4L every quarter of cheap vinegar. We use a little bleach too, but haven't bought any this year. It will be used when we pressure wash the house in about a month.

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Why the think they can fight a virus with bullets. The mind boggles. Trying to protect them house’s from repossession and turning the guns on them selves? Scary story! Stay safe Americans.

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The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with record sales of firearms, has fueled a shortage of ammunition in the United States that’s impacting law enforcement agencies, people seeking personal protection, recreational shooters and hunters -- and could deny new gun owners the practice they need to handle their weapons safely.

Well. that's one explanation. I think a more compelling one is;

*Less than a year after a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol, nearly half of Republican voters (47%) say that "a time will come when patriotic Americans have to take the law into their own hands," per a new nationwide survey by George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs.*

https://news.yahoo.com/nearly-half-republicans-time-come-193407307.html

There are more democracy-hating pro-Trump insurrectionists out there than just the several hundred that have been arrested...

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There are more democracy-hating

No, they love democracy, they’re not the ones trying to tell people how to live, what to put in their bodies, what to eat and how the should conduct their lives.

pro-Trump insurrectionists

Pro Trump perhaps, pro American, pro Freedom. Drop the insurrectionist part, none of the people on that day will be charged with it, no matter how much the left hope, wish and pray for it. But these trespassers will continue to fight for their 1st and 2nd amendment rights

out there than just the several hundred that have been arrested...

and will be released in a few months. Hope they file a hefty lawsuit when they do.

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Failure of government.

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Failure of government.

no

Failure of suppliers

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There are more democracy-hating

No, they love democracy, they’re not the ones trying to tell people how to live, what to put in their bodies, what to eat and how the should conduct their lives.

They're being scammed to believe a lie and then incited to violently attack our Capitol and injure over 100 policemen...Blue Lives Matter - until they clash with the cult...

pro-Trump insurrectionists

Pro Trump perhaps, pro American, pro Freedom. Drop the insurrectionist part, none of the people on that day will be charged with it, no matter how much the left hope, wish and pray for it. But these trespassers will continue to fight for their 1st and 2nd amendment rights

Anti-democratic fascists who have more in common with the Myanmar Generals - so weak-minded they believed Trump would "march with them down to the Capitol" while he cheered on the violence from a safe room in the WH...

out there than just the several hundred that have been arrested...

and will be released in a few months. Hope they file a hefty lawsuit when they do.

Sure, and they're all pleading the "I was conned" by Trump as a defense...."Foxitis"....

Sounds like Trump and Murdoch should be worried about lawsuits...

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/06/politics/capitol-foxitis-hearing-outburst/index.html

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Well, when you have an installed puppet threatening the local populace with nuclear wespons and F-15s, it's understandable.

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Every time I see these topics and posts, all I can think of is the famous Jeff Jefferies’ sketch

I’m all for your Second Amendment rights. I think you should be able to have guns, It’s in your Constitution.

What I’m not for is bullshot arguments and lies.

There is one argument and one argument alone for having a gun. And this is the argument:

“Fudd off. I LIKE guns.”

It’s not the best argument, but it’s all you’ve got.

And there’s nothing wrong with it. There’s nothing wrong with saying “I like something. Don’t take it away from me.” But don’t give me this other bullshot.

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No, they love democracy, they’re not the ones trying to tell people how to live, what to put in their bodies, what to eat and how the should conduct their lives.

What? This is incorrect. GOP always wants to meddle in people's lives, especially the more private aspects. My body, my life huh? Ok, I'd like an abortion for my GF. In may states, that legal act has been made nearly impossible thanks to old, white, men who don't like it.

How, exactly does two loving gay men or women being legally married harm those same old, white, men? The hate it do it so much that it isn't legal in most states still. To get partners covered under spouse insurance and have the same rights of choice and legal decisions requires hiring a lawyer in most states. These are things that are automatic for married men and women.

The GOP wants to force their religion onto others all the time, especially in places where it legally has no place like govt buildings and govt schools.

The GOP meddles in lives every day.

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Arrrgh-TypeToday  06:31 am JST

estimates that 20 million guns were sold last year, with 8 million of those sales made by first-time buyers

Ye gods. Try to visualize 20 million of something, anything. (Think of how much space you'd need for 20 million pennies, for example.) Now realize only one of those is needed to kill. Terrifying.

Just recall, a number of those 'Proud Boys', 'Oath Keepers' and other traitor trash wore shirts and armbands stating '6MWNNE', = ''6 million were not near enough' referring to the 6 million dead Jews snuffed by the Nazis. 6 million dead Jews and 5 million others - that is terrifying and downright sickening.

i've yet to hear a valid reason or excuse to dust that number of any category of people. That's because there is none.

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How sad that many Americans feel they have to spend money on ammunition! What a waste of time, money, and life.

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"It’s where shooters learn fundamental skills like always pointing their guns in a safe direction and keeping their fingers off the trigger until they’re ready to fire."

Apart from these gun discipline related skills, practicing at a shooting range for gun owners is absolutely essential to ingrain the grip and safety mechanism of your handgun.

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EvilBuddhaToday  01:20 pm JST

Apart from these gun discipline related skills, practicing at a shooting range for gun owners is absolutely essential to ingrain the grip and safety mechanism of your handgun.

Exactly.

And helps keep the gun clean too.

But I am going to go out on a limb and say more people play golf on the weekend, than go to target practice.

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how about "to deal with an armed intruder" coming into my home?

that makes two arguments, and there are more.

There is one argument and one argument alone for having a gun.

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Ammunition shelves bare as U.S. gun sales continue to soar

Wouldn't this result in, like, less ammo to shoot, hence less people being shot at, so less gun-violence related deaths. I wouldn't call this a problem...

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blueToday  01:28 pm JST

Wouldn't this result in, like, less ammo to shoot, hence less people being shot at, so less gun-violence related deaths. I wouldn't call this a problem...

No, because people taking target practice are not the ones shooting people.

Anyway, this article is less interesting than articles about toilet paper hoarding--that is a real issue that affects almost everyone.

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Well, when you have an installed puppet threatening the local populace with nuclear wespons and F-15s, it's understandable.

Because a hand-held firearm is totally effective against nuclear weapons?

how about "to deal with an armed intruder" coming into my home

I would hate to live in a place where I was constantly in fear of my life from the people around me. Instead of hoarding ammo, my priority would be to get the hell out of there to a civilized environment as quickly as possible.

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like the old Chris Rock joke that bullets should cost $5000 each so that you have to be really sure you want to shoot someone before you do it.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VZrFVtmRXrw

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It’s kind of funny the MSM making an issue out of the state of ammunition in the US meanwhile ignoring the inner city slaughter and chaos going on.

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