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What has Americans so scared? Why are millions stockpiling guns?

Why is fear stalking the land? Why in the wake of tragic shootings across the country are Americans buying guns and ammunition at record rates?

Could it be that with the President’s re-election, as taxes and government spending spiral out of control, as an unpopular Congress dithers, as entertainment featuring apocalypse surges in popularity, and as the latest failed doomsday prediction is replaced by yet another, many Americans have been gripped with an uneasiness that each of us is on our own?

“Fear of crime, a potential crackdown on gun owners, a social collapse and even zombies have Americans loading up as never before,” writes Kim Peterson for MSN Money. But why? “One widely held belief is that President Barack Obama’s election spurred fears that he will crack down on gun ownership. But there’s more to it than that. People are buying more guns now for security, particularly as the economy has struggled. More Americans are getting permits to carry concealed weapons. Sport shooting is seeing newfound popularity. And you never know when economic doomsday will hit or, yes, even when zombies will attack.”


“Gun sales in Florida have surged since last week’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults,” writes Dan Sullivan for the Tampa Bay Times. “Statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show that requests for background checks on the state’s new gun buyers began to rise on the day of the shooting.

“At least one local gun shop owner said buyers are particularly seeking assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, which were used by the shooter in the Connecticut tragedy, and are likely to become the target of gun control proposals.”

Why are gun sales booming?


Nationwide indicators suggest that the boom is not unique to Florida. The Wall Street Journal reported gun stock prices were up in the shooting’s immediate aftermath. The Washington Post reported that prices for handgun magazines were increasing on eBay and semiautomatic rifles were selling out at Wal-mart stores.

Sullivan reported the Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, racked up more than $1 million in sales on one day for the best single-day performance since the store opened in 1959, according to Justin Anderson, director of online sales. Topping the list was the Bushmaster AR-15, the model used at Newtown that sells for as much as $4,000 and had almost sold out, Anderson said. He noted that revenue at the shop, one of the largest U.S. gun stores, surpassed even the spike just after Obama was elected president in 2008.


Speculation over stricter gun laws will continue to boost sales, Anderson told Sullivan.

“It’s kind of the perfect storm for the gun industry,” he said. “When these things happen, even though it’s sad, it does pick up sales.”

But why are people so afraid? “In the age of 9/11, the Iraq War, financial collapse, and Amber Alerts, our society is defined by fear,” writes  author Barry Glassner in The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane Crashes, Road Rage, & So Much More . “So it’s not surprising that three out of four Americans Continued on page 2

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Randy Hook

    I would like to add to this quality writing is that of a Biblical stance. Just as people do not read nor understand or Constitutional Second Amendment, they neither read in correct context or understand the Hebrew writing of the Fifth Commandment of our God. The const allow for an armed society to prevent a Gov’t rule, therefore the fathers ensured the public can remove and take control, by armed force if needed the Gov’t out-of-control, and some say we missed that time?

    On the flip side god was our supreme rule in all equity and fair justice, but man wanted to vote for their rulers (Kings), so he allowed it, but the price will be paid if your vote is not a good sound one and the results are seen in the Hebrew and Aramaic Scrolls. The 5th Commandment is instructing that you are not allowed to commit straight out murder, premeditated or deranged, but not about protection of national interest-here and abroad to include military, police and citizens, self-defense of your family, and even against a robber or thief, is it religious leftist fanatical who read God on their terms, not his.

    Good example, NT believers do not like discussing: when the Messiah was arrested, the Apostle Peter took “His” Sword and out of Defense cut the ear off the Roman soldier. They do not like to admit the Apostle, as well as the Messiah could have been armed to protect their leader and self as they traveled through occupied territories! Modern Main-Stream Christians try to say they must be meek and mild, not empowering their military and Police, but their God enforces this attendance, so for this reason, they throw out their God in the Hebrew, and replace it with a “Transliteration” in Greek to get what they want!

    Why does Society and the World have so much problems, ask a Preacher, because all the troubles in society are on their hands, they never enforce or believed in the God they follow, so the Corporate Church is guilty of all the “Crimes Against Humanity” for their failure to stand up against all the government laws and regulations not according to Gods word throughout History, and whimpering under a error Greek NT to remain quiet and weak.

    When the Church (the People) stays quiet, the Criminals and Governments rise in power!

    Now the normal citizen must stand-up in place of the failed Christian State to restore Law & Order, but I do not really believe we can have much strength any longer due to the yellow belly (and back of the liberals). God Bless America, no I think God Lost America, now it is the “New West”, Gunfights and Criminals and Techies all battling to see who is stronger!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Luvjust4u

    People have been arming themself for decades now. If you remember the 1980’s was the constant threatening by white hate groups about a race war which their unjust acts of racism were meant to ignite. Then, people were scared of 1999. Then there was 2001 9/11 war on terrorism and fear of radical Islam that had millions of Americans arming themselves. Then it was 2008 election of President Obama that still fuels white fear of a black run government. The zombies and 2012 Mayan end of the world all have the unsaved arming as if bullets will comfort their fears. Instead, based on FBI stats, guns in the homes will only lead to more innocent people being killed, especially the gun owners as seen in the Newtown, Conn incident. People have lost faith in God and are looking to save their own lives which Yahshua taught whoever shall seek to save his/her life shall lose it. Personally,explosive powder evolved from monks seeking to find the liquid of eternal life in honor to their dragon. Explosives have taken more lives than any weapon ever invented. If the majority of people using explosives claim to believe in God Almighty Jehovah, what hope is it for their souls?

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