Mayan calendar, this decade's Y2K?


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19-3Ben
January 2, 2012, 09:11 AM
What do we think? Is the whole "Mayan calendar, end of the world" thing going to be the big scare for this decade? Will it drive up gun and ammo prices as people try to prepare for a major catastrophic event? Do you think availability become a problem?

Back when the Y2k scare hit the gun world, I was all of 16, and not interested in guns, so I had no idea that the gun world was impacted at all. What sorts of things can we look for as signs of big scare that would effect gun and ammo supply/prices?

(Mods: please note this is not a SHTF thread. I'm not asking if the S is going to HTF, or what people are doing to prep for it. Just trying to see if we can determine a market trend that might reflect people's fears.)

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Yo Mama
January 2, 2012, 09:25 AM
If you're interested, and have a few extra hours to blow, try looking at survivalistboards.com, they have a whole forum dedicated to 2012, and how it's not going to be the end.

It's really sad there is a whole industry dedicated to making money off folks fear.

R.W.Dale
January 2, 2012, 09:30 AM
And we believe the Mayans why?

Because as far as they were concerned the world ended 500 years ago when the Spaniards showed up.

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ApacheCoTodd
January 2, 2012, 09:39 AM
Mayans, Y2K, Two - count 'em, two Biblical EOD predictions last year, avian flu, the "China Syndrome, advancing glaciers, global warming, techno-shock, population explosion, seed degradation, food riots, aquifer depletion, nuclear war, Nostradamus' mental burps... these are just the ones that I could come up with as fast as I could type them.

Each, in it's time and only since my childhood has been the pet cause of mankind's imminent doom for some group or other. Interestingly, the proponent parties seem to make lots of money on books, tours and the like - really, the world is ending and your money is tied up in the royalties involved in passing the word?

As a side note, I see my ATM card - apropos of nothing - is expiring before the Mayan calender and the calender my wife bought me for Christmas runs past the Mayan's... MY GOD, WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!?

Ky Larry
January 2, 2012, 09:57 AM
Some folks will try to make a buck at the publics expence. Nothing new there. I don't see a Mayan calender having much effect on shooting sports prices. However, if we don't change presidents next year, then all bets are off.:eek:

Kingcreek
January 2, 2012, 09:59 AM
OMG! I just realised that my calendar (courtesy of the local car dealer) ends on Dec 31!

parsimonious_instead
January 2, 2012, 10:05 AM
The Mayan calendar simply runs out at the end of our 2012. That's all. Apocalyptic predictions based on that are simply assumptions or misinterpretations. If you snuck a peek at your boss' calendar and saw that he had nothing scheduled past March 15, 2012, would you then assume that he's going to kill himself at 11:59PM March 14, or that there simply aren't any entries yet?
I'm not afraid of a world-ending event in December of 2012. But I do think it's reasonable to think that there might be wackos who might try to inflict death, misery and destruction to *make* it happen.
As always, I think the sanest thing to do is to maintain your current stocks of consumables and gear, but bump up your situational awareness as the time draws near - end of the world predictions bring out the crazy in people.

303tom
January 2, 2012, 10:07 AM
What does this have to do with (FIREARMS) ????????????

19-3Ben
January 2, 2012, 10:18 AM
What does this have to do with (FIREARMS) ????????????

The goal of the original post was to ask if the fear of an apocalytic event would have an impact on the firearms market, much the same way that Y2K did. Will ammo prices go up, gun supplies dry up, etc... and then of course the inevitable glut of used guns on the market once people realize that in 2013, the world is still here.

Unfortunately, the thread was started derailing around post 3. Mods, if you want to close it rather than try to steer back on course, I completely understand.

ApacheCoTodd
January 2, 2012, 10:31 AM
"" What does this have to do with (FIREARMS) ???????????? ""

Possible connection here, well, that and the ever preset zombiphobia... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8987359/Americans-buy-record-numbers-of-guns-for-Christmas.html

we are not amused
January 2, 2012, 10:41 AM
Personally, I don't think it will have much of an effect.

The public hysteria/interest seems to died down.

The only 2012 event I see having a big effect is the November elections.

Of course there could always be a big earthquake, flood, riot, hurricane or something, but I really don't see the silly news media being silly enough to blow this up to the Y2K level of nonsense. They got pretty badly burned the last time.

Sam1911
January 2, 2012, 11:01 AM
I would find it hard to believe that in 2012 there are still enough people left in the world who believe that the astrological inventions of an ancient religious culture reflect anything important about astronomy and/or geology that their preparations for "the end" would constitute a Trend.

Might as well ask if there are enough people who REALLY believe the zombies will rise.

I don't see much way of debating whether there will be a Trend without debating the underlying cause. And that's just beneath us.

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