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Panic Buying – Why?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mainsail, Nov 10, 2008.

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We all know what [i]caused[/i] the panic buying, but I’m interested in WHY we’re pani

  1. Concern over a new AWB (Get them while you still can)

    23.4%
  2. Concern over a huge tax on firearms or ammunition (Get them while you can still afford them)

    11.3%
  3. Higher possibility of civil unrest (Turn in your neighbors for "un-American" activities)

    0.8%
  4. Slightly higher possibility of civil war (Unconstitutional mandates being rammed through)

    1.3%
  5. Combination of some or all of the above

    55.8%
  6. None of the above

    7.4%
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  1. Mainsail

    Mainsail Member

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    We all know what caused the panic buying, but I’m interested in WHY we’re panic buying.
     
  2. Maelstrom

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    I'll vote first. I haven't partaken in this but I can see why.

    I'm fairly upset that I still don't have an M1A which I've wanted for almost 20 years now. In a few months or years I may not be able to get one.

    I voted for the AWB concerns.
     
  3. Tarvis

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    I'm gonna make some money on magazines ;). If AWB2.0 never comes through, I still have mags that I can sell for what I have invested.
     
  4. foghornl

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    The F.U.D. factor...

    F ear
    U ncertainty
    D oubt

    And remembering history about how things went when we had a pretty much Demo-controlled Congress & White House.
     
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  5. LemmyCaution

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    I was hoping there would be an option to vote "Because some of us are completely unhinged and irrational."

    But, then again, I was hoping there would be a better choice of candidates to vote for in the election, and we all know how that turned out.
     
  6. -v-

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    Mainly fear of either/and/or AWB2.0 or high taxes on ammunition. Also as foghornl said, the FUD factor of the whole situation.
     
  7. harmonic

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    I didn't vote. But the reality is that Obama can issue an executive order and do about anything he wants. A stroke of the pen = the weight of law.

    He can issue an executive order and outlaw concealed carry nationwide. He can issue an EO and eliminate gun shows.

    That's a spooky law.

    Will he do the above? I doubt it. Not in his first term. Because he wants what every first term prez wants, a second term.

    But then again, who knows?
     
  8. Ben86

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    I panic buy a little bit because of Obama's voting record. His record pretty much sums up his goals.

    Also, if he is seen as weak by the world the chance of foriegn invasion is a lot higher than it is under Bush.
     
  9. HoosierQ

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    Kinda thinking Civil War and Civil Unrest will be mighty un-likely. Not real sure about the others either.

    If given the choice, I would have picked, "Buying because others are panic buying and I still want some ammo/a firearm". Just like Y2K. The panic was the issue.

    With the 2nd Ammendment and Heller, gun control is going to be tough. I really believe that even though I am in the minority on this and other "conservative minded" forums.
     
  10. ccsniper

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    well, im concerned about the civil unrest, alot of my friends are in the military and i would hate for them to have to try and take my guns away so i dont "hurt myself".
     
  11. Feud

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    I disagree with the term "panic buying".

    Everyone I know who have purchased guns in response to the election have done so as long term investments. They figure that if nothing happens they'll lose a few bucks but make most of it up on resale, but if something does get passed than their investment will skyrocket.

    While certainly some people are panicked and buying out of fear, that mindset isn't universal.
     
  12. ATAShooter

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    With the dems having the majority in the House and the Senate. I think ALOT of crap is going to get shoved thru. Alot of folks say, " No, they are too concentrated on the economy to fool with guns." Well, as I look at it, as the economy has a hard time, Criminal activity to get money will increase, via the use of guns ( most of which are illegal, stolen ect.) Then they will yell, BAD GUNS !! We got to ban them. It's all tied together.
     
  13. X-Rap

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    I think if you have to ask the question maybe you just don't get it or have been up on the mother ship for a while. Rough sailing ahead.
     
  14. krs

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    The one good thing that might come of all of this foolish spending is that it'll demonstrate with a temporary exclamation what has been true for over five years now - that the gun industry is a thriving part of the US economy and has been even while so many other industries have suffered.

    Any portion of the US scene that's doing well will be among the last to be meddled with and I think that this guy has the sense to see it.

    I also don't see him responding to a pack of shrieking harpies demanding gun reforms, no matter how loudly they may shriek.
     
  15. USSR

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    Because most people are reactive instead of proactive, and can't see the forest for the trees. It's kind of like the people who watch the value of their 401k go down, and then finally get off their duff and sell when the market is at the bottom. Guys, you had 2 full years (2006 Congressional Elections) to see this coming, and personally, I don't feel sorry for anyone who waited this long.

    Don
     
  16. #shooter

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    I went into Gander Mountain Sunday at 4pm and the gun area was busy. Usually it is quiet with 1 or 2 workers at a time, there were 6. Everyone was looking at ARs and pistols. If it had black plastic, people were looking at it.
    Why panicking?
    1. Libs control Congress
    2. Bush set the standard for abusing executive orders. The networks are abuzz with what EO BHO will create, expand, and resend.
    3. BHO will also be making changes at BATF and the Justice Dpt.
    4. Expect severe ammo bans and restrictions.

    Personally I don’t have the cash to just plop down for an AR that I really don’t need and have nowhere close to shoot it. For now my SKS will have to do. I am more concerned with BHO doing away with CCW. 20 hard fought years could be down the tubes overnight.
     
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    Hey Mainsail. Long time. Anyway, I already bought my AK last year and tac'd it out to be a sufficient SHTF/civil unrest/war rifle. Now I'm working on an AR-15 because they're not going to be around much longer if Obama gets his way, which he probably will. I bought a stripped receiver, and now I'm working on buying everything else. Buy receivers. For real. A receiver is transfered as a rifle, not as a part, so when the democrats read the stats and see that x number of rifles were sold this month over last month, it would be nice for them to see what kind of support "assault" rifles have backing them.

    ETA: "all of the above", btw.
     
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  18. mp510

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    Even if there ends up being no additional regulations, or even if more stringent regulations end up being minimal (which are the two more likely outcomes)- chances are prices will continue to rise and along with demand, which will keep things in short supply. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe demand and prices will go down in six months- but I don't think that I am. It's available now, and the prices aren't too bad yet (especially since in many instances were only dealing with 1 level of price hikes, if the item is already on the shelf at your dealer- you don't need to pay price increases and profit several times).
     
  19. KeithET

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    I voted for the second one but the first one is just as likely if not more. As for 3 and 4 they are just freaky panic thinking!

    KeithET
     
  20. The Bushmaster

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    Just maintaining inventory levels at my loading bench...
     
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    All of the above, and pretty much in order of possibility the same you have on the poll. AWBII being most likely and civil war being least, but all possible.
     
  22. tmajors

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    I CC 95% and open 2%. Other 3% I don't carry because I can't.

    The day concealed carry is outlawed is the day I start open carrying 100%, and don't do business with stores or go places that that don't let me. I might even start OCing a rifle on occasion, like those boys up in Post Falls.
     
  23. harmonic

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    I think that's probably a given. I'm sure the paperwork is already prepared for him. After all, all he needs to do to implement such is a stroke of the pen.

    But some are talking about total abolition/confiscation of privately owned firearms. On a scale of 1 to 1000 for worries, I'd put that one at about .75.
     
  24. expvideo

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    First of all, a stripped receiver for an AR-15 is about $150, so you can at least get the part that is going to be banned first. Every other part is just a "gun part". You might consider investing in that part, just in case you ever decide you want one. I'm on a really low budget too, so I'm just trying to give you some perspective.

    Also, I will always carry a gun. FI can happily say that I am a law abiding citizen. Nothing is going to change. Except maybe the second part.

    Yeah, it's not really likely or anything, but it's good to be prepared for something like that. A lot can change really quickly, so what is normal today may not be normal next week. Still I think that civil war is about the least likely thing that could happen. I think that in this day and age, civil unrest is much more likely. I don't think Americans are really going to go for all out war with ourselves. I think that's about as likely as having to fend off escaped zoo tigers.
     
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  25. jfdavis58

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    I survived Clinton. Things will change, slower than the liberals might like, faster than conservatives think is necessary. I'm concerned about the vague emptiness of the Obama agenda. 'Yes we can' is not a plan. And if it somehow was a plan, what about contingencies? What happens if you cannot have everything your way because of congressional wrangling? All I see is a recipe for a left leaning slant on business as normal. And congressional business-as-normal is a near total failure.

    So we get some 51% to 53% of our population--containing by far the most radical and violent members--disgruntled and dissatisfied when things don't work-out or go-their-way; still 'pumped' from the 'historic election of a new messiah'. Can civil unrest and violence be far behind? Maybe just a little midnight visit to the business area or that all-conservative residential area with sticks and stones and other incendiary or explosive intents. Fueled by 'yes we can' a little immediate 'wealth redistribution' might be the natural reaction to a failed health care initiative or ...
     
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