Gun and Ammo Sales are Shooting Through the Roof (I Wonder Why?)

Posted: Mar 08, 2009 10:25 AM

My tribe and I went wild boar hunting this weekend with my buddy’s bunch near Lake Okeechobee, Florida. As God would have it, we killed four nice pigs, had a redneck great time, and now have pork chops aplenty to feast upon. No need for government cheese, food stamps or a bailout here, ladies and gents.

For those of you who read my columns and listen to my talk show,, you know that the aforementioned is pretty standard Doug fare, i.e. God, Guns and Gumption. I am the bitter guy who clings to his God and guns and is proud of it. How you doin’?

The thing that made this past weekend unique was when mi amigo’s esposa went out Wednesday evening to get ammo for their son’s gun at a huge outdoor store in Fort Lauderdale and found the shelves more empty than an O’Reilly book signing at a NOW luncheon. No cartridges, folks! This was weird because Fort Lauderdale ain’t exactly Texas.

Wondering what the heck was going on, they proceeded over to the gun counter to ask the clerk what the dillio was, and lo and behold the gun racks were nekked! Freak out number two.

Yep, by the end of the business day the guns were gone. The rifles, shotguns, and pistols were . . . lock stock and two smoking barrels . . . pretty much history. For those with short-term memory loss, this was not a small shop with a couple of Ruger .22s and a few boxes of CCI 40 grain hollow points but a national retail chain with a stonkin’ firearm stockade.

Now, I’ve been an outdoor shop devotee for the last forty-one of my forty-six years and have never heard of that kind of mass movement of guns and ammo by civilians. After a little googling around the ‘net, I found out that this isn’t just a localized event unique to this one outdoor superstore but a national and online phenomenon, as well.

This 411 has made me an amalgam of glad, mad, and a little freaked out. I’m glad that business is booming for those patriots in the firearms industry and that they are not in need of a bailout; I’m mad because it makes it a pain in the butt to get ammo; I’m freaked out because in nearly half a century of kicking dirt on this earth I have never heard of anything like this happening (except, of course, during the American Revolution, which is kinda interesting).

I guess the election of the socialist Obama and his anti-gun, anti-self defense cabal was all the stimulus package traditional Americans needed to appreciate time-honored American privileges—in particular the right to keep and bear arms.

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