Gun sales soar again after presidential election

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By Anna M. Tinsley, November 25

Fort Worth – Michael Hill has been stockpiling guns and ammunition for almost a decade.

But he’s not done — not since President Barack Obama was re-elected this month.

In a continuing trend that alarms gun control proponents, Hill and thousands of other Americans are buying up ammo, handguns and other firearms, citing concerns that Obama might push new regulations in his second term or that U.N. agreements might infringe on the U.S. gun market.


Gun and ammo sales locally are on the rise — about twice as high as they were this time last year — even though sales can’t match the mad rush that cleared out many gun stores after Obama was elected in 2008.

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    • Idiots. 5.56 NATO is nowhere near enough cartridge for wild boar. Not a big surprise that she ended up finishing it off with one behind the ear (with a laser dot sight no less). This is not hunting for hunting’s sake. This is hunting in order to justify acquisition of gear.

      • Please, hold your fire on insulting women. There are a range of opinions on the 5.56 NATO and wild boars.

        Probably 95% of the hogs I shoot fall to my .223. The more I use it, the less I am willing to call it marginal, especially with Sierra Gamekings. Every hog I’ve shot with it has dropped quickly, most in their tracks. I shoot it accurately, and can get off accurate shots with it quickly because I shoot it all the time, so that’s what I use. Dead is dead, and .223 dead is just as dead as .308 dead

        It seems most people I’ve talked to say a 5.56 will bring down a hog, provided right choice of projectile and placement.

  • It has on the order of half the foot pounds of the recommended cartridge. One does not choose the cartridge based on perfect shot placement – it’s simply not good practice and it’s not humane. One wants to carry enough energy into the target to kill it quickly and cleanly, even if it one screws up the shot placement. It has absolutely nothing to do with the ovaries or the testes in the equation, it’s about the brain and the obligation to take game cleanly.

    • The guy in the first link says that every hog he’s shot with the .223 has dropped quickly, most in their tracks.

      Hunters intend to shoot game humanely, no?

      • The issue isn’t that one can potentially kill that specific game with that cartridge. It’s whether the safety margin is high enough to guarantee a humane kill in non-optimal circumstances. One can kill a man with a sub-sonic 22LR that generates a bit less than 100 foot pounds of energy, but that doesn’t mean that every police officer should use that as their duty load (IIRC most common loads in current use generate around 4 times that much energy). I’m groping for an analogy here, but the position that it’s okay to use a sub-power cartridge is kind of like saying that one doesn’t need to use seatbelts when driving, because one is an excellent driver and not going to crash. Sounds great, right up until it’s not true.

        These things are personal decisions and I’m not comfortable with that combination and I think it, in combination with what else I saw, speaks to a certain carelessness with regards to one’s moral obligation to the things one kills. Once one adds in the optics, the rests, the custom colour furniture, the snivel gear etc. etc., these guys are out there with a couple of thousand bucks worth of what are pretty much weapons as toys and they’re using them in ways that do not give me a lot of confidence that they have any business using an underpowered cartridge. If they’re proficient enough to be using that cartridge to kill humanely, how come the pig they killed spent its last few moments being dragged backwards, having been run down by dogs and maybe even wounded before being tapped behind the ear. That’s not exactly dropping it in its tracks.

  • Outdoors bill angers some environmentalists

    Washington Post, By Juliet Eilperin, November 26

    Making life better for fish and wildlife and the people who hunt them lies at the heart of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, the bill that covers everything from habitat conservation to transporting bows through national parks, which is likely to be approved by the Senate on Monday.

    But though the bill enjoys broad, bipartisan support, some environmentalists are not happy with it. The bill ensures that lead can continue to be used in ammunition, which they say poisons some wildlife, and it specifically says that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot regulate components “used in shot, bullets and other projectiles,” such as bullets and fishing tackle.

    More at the link

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