Skip to comments.California gun purchases nearing record
Posted on 07/28/2012 8:05:30 PM PDT by thecodont
Californians just can't get enough guns and are on a pace to set a new annual record for the number purchased legally.
Experts with the state Department of Justice predict residents will buy 725,000 rifles, pistols and shotguns in 2012, nearly twice the number they purchased five years ago, when 370,628 were acquired.
Over the last decade, annual purchases have increased despite the lackluster economy and a dramatic drop in crime.
The state doesn't record the personal history of those who purchase guns, nor their reasons for buying them, so it's hard to pinpoint a reason for the increase, experts say.
There are theories, however.
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CA had tons of gun enthusiasts when I lived there.
Full auto? no problem!
My how the place has changed.
They went from one person handling the paper to whole office dedicated to processing, appointments made on the net, full steam!
Perhaps Californians can turn things around with gun rights.
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My theory is that the California’s dysfunction at state level is so obvious that no resident trusts the state government to protect or provide for them.
So where is the corresponding spike in gun crimes? Blood in the streets, etc.
The article mentions “a dramatic drop in crime” occurring along with the increase in gun sales, and doesn’t connect the two trends.
One of the most ignorant and blatantly statist statements I have ever read on a news site. Notice the subtext: the state SHOULD record the personal history of those who purchase guns; the state SHOULD record their reasons for buying them.
NO, it shouldn't do either.
The ignorant part: they can't understand why, in a down economy, with overall crime decreasing, why gun purchases are increasing. They cannot make a causal connection, in their hoplophobic worldview, between more guns and less crime. They cannot fathom a world in which the government no longer has the money to protect them.
Sick, sick puppies.
Statistics never support comments generally made on weapons.
A good example is that you can outlaw automatic rifles, and then filter out all the shootings/murders over the past thirty years. The end result is a very small and marginal group of people who would be alive today if you had outlawed the automatic rifles in 1970...as compared against the bulk of deaths reported nation-wide.
Another example is that you can look at Iowa over the past four decades (three million population only recently achieved). You have a state where 45 murders occur on an average per year. Of that...only around 47 percent of the yearly murders are by gun. The rest are listed either by knife or “other”. You go over to Pennsylvania, where there are roughly 650 murders a year, and almost 70 percent relate back to guns. The true issue is urban “warfare” which is a magnet in metropolitan areas, but you never hear the media discuss that matter.
“annual purchases have increased despite the lackluster economy and a dramatic drop in crime”
I remember the Times saying something dumb like this also.
The REASON for the drop in crime IS BECAUSE OF gun purchases.
It’s because of, not in spite of.
“there are theories, however.”.
These fools have no idea what’s coming. None whatsoever.
Well, what I got from the article was that the author didn’t understand why people were buying more guns when crime was decreasing. I’m saying there was a connection between the decrease in crime and the increase in gun purchases.
The underlying theme of all gun grabbers is that more guns = more crime. We’ve had a massive increase in gun sales since ‘08 when we all feared an Obama presidency, all the while crime dropped.
Picture lightbulbs over their heads. About time, doncha think?