423 Million Firearms and 8.1 Billion Rounds of Ammo – What’s Not to Love?

It’s no surprise that California has thrown everything – including the kitchen sink – into the gun control heap, so some wonder is there really more the anti-gunners can do? 

Of course there is!  When truth, technology and common  sense won’t dissuade the Hefty Leftys from trotting out their garbage, nothing will.  They are as devoted to stripping the 2nd Amendment from the Bill of Rights as they are devoted to making us all victims.  It makes them feel superior – and a society of victims is far easier to control.  If you don’t believe me, just look at what’s happened to the once proud nation of Venezuela.

The Left treats facts and reason – especially when it comes to guns – as if they were annoying flies on a warm summer night – something to be swatted away.  It doesn’t matter that a new academic study has found that, once again, gun laws are not having their desired effect. Bearing Arms reported this week that “A joint study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California at Davis Violence Prevention Research Program found that California’s much-touted mandated background checks had no impact on gun deaths, and researchers are puzzled as to why.”

The researchers may be surprised but GOC surely isn’t.

California’s expansive background checks for firearm sales have been around since 1991. The legislation mandated that all such sales had to go through a California-licensed Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer.  Ultimately, all firearm sales and transfers became subject to a 15-day waiting period (now 10-day) to make certain all gun purchasers had undergone a thorough background check.

But, according to Bearing Arms, “More than a quarter of a century later, researchers at Johns Hopkins and UC Davis dug into the results of the sweeping legislation. Researchers compared yearly gun suicide and homicide rates over the 10 years following implementation of California’s law with 32 control states that did not have such laws.

They found “no change in the rates of either cause of death from firearms through 2000.”

Even though the results differ from research in Missouri and Connecticut that did show a link, could it be, as Bearing Arms aptly points out that “violent crime is a complex issue and gun control proposals are a simplistic answer. The roots of violence often run deep, as do the paths of weapons toward criminal hands. When we see studies that suggest gun control had one effect or another, what we’re looking at is a corollary. This happened and, at the same time, that happened. ‘After, therefore because of.’ This is a logical fallacy that, frankly, we all fall victim to.”

And then there’s that new report that violent crime dropped by 48.6% in the U.S. in the same period that saw the record number of arms purchases: 423 million firearms, and 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition according to recently released data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  I repeat:  423 million firearms, and 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition!

WHOA NELLIE!  How can that be?  The media has been hollering that Americans have no appetite for anything gun related – people are terrified!!

Talk about an inconvenient fact that has gone largely unreported.

Joe Bertozzi, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, recently told American Military News “These figures show that the United States has a strong desire to continue buying firearms for lawful purposes.”  He also said “The continued popularity of guns demonstrates that Americans have a keen interest in protecting themselves and their homes.”

This is clear, given that an overwhelming  25 million people registered in 2019 to carry guns in the US.

Members of the California legislature and the Democrat presidential candidates aren’t paying attention.  They want to make this the year for gun control.  With Joe Biden criticizing a Texas law as “irrational” for allowing church-goers to be armed and Michael Bloomberg telling folks in Alabama that You just do not want the average American carrying a gun in a crowded place, we have our work cut out for us.

It’s a good thing we are ready to battle.




  1. Jimmy Creedmoor on January 8, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Exactly as stated; facts just don’t seem to matter. Why is that? Also, the blind or willful ignorance to the intent of the 2nd Amendment is amazing. There are numerous references to the right of the people to bear arms by the founders to prevent government from overstepping its role.

    Put quite simply, gun control is unpatriotic.

  2. Edgar Murillo on January 8, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I guess This shows that Americans don’t want gun control

    • Eddy James on January 15, 2020 at 5:56 am

      Democrats should be the first to turn in their guns. After a reasonable period, say 50 yrs. The rest of us might think about it. Nope, no way ain’t gonna happen. But disarming all Democrats should result in a drop in crime of ten fold.

  3. Jeffrey Rohn on January 10, 2020 at 4:59 am

    IT ISN’T ABOUT GUNS! (and it never has been!)

    Unfortunately, this isn’t a government by the people and for the people. To our own demise, we have thus far failed our founding fathers, we let the torch of liberty all but be snuffed out! Disregarded and overlooked their warnings, to not fall complacent and to not take our freedom and liberty for granted! We have traded our “Dangerous Freedom” for “Peaceful Slavery” What would the man, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, Samuel Adams, James Madison, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton say if they were to see how we have squandered the greatest gift to have ever existed! We have freely and foolishly traded it for the lie, of false sense of security, but even worse, convenience! We have allowed ourselves to become subjugated by an overreaching, increasingly more oppressive and tyrannical government! We have bowed to the will of our masters, in the ruling class, with nary a single f*ck given! We should be ashamed of ourselves, not only have we failed the framers, but our children, grandchildren and future generations!
    It’s time to regrow a backbone, say “NO MORE” to make a stand, redeem our honor by reclaiming our rights, our government and the amazing gifts bestowed upon us by perhaps the wisest men ever, LIBERTY and FREEDOM!
    It is our duty as citizens, sworn duty for a lot of us, to protect and defend the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA against all enemies, both foreign and domestic! (those aren’t just hollow words, that is a solemn oath, on which you pledged your life!)
    Will we go down in history as the generation that pissed it all way? Or will we honor the great sacrifice, fearlessly stand together, sound the bells of liberty and proudly pass the restored touch of freedom to future Americans?

    • keay on January 14, 2020 at 12:57 am

      Ironically, the sound of 125 gr Sierra Match King in my .300 Blackout hitting heavy Steel at 200 yards sounds like someone ringing a bell. almost like a Liberty Bell. go figure.

  4. Eddy James on January 15, 2020 at 5:59 am

    From the condition of the sidewalks here in San Fransisco, I’d say the Democrats have trouble controlling their bowels.

  5. Bruce Jacquot on January 16, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    I agree with Jeffrey Rohn. If they were actually worried about deaths in this country they would also be outlawing cars.l There are as many or more people killed in auto accidents in this country then with guns.

  6. D Pen on January 21, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Has anyone heard any new news on HR38. That is the bill that we ALL need to be pushing!!!!! This bill needs attention and needs to be pushed through all levels of government and signed. If a Driver’s license which is a privilege not a right is recognized in all states, a CCW which is a right not a privilege needs to be recognized also!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Brian on February 7, 2020 at 11:47 am

    The fact is Ammunition registration is not a new idea! The city of Los Angeles enacted a identical program in 1998-1999. They realized the cost after the first year and to this date according to the LAPD states the program cost millions and did not lead to the solving of even 1 crime, and even worse showed no decrease in crime.
    As a former peace officer and a Veteran I believe in each persons individual rights and freedoms as their first, last and only pine of protection. However my wife asked me at a high school football game one evening, if it “pissed me off” when two of the teachers did not stand for the pledge of allegiance or National anthem?
    I calmly and simply replied “No, that is their right” which angered her, she pointed out my military service going every generation of my family since the civil war (that I could track). Being in the military and vowing to support and defend the constitution of the United States, does not give me the right to censor how people choose to 7ae those rights and liberties guaranteed them by the constitution. If it did then it would not be a right or freedom once you put limits on it. I may not agree with how they use their rights, but that is why so many of my brothers and sisters have fought and died over the generations to preserve those rights and amendments without restrictons. Hopefully…….some day our elected officials will understand this and quite trying to enact their personal and political beliefs and agendas on the constitution and citizenry, of this great nation.