If I stay up past midnight on New Year’s Eve, it won’t be so much to see the new year in as to make sure the last year is really over…
Not that it will do a damn bit of good. I expect January 1, 2021 to find us in the exact same leaky boat as December 31, 2020.
Gun owners can expect things to get worse on January 20 or very shortly thereafter, as a Democrat Administration pays back the massive Bloomberg donations with Draconian anti-gun bills. However, the Second Amendment Foundation and other groups stand ready to fight those in court, so there’s hope.
A big concern among serious shooters (and the millions of first-time gun owners who joined our ranks in 2020) is availability – and cost—of ammunition. Optimists expect a return to more-or-less normal supply chain and pricing in latter 2021, and pessimists think it will take longer.
A bit of perspective on that, if I may. Let’s go back, oh, 35 years. In 1986, according to the website thepeoplehistory.com, the median price of an existing home was $80,300. Average income in this country was $22,400 a year. You could buy a new Ford Mustang for $7,452, and fuel it with gasoline that cost $0.89 per gallon. Compare those figures to today’s.
Now, let’s look at the ammunition that seems to be in shortest supply at this time, the 9mm Luger cartridge. We are seeing some scalpers charge $60 for a box of fifty full metal jacket 9mm practice cartridges. However, Federal Cartridge will retail them on line (two box limit, though) for $22.99 at this writing.
I looked up 9mm full metal jacket in the 1986 Gun Digest. The retail price for a fifty-round box was…$22.50.
Back then, though, you could buy as much as you wanted.
It’s gonna be a challenging year for law-abiding firearms owners, for sure…there is gloom in the 2021 future, but I don’t think the doom is there yet.