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Invest In Guns

September 23, 2011 by  

What people buy when they’re worried. Of course, worried people buy gold and silver, which goes a long way toward explaining why the two precious metals have outshined all other asset classes over the past 10 years. But an alert reader reminded me of something else people purchase when they’re nervous about the future: guns. Check out the growth in shares of gunmaker Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (RGR). It looks like their business is doing even better than gold.

Now here’s a terrible return on investment. Since 1980, the U.S. Department of Education has plowed through more than $1 trillion in taxpayer funds. That’s right, more than a trillion bucks. And what have we gotten for our money? Last week, the College Board reported that SAT reading scores for graduating high school seniors reached the lowest point in nearly four decades. Please note that’s how graduating seniors did. Don’t even ask about the millions of teenagers who drop out of school before they get their diploma.

This is no way to increase jobs. Five days after Barack Obama asked Congress for $447 billion more money to promote job growth, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) released a report noting that the Federal bureaucrats had issued more than 600 new rules and regulations just in the month of August. The Senator says all the new paperwork will cost businesses (and, thus, consumers) more than $10 billion a year.

When the Chinese go to the movies. One thing they don’t do is watch such international blockbusters as the Harry Potter series. The new “Transformers” movie broke box-office records when it opened in the United States over the Fourth of July  weekend. It’s also smashing attendance records in many of the 110 other countries where it’s showing. But not in China, which has forbidden movie theaters to import such U.S. fare. Instead, they’ve been ordered to show such propaganda as “The Beginning of the Great Revival,” a glowing tribute to Chairman Mao and the birth of the Communist revolution in China. There’s no mention, of course, of the estimated 100 million victims of communism there.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Steve

    When things start to get a little bothersome I try to keep items around that will be useful if the situation deteriorates.

    Precious metals, supplies (food, water, medicine and other necessities) and guns/ammo. Guns and ammo can be traded in addition to be used for their intended purpose.

  • Burton

    The best “metals” investment is, and will be_LEAD,

    and be sure to hedge that investment with plenty of powder.

  • eddie47d

    Americans do buy guns when they are fearful. That analogy can also be used on the world stage. As some countries grow more powerful such as the USA and Russia 20-30 years ago the little countries that they “invade” become fearful and start stocking up on weapons.That leads to conflicts and millions of dead. Russia/Afghanistan= 1 million dead and an escalation of the arms race. USA/Central America = 700,000 dead and increased arms sales. Then there is Africa and the Middle East with the same scenario. Protecting oneself is a right and can be a necessity but hardly something to gloat about as I have heard way too many times over the years. A few individuals with weapons have a tendency to talk like world leaders and only end up aggravating a situation.

    • JimH

      Eddie, How do you compare private firearm ownership in the U.S. to 3rd world nations that are lead by a dictator having weapons?
      Want some apples with those oranges?

      • eddie47d

        Could it be that their weapon supply is bigger than our or ours is bigger than theirs. So that always means those with weapons have to one up on the next country or one up on the next individual.

        • JimH

          Your reaching Eddie. I own firearms and I don’t have the personality of a third world dictator.
          80 million Americans or more are LEGAL gun owners.(not the ones to worry about) If we all lived up to your expectation it would be a bloodbath.
          You have so little faith in your fellow man.

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      bottom line Eddie; if you have food and I have a gun I will have your food and a gun.

  • CHjr

    Guns are no good without ammo. I buy plenty of 12 gage, 308, 40 cal for my shotguns, rifles, and handguns.

  • JeffH

    Invest in Guns…that’s right up my alley, albeit I’m small time compared to others that enjoy the tools of the collectors, sport shooters, hunters and home defensemen. There was a time when my gun investments literally saved my bacon…out of work for over a year…I was “forced” to sell my guns and accessories to survive and that I did, much to my chagrin. Kept me fat with a roof over my head.
    I’ve managed to rebuild my collection a little bit…plinking, shooting sports, hunting andd defense weapons…because I’ve always been attracted to guns, was raised with them…just had a nack for working with them…just a natural attraction. Never bought one with the idea of usung it self defense, but that’s my choice…but I do have guns that are more than capable of protecting myself, property and my family and I’m more than capable of defending self, family and property.

    Living in a democratic republic where we have constitutional law has been a godsend…even though the Marxist/communist/socialist/progressives are slowly changing the rule of law…effecting our freedoms.

    To compare America to any other country with less liberty and freedom is unfair…there is a simple reason why our founders created the Bill of Rights and the Constitution with the 2nd Amendement.

    •”The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.” – Thomas Jefferson

    •”To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms…” – Richard Henry Lee, 1788, Member of the First U.S. Senate.

    •”The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” – Senator Hubert H. Humprey (D-Minnesota)

    •”The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.” — Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), April 11, 1942, quoted in Hitlers Tischegesprache Im Fuhrerhauptquartier 1941-1942. [Hitler's Table-Talk at the Fuhrer's Headquarters 1941-1942], Dr. Henry Picker, ed. (Athenaum-Verlag, Bonn, 1951)

    •”Gun control? It’s the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I want you to have nothing. If I’m a bad guy, I’m always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I’ll pull the trigger. We’ll see who wins.” — Former Mafia hit man turned informant Sammy “the Bull” Gravano

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Know what is ironic? with all those restrictive gun laws in NYC, Kimber arms has a factory in YONKERS NY!!! Yonkers borders Manhattan!!

  • Ray

    12 guage, .308, .45, and .22 even – .22 isn’t great for self defense, but it’s inexpensive, small and light, and a well placed .22 can take out a deer or a man. Wouldn’t be my first choice, but it’s better than no choice.

    A good sturdy knife is another important tool to have.

    • Steve

      Just make sure you don’t bring just a knife to a gun fight!

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      don’t overlook the bow and a sling shot. Both deadly and silent.

  • newspooner

    Equally important to any of the survival materials listed is rope, plenty of rope. Many sizes, many uses.

  • Orby22

    I want to make just one point. The largest army of any country in the world, whether organized or not, is the number of gun owners and people who purchase hunting licenses in the good old U.S.A. Japan knew this in WWII. Organized, we would be a formidable force. Think about it.

  • Stan

    A 22 can be a really good firearm to have in a pinch. They are great for putting food on the table plus keeping a low profile.Although I have other larger caliper firearms for protection or bigger game a 22 will always be in my bug out bag.

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      Some of the newer .22 ammo, such as Velocitors, are awsome and can really get the job done.

  • http://gunner689 gunner689

    I don’t know if it’s a public company but Taurus might be a good stock to own. They make a great product at a reasonable price. I own (2) of the Judge series of handguns; one for the house and one for the car.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Those are impressive guns, but I never did like a revolver that much. I can reload an automatic a lot faster if I have a spare clip. right now I have four for my nine and am looking at a S&W .40 cal with a laserlyte sight. also have a.22 and a .22 rifle. am also considering a 14 in 7.62! always did like them in the army! Very accurate!

      • http://gunner689 gunner689

        I too like autos and own several; Sigs, Glocks, Colts, Rugers, ect. My problem is I’ve been the victim of Murphy’s Law numerous times including a couple of times in combat. For that reason and years of shooting competition with one, I do favor a revolver as a primary defense handgun. My son who is a former SEAL, argues to no end on this issue with me. Old habits die hard. Love the M-14; I carried one in Nam in 67 and never had to shoot anyone more than once with it and it never jammed no matter how many paddies I’d crawled through. Can’t say the same about the M-16′s.

  • newspooner

    My Iver Johnson “Defender 89″ spur trigger revolver is hard to beat. The only problem is that the old .32 rimfire ammo has too many duds.

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      that and it’s damn hard to find ammo. I have an old Stevens single shot in .32 rim. found some rounds at a gun show but they were about $100 a box.


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