Surge in Gun Demand While Mental Health Records Disappear

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From Gawker:

Gun stores all over the country can't keep up with the increased demand for firearms. Online retailers are seeing growth too: "On GunBroker.com, an Oracle .223 that normally retails for around $650 had been bid up to $1,175 with three days left in the auction."

And Walmart, America's largest gun retailer, said that some models were out of stock and that some stores had low inventory.

This gun buying boom is happening just as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an advocacy group headed by Michael Bloomberg, found that millions of mental health records are missing from the national database that gun dealers use to run background checks on their buyers.

It doesn't take a genius to work out that this combination could have disastrous consequences. As Mark Ames argues in a devastating piece on gun control, economic inequality and mental health, "if history is anything to go by, it’s [the combination] only going to increase the chance of future massacres."

But as the NRA and other gun lobbying groups ramp up their campaigns to convince Americans they will be massacred by Obama and his communist government , the chance of a sensible response to this alarming trend becomes ever more remote. Sadly, fear works wonders politically, and gun lobbyists are some of the best practitioners of scaring the public shitless.

The answer to a petrified, mentally unstable country beset by increasingly ferocious gun massacres? Simple: Get more guns!