A pontification by Sniper This weekend, I packed the family up and we drove back to my home town to help my brother move. This trip was going to take me through my old college town on the way, so I set it up so that I would have the time to stop at some of the old haunts, as I haven't been back to my old home town in almost five years. When we reached the college town, I started at the first gun store and there was nothing there, litterally, the entire block tore down. The second shop is now a pet store, and then the third store, at least it was still there. This last store was where I bought my first AR, UZI, SPAS-12, I bought all my ammunition from there as well, a real good gun store. The original sign was still there, so we pulled in and I went in. Instead of gun racks, I was greeted by baseball gear and nothing else. The old owner came out and I asked where all the guns were, he said "all gone". He said that he had been broken into and his guns stolen, twice! With all the problems of paperwork, insurance company canceling his insurance, it just was no longer worth it, so now he sells baseball equipment, no registration there to worry about. We prceeded on to my hometown where there were two other gun stores to visit. We got there and helped move for awhile and then in the afternoon, I was ready for a break and drove down to the first store, gone, doors closed for quite some time. I then drove to the second store, it had been there for as long as I can remember, almost 35 years, but when I drove up, it was a liquor store. When I got back to the moving, I told my brother what I had seen, he said it closed down about three years ago, "It was no longer worth it" When we come home this morning, I drove a differnt route and the same story. One town that had a surplus store was closed, another had a store of nothing but rifle scopes, gone. A total of four and a half hours of driving and every store gone. I just got off the phone with a cop buddy of mine who works in a big city and he said that you wouldn't believe the number of people that come into the station every day wanting to turn in Grandpa's guns that he left them after he died and they have no interest. We have a generation of kids that don't know what guns are, nor do they have any interest in them, and so when you will your guns to them, they will beat a path down to the cop station to get the $50 gun turn in that they are offering for your prized guns. I've always said that there will never be a big gun grab, it will be something insidious like drying up the ammo, well, welcome to the new world, it's here.