This may wind up in the High Intensity area, but I have to vent. I got roped into going shopping with the wife the other day, Black Friday. I thought there would be some good deals out there from what I'd heard. I've been checking prices on some of the things I want lately so I had a good idea of what they cost. It soon became obvious that what most places had done was to jack the prices up and then offer "discounts" that were as high or higher then the normal price. Stores had a few items on sale to lure shoppers in, but then you get hit with high prices on everything else. Now, to the sore spot! We all heard all the talk before the last election about how Obama was going to take away our guns and ammo, right? (They said the same thing when Clinton was running.) Well, here it is a year later and there has been no real attempt to do anything like that. However, those scare tactics did nothing but jack up the prices of guns and ammo way past the normal inflation rate, and they are not about to come down. That was just a scam. That tactic screwed the very people that were the most worried about it, along with everyone else. Let me give you some first hand examples. I shoot 30-30s and 30-06s because they are versatile and cheap to shoot. I have been buying ammo at places like Wal Mart for years, when I don't have the time to reload my own. I've been getting 180 grain Remington Core-Lokt 30-30s for $8.87 to $9.97 for a box of 20 for years, up to 2 years ago. I still have four boxes with the price tags on them. I've been paying $9.97 to $10.97 for the same thing in 30-06, while laughing at my buddy who has been paying $42.00 for a box of 7mm Weatherby Magnum. We went to Wal Mart yesterday and I felt like going off on someone! The same Remington 30-06 shells are now $23.99 a box, more than double what they were a year ago. They had Winchester 30-30 shells for $28.99 for 20 rounds!!! WHAT???? I have two boxes of CCI, a box of Remington, and one box of CMC .45ACP, 50 rounds each. The price tag on them says $11.99 and $12.49. A non-shooting friend thought he was doing me a favor buy buying me a box a while back. He paid $33.99 for a box of 25 rounds. I couldn't believe it. Do the math; that's more than $11.00 PER MAGAZINE. What the hell? Let me point out that nether Obama, nor the Democrats, did this to us. It was done by the fear mongering tactics used to sway public opinion during elections. It was done by the same people, the same lobbyists, the same companies, and the same party that spread this kind of fear. It didn't benefit ANYONE except the huge corporations that were already making huge profits; The chemical companies like DuPont, the largest ammo sellers like Wal Mart, and the largest gun sellers like Wal Mart and Dicks Sporting Goods. Follow the money trail. It is all there in black and white. Look at the senators and congressmen that receive the most lobby money from these people. It's time to wise up, people. We are being taken for a ride by the very people that claim to be protecting our rights and our sport. So you think there is a huge effort to take our guns? Here is an eye opening statistic: "Measured in dollars, in 2007, gun rights political spending on lobbying totaled $1,959,407 versus gun control spending of $60,800." If the "antis" wanted to take your guns, don't you think they would spend more than $61,000 to do it? All that talk last year was just another excuse to jack up prices. I'll bet you that, even if the next president is a Republican, the prices WILL NOT be coming down. We've been had!! Thanks for letting me vent. I have to go set up my reloading bench now!