November 27, 2012

“‘Obama Is The Greatest Gun Salesman Of All Time,’ Texas Gun Store Owner Says”

And here you right wing nutjobs insisted Obama would kill private industry.  Meanwhile, that shit is booming!

It was reported that Black Friday saw a surge in gun sales with the FBI reporting a record one day background check total of 154,873, breaking last year’s record of 129,166.  Gun sales were so overwhelming that the FBI’s Instant Background Check center crashed twice as the requests poured in.

Jim Pruett, owner of Pruett’s Guns and Ammo in Texas commented on the recent surge saying, “Obama is the greatest gun salesman of all time.  Every time he talks about guns, sales go through the roof.”

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Since Obama was elected in 2008, gun sales have skyrocketed.  Many Americans believe now that Obama has been reelected to a second term, he will tighten regulations on assault weapons and other guns, even try to ban them outright.  Others are preparing for civil unrest should the U.S. economy continue to decline.

A customer of Pruett’s said that he has been loading up on guns for the last four years:

“I called it my Obama hedge fund and we invested substantially into some firearms, some of my co-workers and I,” said Patrick Mendenhall.

Mendenhall said that firearms are a prudent investment and essential for a “worse case” scenario.  “As the economy gets tougher and as the country grows its debt, people are going to become desperate and when they become desperate and they are not feeding their families, they will turn to stealing and robbing and violence,” he said.

It’s the law of unintentional consequences:  as Obama and the left work to create a client-state nation by destroying individual sovereignty and private property rights, building a permanent constituency of government dependents, more and more people are discovering the prudence and virtue in preparedness and self-sufficiency.

Now, certainly, these people are being sneered at and cast as fringe kooks — preppers, survivalists, militia nut jobs, etc. — by those who hope to shame them into accepting their new evolved role as subject to the benevolent State, which among other things will institute a cradle to grave “fairness” and “tolerance” and “equality” that, though the results of which look an awful lot like enforced conformity run by a burgeoning police state, is really not that at all.  In fact, what it is is Utopia!  With a vast political and bureaucratic apparatus in place to administer the perfectly evolved society it controls (for the Greater Good, naturally)!

But at a certain point, when you can survive the loss of heat or the shutdown of an electrical grid for two weeks — when you can provide for your family and keep them safe and protected while all those who rely on government run about confused, carping, demanding, frustrated, only to be met with the whims of politicians, who pick and choose who gets relief first and why — all attempts to ironize away the concept of self-reliance and rugged individualism in favor of the glories of an overarching and protective federal government, a campaign the left has for years carried forth in the academy, in government, and through popular culture, dissipate like the insubstantial rhetorical mists they’ve always been.

And once that fog lifts, people may once again choose liberty over tyranny.

The fact that so many are already signaling, by way of their purchasing habits, that they’ve made the choice, must be cause for at least some concern among the technocrats and managers, the governmental elite who seem to think that we will always and forever follow their rules, even as it is they who are supposed to represent us.

And no bit of snickering by a bunch of feckless snobs is going to change that, it appears.

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:22am
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Comments (56)

  1. What’s an “assault weapon”?

  2. The technocrats and bureaucrats won’t start to worry until there’s a run on tar, feathers, rails, ropes, and lamposts.

    By then it will be too late.

  3. What’s an “assault weapon”?

    The 8 piece box.

  4. my local community college offers a gunsmith program. There’s a business you could operate right out of your garage!

    Some start up costs involved re: lathe equipment I’m sure, but… i see a lot of potential there.

  5. I think assault weapon is generally thought to be a high power, magazine fed rifle with a pistol grip and rails for attachments. Although most of those using the term probably couldn’t describe it like that. They mostly think “military gun” as opposed to “hunting gun”.

  6. All good points. The other thing to think about too is that if Obama gets his chance to pick (God forbid) 1-2 Supreme Court Justices, which he will may (God forbid), I guarantee you one of the primary issues Obama and the Dems is the scope of the 2nd Amendment and will ask the Supremes to tell us “what the Second Amendment” means.

  7. They mostly think “military gun” as opposed to “hunting gun”.

    So is a surplus K98k or a M1903 Springfield a military gun or a hunting gun?

  8. And what military issues a “high-power” rifle as a standard (as opposed to a specialized) infantry weapon?

  9. Now, certainly, these people are being sneered at and cast as fringe kooks — preppers, survivalists, militia nut jobs, etc

    oh YES! As they sit in their suburban houses, with their cushy lawyer jobs (for now), they can’t imagine a scenario where they might need to protect themselves. Because the government would never let it get that bad, surely.

    Although I had one Obamanut tell me that God wouldn’t want me to live in fear – I need to trust! (In Obama! God’s chosen one!)

    everyone needs to remember these stupid conversations so we can remind people later when they come begging for food.

  10. The other thing to think about too is that if Obama gets his chance to pick (God forbid) 1-2 Supreme Court Justices, which he will may (God forbid), I guarantee you one of the primary issues Obama and the Dems is the scope of the 2nd Amendment and will ask the Supremes to tell us “what the Second Amendment” means.

    You mean Heller didn’t settle that question?

    What about PRECEDENT?!?!

  11. So is a surplus K98k or a M1903 Springfield a military gun or a hunting gun?

    They aren’t “assault rifles”, as the people fond of the term think of assault rifles I don’t think.

    And what military issues a “high-power” rifle as a standard (as opposed to a specialized) infantry weapon?

    Irrelevant to those wishing to ban “assault rifles”. To those, high-powered is whatever it takes to hurt you.

    There is actually high powered pellet guns you know…

  12. They aren’t “assault rifles”, as the people fond of the term think of assault rifles I don’t think.

    That’s because they aren’t assault rifles. But every bolt-action huntin’ gun on the market is functionally and cosmetically the same as those standard issue service rifles.

    [T]o those wishing to ban “assault rifles”. . . high-powered is whatever it takes to hurt you.

    Now we’re getting to the crux of the issue.

    Al Capone favored a high-powered assault bat, you know.

  13. Assualt weapons is sloppy speech that people who are unfamiliar with or afraid of firearms tend to use. See: Jouralists and teevee newsies and hipsters.

    Lee, I have one of those high-powered BB pistols. It keeps the racoons away from the house.

  14. I love that movie, Ernst. “Batter up!”

  15. stay outta our Burns and Allen bit leigh.

    At least until we figure out who is Burns and who is Allen.

  16. Now here is a scary looking rifle:

    http://www.ruger.com/products/gunsiteScoutRifle/models.html

    I plan to add the Ruger to my bottom of the lake collection.

  17. *sigh* Okay. Say does anyone need a sandwich or another beer? (She asked brightly)

  18. dammit. everytime you guys post intriguing links to weapons I try to click on it and get my hands slapped by the company’s internet controls.

    sheesh.

  19. It’s a short-barrelled, bolt-action rifle chambered for the .308 Winchester that accepts 3, 5 and 10 round box magazines leigh. It also has a flash hider and a picatinney rail mounted forward of the reciever. Which probably makes it a scary assault weapon according to the state of Clownifornia.

    I wouldn’t mind owning one myself

    If I was interested in things that were meant for killing, that is.

  20. missfixit I mean.

    The problem with you twists is that you all look and sound alike on the internet.

  21. “I wouldn’t mind owning one myself
    If I was interested in things that were meant for killing, that is.”

    I’d say it’s dar less deadly an SUV.

  22. Unintended consequences is what inevitably follows action taken from good intentions, coupled with unbounded faith that you know what you’re doing.

  23. …those who hope to shame them into accepting their new evolved role as subject to the benevolent State, which among other things will institute a cradle to grave “fairness” and “tolerance” and “equality”…

    When the Handicapper General’s agents start going house-to-house, they’re liable to find tens of millions of people who will explain to them how Sam Colt already made them as equal as they need to be. And God help any Supreme Court or Attorney General who thinks those tens of millions are going to play along with their convenient reinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment.

    Who was that Greek guy? Moron Labby or something like that?

  24. I can say that the gun counter at the local Cabelas looked like an ant farm on Black Friday. And their doorbusters really weren’t even that good.

  25. If I would not have had to drive four hours Thanksgiving night to get to Cabela’s, I would have been there at 5 am for the Ruger 10/22 breakdown.

    But yeah, to save $70?

    And guns are distasteful to me anyways.

  26. guns are good for in case of bears but you really hope the bangy bangy noise just scares em off cause shooting a bear is not really something you want to be responsible for

  27. yes! distasteful!

    as my uncle said during skeet shooting last summer, “I won’t use that rifle because it’s been used in war”

    it was a old rifle from WWII, tainted by the blood of murderers.

    (That’s my uncle from California. He’s my idol.)

  28. Shooting bears just pisses them off. You’re better off letting them alone.

  29. Danged human encroachers; serves ‘em right when they’re shamefully eated by the bear.

  30. If that old rifle of his is an m-1 carbine, believe me missfixit, you want it.

  31. pissed-off bear contingency

  32. Sweet!, by the way. Tussles to come staking turf.

  33. I had a friend back in the late 70s who spoke of his Ruger carbine deer rifle with great love. I think it was .44 cal, though I can’t say for sure. But man he prized that gun.

  34. that story makes it very hard to believe there’s a god in heaven Mr sdferr

  35. It could be he slips into the part about “not feeling the pain anymore”. But then on the other hand, that could be some sort of high dosage of hormone settling in too.

  36. Those folks in Wrigleyville aren’t too bright. “My friend walked up to the coyote. . .”

    That story could end two ways.

  37. why would you go into the wilderness without a shotgun?..

    or walk down the street with a concealed handgun?

    (these two statements feel the same to me)

  38. withOUT ugh typos mess everything up

  39. What’s an “assault weapon”?

    Depends on who you’re asking, someone who knows what they’re talking about or a politician.

  40. assault rifle

    not an assault rifle

    (merely another chance to pimp Ruger)

  41. Oooh, the ruger is piston-driven rather than direct gas impingement.

    It belongs at the bottom of the lake with my other guns (shamelessly stolen from Blake).

  42. What’s an “assault weapon”?

    Is this like where some bars have to carry their beer in plastic cups and bottles, because of the cops and paramedics getting really tired of stitching up drunks cut by glass?

    Oh, shit. Now Nanny Bloomberg will outlaw glass and beer!

  43. It could be he slips into the part about “not feeling the pain anymore”. But then on the other hand, that could be some sort of high dosage of hormone settling in too.

    It’s my understanding that, in the case of a legitmate bear-eating, women’s bodies have a way of shutting that down.

  44. Assualt weapons is sloppy speech that people who are unfamiliar with or afraid of firearms tend to use. See: Jouralists and teevee newsies and hipsters.

    Thanks leigh, that’s what I was trying to get at.

    Also when confronted by a bear, the pepper spray for bears is a what you want to use.

    Still comforting to have a .357 handy though…

  45. When I used to wander the wild areas there was a joke about how to identify bear scat — it smelled like pepper spray and had whistles embedded in it.

    I had a 1,800 pound brown bear suddenly pop up on a trail in a remote area of Glacier National Park about 20 feet from me once. I know brown bears don’t get that big, but I was there and you weren’t. A couple days later as we were leaving that trail we passed eight guys on horseback with loaded pack mules. They were bear researchers. Said they came to this area of the park because it was chock full of bears. Good to know.

  46. Charles, I had the exact same thing happen to me! Well, I was in Waterton Park (Borders Glacier on the Canadian side), and it was a little 200 lb brown bear. Course I was only about 125 lbs myself and 14 y.o., so it was a tense couple of minutes.

    I saw a TV show recently where they were saying bears have 10 times the smeller a bloodhound (which have like a 100 times our sense of smell). Anyway, there were a couple different guys with stories how they repelled bear attacks with the spray. Made me a believer in carrying the stuff when I go into their neighborhood.

  47. Just make sure you know which way the wind is blowing, and don’t fire the canister too soon.

    It’s more of a bear distractant than a repellant.

  48. I like to watch brown bears slapping salmon out of the river.

    On teevee.

  49. Wow, that bear attack story is horrible.

    My cousin and I had a black bear stand up against a tree and look us over while we were out walking in the woods in Minnesota. Wasn’t a big bear, probably no more than 300 or 400 lbs. Fortunately for us, it was just curious. It’s a bit startling when a bear appears no more than 30 yards from you. I’d have hated to see if I could outrun my cousin.

  50. It’s more of a bear distractant than a repellant

    The gist of the thing was to get them in the nose. They have such a huge, sensitive sinus cavity, it can literally immobilize them if they get a shot up the snoot.

  51. I’ll leave such daring-do to you guys. I don’t want to get that close to a bear’s nose.

    You’d think if bears had such sensative noses, they’d smell better. Or maybe they smell fantastic to other bears.

  52. They think they do. But the poor dumb brutes are just victims of marketing, convinced that if they drench themselves in Bear Axe body spray, they’ll score them some of that sweet, sweet, bear vagina.

    Idiots… but still more self-sufficient than the average Obama voter.

  53. I figured as much, John.

    I doubt an Obama voter could knock over a bee tree and dig out the honey with a bare paw while ignoring the bees.

  54. leigh, I’m quite sure an Obama voter could knock over a tree and dig out honey..providing there’s an app and the app is free.

  55. Heh. I’ll bet you’re right, Blake.

  56. Cranky. heh.

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