“Md. Gun Show: Long Lines, Short Supplies, ‘Get ‘Em Before They’re Gone’ Desperation”
Hey, looks like even ill-informed lockstep liberals — and Maryland, my home state, is thick with them — can be awakened from their intellectual and political stupor from time to time:
I took a ride up to Frederick, Maryland this weekend to meet a friend at the Fairgrounds for the gun show. What we found was similar to what gun shows and gun dealers are experiencing across the nation: lines and limited supplies.
AR15’s were scarce as were most guns. Ammunition was limited and prices were inflated. The lines were long to get in and the tables were packed.
Gun enthusiasts were buying whatever ammo was available. Magazines were flying out of dealers’ hands.
I spoke to a few gun owners at the show who voiced the same concerns I’ve been reading and hearing for weeks: “I need to stock up now before Obama makes it illegal.”
Since the Newtown school shooting, gun owners have been buying semi-automatic rifles (if they can find them) and high capacity magazines over fears that the Obama administration will soon make them illegal.
Dianne Feinstein plans to introduce legislation on January 22 to do just that. The bill seeks “to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.”
My advice, as always is to get ’em before they’re gone.
Between higher health care premiums, smaller paychecks, and the nearly non-stop attack on personal liberties, I get the feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot of buyer’s remorse here soon. But that’s an argument for a different day, and besides, it ends with ego and doubling down, so best not to broach it here.
Instead, tell me: what’s more disturbing here, the actual attempt to neuter a fundamental right over Dianne Feinstein’s aesthetic sensibilities, or the near foregone conclusion that We the People will be virtually powerless to stop it — especially because the same Court who told us that what was explicitly not a tax becomes a tax for purposes of upholding a law pushed through by a single party against the popular will can’t be trusted to tell lawmakers that no, they can’t arm the police with “military-style” weapons and then insist on keeping private citizens restricted to black powder rifles and revolvers without creating the conditions for a police state?
And what does that say about what our government — of, by, and for the people — has become?
About a week back I went to the Tanner Gun Show here in Colorado (I didn’t buy anything; I was there looking into getting a custom shoulder rig made for a pistol that I hope one day to find at the bottom of the nearby lake into which it plummeted during my skiff accident), and I was told by some of the reps there that it was the single largest gun show in Colorado history. Lines out the door snaked through and around the parking lots. And once you got in, the market realities hit you smack in the face.
As an anecdote, I found a single dealer who had two 20-round SCAR-17 magazines protected on a center table. The cost? $200. Each. Or ten dollars per cartridge position. Just to give you an idea of the mark-up, they retail for about $35 each.
Too, every weapon I saw in the AR-15 platform was marked up a good 40%, often more.
It’s a shame having to watch a free people scramble to gather supplies before their freedoms are forcibly taken away. In fact, it’s surreal.
And yet, so perfectly emblematic I almost want to memorialize the decline and fall with a tasteful set of ceramic dinner plates bearing the picture of plucked bald eagle on a spit, with a legend that reads, “it was cool while it lasted, though, amiright?”