Texans Stockpiling Guns Post-Election Aren't All Political Nuts. Some Just Worry It's the End Times.

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Even after a gunman slaughtered a dozen moviegoers and injured scores more this summer in Aurora, Colorado, President Obama was careful not to utter anything that could be construed as anti-gun. He merely alluded, vaguely, to a need to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. His reluctance to challenge the status quo on gun control (or the lack thereof) was again on display during October's town hall debate in which he briefly alluded to the wisdom of reinstating an assault weapons ban before clumsily changing the subject to education.

But that was all before November 6. With the election over and Obama freed from the restraints of electoral politics, he can now drop his pro-Second Amendment charade and get down to reinstating the assault weapons ban he's shown little appetite for before moving to wrest firearms of all types from freedom-loving Americans. That's the Obama Glenn Beck was referring to when he told listeners to stock up on guns and farmland.

The Real America has taken heed. This weekend saw several articles identifying a post-election spike in gun sales, which have been particularly strong in Texas. The FBI had previously reported an 18-percent spike in firearm background checks in the months leading up the election.

Since then, sales have continued to increase, at least according to anecdotal reports. Sales at Jim Pruett's Guns and Ammo in Houston have gone "through the roof," he told the Houston Chronicle. "It's beyond our wildest imagination." At Cheaper Than Dirt Outdoor Adventures in Fort Worth, guns have been moving at twice the rate of last year, according to the Star-Telegram.

"There's a lot of paranoia out there," Michael Hill, a Cheaper Than Dirt shopper, told the paper. "But [Obama] has nothing to lose now because he won't be re-elected again." Another shopper, Ron Cody, said, "I believe Obama is anti-gun and I think he eventually will try to take them away from people."

That, of course, is a political nonstarter. Even a ban on assault weapons, which seems like it should be an uncontroversial, commonsense public safety measure, doesn't appear to be in the cards, at least in the foreseeable future. Obama is, understandably, more worried about averting the fiscal cliff and a politically induced recession and is unlikely to waste what political capital he has trying to ram through divisive gun control legislation.

Of course, not all gun buyers are paranoid about the imminent arrival of a leftist police state. The Star-Telegram piece closes with Craig Shewmake, who has bought two AR-15s since the election but that he's not particularly concerned that Obama is after his weapons.

"I kind of think end times are coming, so I'm loading up," he said. So there's that.


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Bobby Hood
Bobby Hood

so, some are religious nuts too. Shocking.

Texbard
Texbard

@azwildcatfan94 ... Too many out there already. Will just create a huge black market.

Texbard
Texbard

@azwildcatfan94 ... Short of house to house search, at this point all the gun control laws on the planet will be worthless ...

Texbard
Texbard

@azwildcatfan94 I think mostly fear of laws preventing purchase. The US gun pony left the gate long ago ...

Aaron Dietrich
Aaron Dietrich

Who gives a Fuck Dallas Observer....Guns in Texas are major presents under the Christmas Tree. I know my 6 year old is getting his first Ar-15 this Christmas.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

I suspect If the authority's really want to remove your firearms from your possession  they will do it in such a way that will cause them selves the least amount of publicity and the problems  that would go along with it.

 

Like when the firearms are at  home and you are at work ?

 

 

 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

"Even a ban on assault weapons, which seems like it should be an uncontroversial, commonsense public safety measure"

 There were no safety issues involved in the AWB of 1994.  It was based on purely cosmetic features (and when manufacturers complied with it, the anti-gun nuts screamed "loophole!")

Steve Handy
Steve Handy

Unions and democrats didn't take anyone's Twinkies, Pisa poor managment and bad business did.

Diane Treider
Diane Treider

The paranoia that government is coming for them has been going on for years. Does anyone see tanks in the streets? Has one law restricting rights been passed in the last, oh 12 years or more? This just gets more stupid every year.

John Barrett
John Barrett

How would they even be able to tell Texans were "stockpiling guns" and not just "buying gifts for Christmas"?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The NRA has done its dirty work arming criminals and psychopaths, and they couldn't have done it without the gun-worshiping yahoo shit kickers.  

Junior_91
Junior_91

It's also interesting to me that the meme featured as the graphic for this article contains three men, historically famous for arming their citizens en mass. 

Junior_91
Junior_91

According the Ayers Donahue Article (as I understand it, correct me if I'm wrong), gun ownership did little if anything to deter violent crime. It also did little to encourage it. It did, however, make the violence that occurred slightly more decisive and intense. If you know everyone is packing, you know that you're going to have to pull the trigger (and do it quick), or risk being gunned down by your intended victim. You can say that criminals will ignore anti-gun laws, but you can also wager that criminals will ignore (or at least gamble against) the presence of the guns themselves. Politically speaking, I agree with John Fugelsang. The left won't move on gun control because it's an easy rallying point for supporters and a major point of contention across the aisle. Similarly, it would be politically unwise for the right to move on abortion. The most hotly contested issues are used to rope constituents into a broader array of unrelated ideas and causes. 

rogernorthup
rogernorthup

Is there a corresponding increase in death by firearm?  Because I would assume people are getting guns just to kill other people, otherwise it wouldn't be much of a story.  Who gets a gun just to shoot at targets or for self defense...or just because they still can?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Buy whatever gun you want, just pass an IQ test first. If only.

 

Oh how I wish the Second Amendment took dumbasses into account.

fistofsouth
fistofsouth

Even after automotive accidents have slaughtered thousands of people and injured scores more this year across America President Obama was careful not to utter anything that could be construed as anti-auto. News flash people, anything you can say about guns you can say about cars...well except for the fact that firearms are protected by the Constitution and Cars aren't.Question:  If just ONE person in that theater in Aurora had a CCL and a gun what would the death count have been? Answer; considerably smaller.

DOCensors
DOCensors

"Even a ban on assault weapons, which seems like it should be an uncontroversial, commonsense public safety measure"

 

You seem stupid.

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

Settle down folks.  Jim S is an old school liberal that believes in disarming law abiding citizens and hoping/double rainbowing that criminals will quit using their guns against the unarmed masses.

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

@oakclifftownie Good luck with that.  There are 300 million registered firearms in this country.  100 million of them are registered in Texas.

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

@Diane Treider The greatest threat isn't tanks in the streets.  Do a google search for "currency crisis", "rapid inflation" and "dollar collapse".  Yes it can happen here and yes we are solidly on the path for the US dollar to lose it's status as the world's reserve currency.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Myrna, tsk, tsk, tsk, if anything the NRA has been pushing for harder enforcement of existing firearms laws and increasing the penalties for crimes committed with a fire arm.

It is against federal law for a convicted felon or a psychopath to purchase a firearm.

Besides, what's the latest news on Holder's gun running scheme into Mexico?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Junior_91 The only one who has armed citizens en masse is Obama, and it's been indirectly. (Castro trafficked lots of rifles, and then promptly banned them as soon as he was in control.)

Arming agents of the state isn't the issue.  Every government does that.  It's having armed citizens who are NOT state agents that matters. Gun control in Nazi Germany had a very particular reason, and it was screamed in terror by the Nazis during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: "Juden haben waffen! Juden haben waffen!"

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @j.walter.miller Bullshit. You and the other Right wing idiots buy into the fear that someone is going to take away your guns. Its perpetuated by the gun manufactures to keep the sale and prices of guns high. It's a scam and you dumb asses fall for it and pay those outrages prices for shells TOO!! This LIBERAL gun owner  is tired of paying for overpriced guns and ammo. Thanks ya dumb fucks

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@j.walter.miller @oakclifftownie There are zero firearms registered in Texas.  Texas doesn't register firearms.  The only nationally registered firearms are those with tax stamps under the NFA of 1934.  

Of course, "uneducated and proud of it" has always been the motto of the gun control crowd.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@everlastingphelps I'd prefer requiring simple intelligence tests for everything from voting to guns to breeding, but that'd infringe in the rights of the stupid to have new generations of stupid children.

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

 @GuitarPlayer Do you remember the assault weapons ban?  I think most people realize Obama has nothing to lose.  If some sort of gun ban will appease his masters I'm positive he'll have no problem using an executive order or some other sleight of hand.

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

@DOCensors @j.walter.miller Weapons without serial numbers will get you Federal prison time.  Heck, the ATF had to create a serial number for a historic weapon that went to auction associate with Bonny and Clyde because the original serial number was filed off of the weapon.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@DOCensors @j.walter.miller 

@jwalter .I have a far more sinister view of how firearms could be removed from someones possession.

And it has more to do with a they just happen to take them as they leave. Rather than  They came for them in the first place.

DOCensors
DOCensors

@j.walter.miller I am just pointing out that your statement about registration is false. What about firearms without serial numbers? What about personal transfers? What you are referring to isn't even really a registration either. Some states have a handgun registration but no such thing exists on the federal level for "all weapons"

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

@DOCensors @j.walter.miller @oakclifftownie Every weapon purchased by law abiding citizens is registered with the federal government.  If you are suggesting that the citizens would simply give their guns to the government if demanded you really don't understand America and her people.  I don't think that is what you are suggesting but I wouldn't put it past you.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

Yes, the Dems will not touch gun control like the Repubs will not touch abortion. Its good to talk about it because it gets the base all energized but very much political suicide.

DMZ3
DMZ3

 @j.walter.miller  @GuitarPlayer The problem is it'll cost Obama in the midterms and throw the Democratic Party out of power altogether in 2016 if he does that. The Democrats have largely given up on the gun issue (Obama has even expanded gun rights on Amtrak trains, actually) because it's a giant political loser for them. Most of the public is against gun control and the Dems learned better after getting creamed again and again at the national level, because Republicans could always tell the public that the Democrats were going to take their guns away (and for awhile, this was true). 

 

Plus, the Supreme Court is against them on it. It's just not worth any politician at the national level, or any Democratic congressman or senator outside a solidly blue area, to risk their future on gun control. It's like gay rights is to the Republicans. There are still people in the GOP opposed to it but the writing is already on the wall, and they'll pay dearly if they don't reform on the issue.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @DOCensors   "Being scared of the president who has assassinated American citizens without due process you mean?" - Get over it, Bush has been out of office since Jan, 2009. 

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