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Why Americans are
buying more guns

The Week, by Marc Ambinder

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/15/2013 4:54:38 AM

The president of the National Rifle Association says President Obama is to blame for the surge in weapons stockpiling after the recent spate of mass shootings. He´s right. But that´s only part of the story.(Snip)Fear is an extraordinarily powerful emotion. Remember the Boogeyman? The monster who lived underneath your bed? To protect yourself, you´d make sure to have as many stuffed animals as possible. You´d double your blanket armament. Even with your parents´ comforting words, you might even stay up all night. Well, Obama is the Boogeyman. The fear that he´s going to take away guns is legitimate.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PChristopher, 1/15/2013 5:26:33 AM     (No. 9117059)

The reason why Americans are afraid is because the NRA exists to make them afraid, as does (as I and many others have explained) the echochamber that the conservative activist media lives in.

Oh, please. As a long-time NRA member, let me just say that there would be a lot, probably more, to be afraid of if there were no NRA. I for one am glad to be a member. This threat is real and I wasn´t this worried about the country´s future back in the 60´s when it seemed like everything was coming apart. These are very scary times and it isn´t because someone is making up boogeyman stories.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley, 1/15/2013 5:56:07 AM     (No. 9117071)

So a pyro is burning down houses all over and promises to burn down mine. I see him headed for my house with a can of gas and a match. I am supposed to wait and see what he is up to, and not jump to conclusions?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: DWIM, 1/15/2013 6:06:46 AM     (No. 9117074)

Not one mention about training, practice, education, standards publication, historic content, etc that NRA provides. Weak, useless piece, written by one who obviously hasn´t a clue. I wonder how many criminals, convicted of crimes for which there was an associated use of a gun, actually belonged to the NRA (or was a current NRA member)? What? Close to zero? Fear?!? Bunk!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fireman28, 1/15/2013 6:24:55 AM     (No. 9117090)

News reports this week already show homes being burglarized where gun owners live. These owners were "outed" by the media.

So yes, Obama and the media are the Boogeman.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judge, 1/15/2013 6:34:04 AM     (No. 9117096)

The way we are going, the only gun still legal will be a six shot revolver

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Janjan, 1/15/2013 6:35:39 AM     (No. 9117097)

Going after the NRA is the everyday liberal strategy of demonizing any idea or person that gets in the way of their Big Government socialist agenda. A lot of morons eagerly fall for this garbage and Republican politicians are completely incompetent at fighting it. They can come up with as many databases, registrations and confiscation schemes as they want. No one will stop them. But the vast majority of gun owners will not comply. Next move is on them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 1/15/2013 6:50:14 AM     (No. 9117111)

Reply 5, respectfully, I disagree. Leftist seek a grab of all privately owned firearms. They won´t quit until all weapons are the property of big government.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/15/2013 7:00:43 AM     (No. 9117124)

The only logical answer to gun violence is "no guns." That´s what Obama has set his course for.

All his lip-service to the second amendment ("I´m not going to take away your guns" -- eerily similar to "If you want to keep your health care insurance, you can") is blowing smoke.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: AltaD, 1/15/2013 7:28:51 AM     (No. 9117147)

Americans a buying guns because they´re waking up to the fact that Obama isn´t your grandfather´s Democrat. In fact, he isn´t a Democrat, he´s a Socialist. He´s taken much of our freedom via obamacare and next up are your guns. (I´d say our guns but as a Chicagoan who follows the law, I´ve never been a gun owner.)

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Reply 10 - Posted by: philsner, 1/15/2013 7:41:50 AM     (No. 9117167)

#9, how about 1 AR-15? Speaking of "examples from history" that refute your claim about Obama and the left not wanting to take your guns, the last century is chock full of them.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 1/15/2013 7:44:47 AM     (No. 9117177)

#9´s rationale makes the case for limiting the number of soft drink ounces one can consume.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Gorzabozo, 1/15/2013 8:22:25 AM     (No. 9117240)

#9: "Reasonableness" is incompatible with Government and Politics. Ref: US Tax Code, Extreme Environmental Regulation.....ad nauseum.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 1/15/2013 8:37:21 AM     (No. 9117279)

#9, it´s the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of Needs.

Would that poster realize the State is not our Mama and has no rights other than what we, the people, give IT. Not the other way around.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: laotzu, 1/15/2013 8:55:43 AM     (No. 9117319)

They destroyed Bush.

They took down Palin.

They slandered Romney.

Now, they´re going after the NRA.

The March of the Alynskyites. Is it too late to save this Country?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 1/15/2013 9:08:19 AM     (No. 9117345)

Poster 9, you don´t need to live in large house. 100 square feet is all you need. You don´t need a 200 horsepower car, 25 HP is enough. You don´t need to eat red meat, bread, water and rice is all you need. Your level of hyperbole about 40,000 guns cannot be matched, but you get the idea, I hope.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: southernboy, 1/15/2013 9:11:36 AM     (No. 9117353)

#9 "...
Obama is not trying to confiscate every gun in America. No one needs 40,000 weapons in his house to defend his home and family…."

I believe the ultimate goal is to confiscate every gun in America.
And it´s not the responsibility of anyone to tell me what I ´need´ by using ridiculous, exaggerated numbers like ´40,000.´ That´s the first step to ´only one revolver per household,´ which then becomes ´no firearms allowed in private residences.´
I already have to have my background checked before I can purchase a weapon from a store. Since 1934 I cannot buy an automatic weapon such as an AK-47.
NO automatic weapons are available except through the black market, which is where the serious criminals get their guns.
If I want to buy an AR-15 in black or pink, I´ll buy it.
I might even buy two or three. If I want a rifle with a barrel shroud and a pistol grip because I think it ´looks cool,´ I´ll buy it. If I want a Glock 9MM with a fifteen round magazine, it´s no one business but mine.

So stop with this nonsense.

The ultimate goal is disarmament.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: kafir091101, 1/15/2013 10:46:25 AM     (No. 9117555)

#9: I see you are still lurking and oozing you Commie Crap. People like you are part of the Fifth Column in America just like those who provided ‘soft support’ for the tyrants in Russia/Germany/Italy/Japan/China/Cambodia.

Who in hell are you to tell me how many and of what kind of firearms I may have in my home?

What part of ‘Shall Not Be Infringed’ don’t you understand?

The Second Amendment is an invariant. Try to vary it at your peril!

Unfortunately for you, and that Fascist POS in the WH, it aint going to happen here.

If the goose poop hits the fan, we are going to follow the path of Northern Ireland and Yugoslavia and not the path of Australia and Briton.

That will be Obama’s fault with the aid and comfort of people like you.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: kafir091101, 1/15/2013 10:50:44 AM     (No. 9117571)

#9: I meant to have typed ‘your Commie Crap’.

I didn’t intend to imply that you are Commie Crap only that your post was Commie Crap.


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Reply 19 - Posted by: kafir091101, 1/15/2013 12:08:21 PM     (No. 9117774)

#18: Some background on full auto firearms.

Since 1934, you needed a $200 Federal Tax Stamp before you could buy/posses a Full Auto fire arm. That was a way of registering them with the Feds.

Since 1986, the manufacture and importing of full auto firearms, or the components of, was illegal except for Law Enforcement/Military sales/use.

Today as a Civilian, with your $200 Federal Tax Stamp, you can still buy/posses a Full Auto fire arm that was manufactured before the 1986 law went into effect.

How you get your $200 Federal Tax Stamp is a long drawn out process but basically if you’ve been a good boy and you local Police Chief isn’t anti gun and your state doesn’t prohibit machine guns then you can buy any Machine gun, M16/M4/BAR or whatever, that was manufactured before 1986.

There are literally tens of thousands of machine guns in the hands of civilians in America. I once read that there are more of them in civilian possession than owned by US military. I take that statement with a big grain of salt.

No wonder that Witch from San Fran wants them all picked up!!!!!!

As an Independent Operator, I prefer the ‘One Shot/One Kill’ mode of operation although I can appreciate the value of an M16 to get off my last 30 rounds before my light goes out!


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Reply 20 - Posted by: Videodrone, 1/16/2013 12:13:20 AM     (No. 9119115)

Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit run, run, run...

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