Monday, November 23, 2009

Hey!..Look over there!

I've been watching an intriguing social phenomenon unfold for several months now,and I don't really know how to 'splain it.
I guess it's like the way people rush to empty out convenience stores of all their beef jerky,bottled water,and toilet paper,whenever a tropical storm that might become a hurricane comes within 3,000 miles of landfall.

Ever since Obama was elected president,The Partner,and about half a dozen of his closest friends,have been on a frenzied mission to stock up on all the guns and ammo they can lay their hands on...I mean,..all of it!
We're talkin' several trips a week to Mall-Wart,gun shops,and every sporting goods outlet in the county,not to mention weekends spent across state lines at gun shows in an effort to procure every last cartridge of powder bearing mayhem they can legally carry home.

Now,'s the deal...Apparently,once a Liberal became President,the word went out across the land that 'OUR GUNS ARE GONNA BE TAKEN!'..
..It's really a national crisis.
So much so,that stores of ammunition everywhere are being cleaned out as fast as they stock the shelves.
More often than not,the plaid shirted counter person has to inform The Partner that, 'We've had that calibre on order for 3 weeks!'...'Blame Obama'.

I've scoured the interwebs for any pending legislation the Obama administration has put forward in an attempt to deprive us of our 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms,and came up empty.

As near as I can figure,The manufacturers of firearms and ammunition have been forced to work 'round the clock,and quite naturally,raise the price of their products in order to alleviate this critical 'shortage'..
It occurred to me that perhaps this particular industrial complex may have an interest in promoting this near hysterical arms race.
Could be a profit thing,..but I just don't know.

When I suggested this to The Partner,he dismissed it as just so much more cry-baby Liberal distortion of Obama's socialist agenda.
Then he asked me if I wanted to sign a petition against a proposed new law in California that would require anyone purchasing ammunition to provide fingerprints.
A law being put on a fast track by our beloved governor Arnold Schwartzenegger,...a Republican.



At 7:31 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Hey!,,I'm the first one to comment on my blog!
..That almost never happens.
I just wanted to say that,while I have no desire to own a gun,I will steadfastly defend a citizen's right to do so.
The Partner and his buddies adhere scrupulously to all the rules and reg's that apply to the ownership and use of firearms,and that's okay by me.

At 8:41 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

I love the idea of the gun companies concocting all the fear in the minds of conservatives so they can run too the bank.

I personally think everyone should be allowed to have waterguns. Even the gangbangers.

At 9:47 PM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

I don't get the American gun obsession. But I DO share the American obsession with Elmer Fudd and all things Looney Tunes which, now that I think about it, may provide an insight into the gun thing!

At 10:06 PM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I think every one should have a gun..right after they take a i.q. test..if they can't pass gun...stupid people should not be allowed to own matter the law..and you know that obama hasn't said one fecking word about guns since he was running or since he was was drummed up by the nra and gun they're not stupid..but the schmucks buying them are..sigh*

At 10:34 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Sage- When waterguns are outlawed,only gangbangers will have waterguns!..I'm sorry,that's just how I feel.

Elizabeth- Sadly,the American coalition agianst laughing out loud at cartoon violence has sucessfully banned Elmer from Saturday mornings.
You can still find him on late night cable however.

Yellerdawg- I can't own a gun,what with a felony conviction and all, I guess the stupid thing definitely applies in my case...and that's as it should be.
You're also correct about Obama being decidely silent about any kind of gun control,except to say that he stands squarely behind the second amendment.
I'll be among the first to tell him to keep his hands of my Bill of Rights,should the occasion arise.

At 11:19 PM , Blogger booda baby said...

I'm too tired to post a proper comment, but I just heard about this happening - in my case, in Montana. I'm ALL for being super vigilant about our rights - hell, yes - but this seems characterized by big fat misinformation and squeaky squealing and emails being flung around, promising all sorts of doom and gloom and gun confiscation or regulation.

Whoever's behind the 'fear mongering' (which kind of makes me giggle; you'd think gun owners would be WAY less susceptible to fear mongering. Wouldn't you), I'm mostly intrigued by the high drama of it all.

At 9:44 AM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

Went to a Pet Expo at the local convention hall last weekend. They shared the hall with a gun show next door. There were stickers plastered here and there depicting President Obama as Hitler, the Joker, etc. It was a little scary. But I guess right wingers and gun enthusiasm go together like bread and butter.

At 11:08 AM , Blogger jan said...

I think it is clever marketing by gun and ammo manufacturers.

And any time people think there is a shortage of something, there soon is. I remember once johnny carson said there was a toilet paper shortage. Word spread and the toilet paper flew off the shelves.

At 11:20 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

i guess ammo is like flu shots, as soon as people think it's in short supply everyone wants it whether they need it or not.

i've had the same boxes of ammo for 20 years.

At 12:23 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Booda Babe- It really is drama of the highest order.
Rush writes the script,the Boehner and Bachmann types do the choreography,and their little troupe of actors play their designated roles to an adoring audience.

Thinker- It astounds me how seemingly intelligent people can let easily debunked lies govern how they go about their lives.

Jan- The gun maker folks are lovin' this!..I'l bet they help get Obama re-elected in 2012.

Billy P.- The last time I was at Wall-Mart with The Partner,he purchased 5,500 rounds of ammo.. damn near cleaned 'em out..
He could go deer hunting every day for 2 years,and still have bullets left over.

At 2:19 PM , Blogger Mom said...

I just think this is very scary. So many lies. So many gullible people.

At 7:36 PM , Blogger secret agent woman said...

Why would any law-abiding person object to being finger-printed before buying a gun? I think it's an excellent idea.

At 8:10 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Those right wing gun nut types freak me out. Iwanski and I went to observe a right wing (anti universal health care) rally here in Chitown one Saturday...I couldn't decide whether I should try to argue with them or run away. It turns out, I just walked to the nearest Starbucks and had a cup of tea to calm myself down. :)

At 8:12 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

P.S. I realize that the anti universal health care people aren't always the same as the gun nut people, but all too often, they are.

Guns? - yay!

Health care? - boo!

Freakin' craziness.

At 5:33 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

Steve has 3 super they count as weapons? My neighbors feel the same way as the partner...and that they can't have personal gardens all because of Obama...ummhum.

At 6:30 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Mom- It's the gullibility thay confounds me the most.
The alternative explaination is that they are making a conscious decision to be ignorant,and that's even scarier.

Secret Agent Woman- My understanding is that the requirement will be to give fingerprints whenever buying ammunition..I think the complaint is that it's a way for the government to keep track of gun owners more closely..I have mixed feelings about this.
The closest comparison I can make for myself,is that I refused to have a retinal scan performed at my last eye exam.
What if they discover all that porn I've been looking at?
It's none of their business. ;)

Miss HP- Oh,..I choose to argue with them!..Once you've challenged their fabrications with a point of fact,they tend to move on to less fertile minds.

Rosie- Oh,..I'm dying to know why Obama won't let them grow thier own radishes.
I don't have a personal garden because I'm too lazy to tender it..all those tiny seeds.

At 8:43 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

My grandfather always had a rifle behind the bed head...and told me age 5 that it was for keeping away all the redheads!!!He'd been a widow since his wife died in her 30's...but he had me thinking that redheaded women had been invading his home...

Dad had a couple for rabbit shooting and wild ducks which we got to eat, lead shot still in the duck at times...

IN Australia after the Port Arthur tragedy they tightened the gun laws big time...can still get a rifle but its pretty they say only the criminals have the guns in Australia.

Don't know about the politics of Obama or the opposition party...or the rights or wrongs of what has been said or done...but it was always thus in politics...

Our crime and murder rate has gone up in spite of the guns being taken away...and you are right Sling its everyone's right to bear arms responsibly...

I choose not to have one although out of town i could have one... for feral animal control...I do have a couple of cans of pepper spray which i would use...where I might be slow to use the gun

At 8:45 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

Ohhh Elmer Fudd...thats our Prime minister except Mr Rudd would never smile like that... when he smiles it feels like he's going to vomit all over you.

At 12:58 AM , Blogger more cowbell said...

I have several supersoakers. I don't know, I'm not saying I want to take rights away, but our country is way more screwed up on the murder track than are countries where every Tom, Dick, and Bubba do not have guns. And does one really need multiple assault rifles to take down Bambi? Things are just getting scarier here, and all these creepy loners in trenchcoats just couldn't do the same damage with a knife, or hell, even a taser. I don't know what the solution is, because things are already so far gone, but the polarization is getting scarier.

I wish the gun fairy would just magically turn them all into nerf guns in the night.

At 10:59 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Middle Child- We have a rather nice pistol in our house,and by 'we' I mean someone who's not me.
It's kept unloaded,and locked in a safe.
I don't know the combination,and I don't wanna know.
This is hunter's country around here.
Some sort of critter is always in season,and I think it's safe to say that upwards of 90% of households are armed..still,gun crimes are a real rarity..Hiway 99 is much more dangerous.
Just about every week you hear about head on collisions...I have no real point..just an observation.

Cowbelle- I hear you on the assault rifle thing.I'm thinkin' if you need one,you're probably up to no good.
I think about the proliferation of guns in this country,weighed against my steadfast convictions against chipping away at our Bill of Rights,and it makes my head hurt.

At 7:11 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

It's precisely the combination of wing nuts and guns that makes me very, very nervous.

At 7:27 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Rainey- One of my favorite qoutes in movieland,(the particular flick I can't remember right now,but it starred George Clooney),is..'I'm not worried about the guy that wants 10 nuclear weapons,..I'm scared to death of the guy that only wants ONE!'..I guess I'm saying that all these weak minds are essentially harmless,..and we should be more wary of the subtle machinations of those that would influence them.
..End of pontification.


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