Ever since the election of President Barack Obama, gun store owners have reported massive increases in sales of firearms and ammunition. Attendees and sellers at Knob Creek can confirm that. Ron Hansen, a retiree from Michigan, grumbles that the ammunition supply at the show has “declined dramatically” since the displays of only a year ago. Myron Moore, a seller making a brisk trade in pistols and clips, explains that sales spiked right after the election and have slipped only a little because people worry this will be their last chance to stock up. “I’m selling everything Obama’s trying to ban,” he laughs.TPJ: Does anyone really need an AK-47 besides the military? I know that it doesn't say in the second amendment that you can't own an AK-47 but it also doesn't say that you can own a tank or an nuclear tipped ICBM (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile). I'm talking about fully-automatic assault rifles or machine guns not the semi-automatic rifles that are covered in the assault weapons ban. I don't have a problem with people owning semi-automatics as even your regular, old pistol could be considered semi-automatic. Though I do worry how easy it may be to make those semi-autos into full automatics.
The noise, loud enough to interrupt a conversation outside of the gates, is deafening inside. Earplugs are not mandatory, only recommended, but everyone has them, from flimsy foam things handed out near the entrance to shapeable rubber plugs on strings to full-coverage, noise-deadening headphones. Every thirty-odd minutes a loud horn blares, and the shooting begins — dozens of Brownings, AK-47s and mini-guns open fire, some with armor-piercing rounds, on a range of broken-down cars, flaming barrels, and metal cans.
However, if you think owning an AK-47 is going to protect you from a government gone totalitarian then you're dreaming. An AK-47 can not compete with M1-Abrams tanks, modern artillery, Blackhawk helicopters, predator drones and the rest of the modern Airforce. Here's is Obama's general view on guns and gun control:
As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private property but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it.
TPJ: That doesn't stop the crazies from whipping each other up in a frenzy of paranoid conspiracy thinking:
This is a place where vendors can sell T-shirts that read “The Fourth Reich: Obama-Biden 2012,” and “Hitler Gave Great Speeches Too..” and, most succinctly, “Fuck Obama.” It’s somewhere for people with hard-to-explain interests in World War II memorabilia can pick up items from Wehrmacht uniforms (”I’m putting the stuff together to make me a German officer,” says a man buying a Wehrmacht officer’s cap), Adolf Hitler mousepads (”Next time… no more Mr. Nice Guy”), and coffee mugs with Nazi commanders’ faces etched on them.
Alan says that he gets the real story on the threat to gun-owners from Mark Koernke, the militia leader who hangs around the show until the end, wearing Swiss camouflage and carrying copies of “How to Start and Train a Militia Unit.” He thinks that the revolution against the government in Washington and “the corporation of the United States” will begin this year, kicked off by some Lexington and Concord stand-off. He gives one attendee some advice about how to take care of his Mauser. “When this is used in the next war,” Koernke says, “it’ll be part of the victory weapons that liberated America. ‘Yeah, my granddaddy used this in 2011! It was a hell of a fight!’”
TPJ: It makes me wonder if they WANT this supposed "coming war" as I get the feeling some of these people wouldn't mind instigating something, which is unthinkable. I hope law enforcement is keeping close tabs on some of these people. Of course the vast majority of gun owners are law abiding Americans, reasonable, sane, good people--not all by any stretch are kooks like some of the ones at that gun show. However, what I was trying to convey (in part) by listing those examples is how dangerous that propaganda can be--some of it even being pumped into minds via conservative talk radio.
Take for example the guy in Pennsylvania who gunned down three police officers because he was afraid that President Obama was going to take away his guns using the police as a proxy. There are people out there who are on the edge and amping up the rhetoric that Obama is coming to take away your guns is playing with fire. Obama believes in regulations on firearms, which is only natural when you consider how potentially dangerous they can be. We regulate everything else that has a dangerous potential--including fireworks, alcohol, cars, etc. so why shouldn't we have sensible regulations on guns?