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Armed Idiots

Not that this will come as news to any of you, but gun nuts are a bunch of dolts. They're so gripped by the nonexistent threat that Obama will take their guns away that they're overbuying ammunition, with the result that there's a shortage, and thousands of people can't get ammo for their guns. Which means, in practical terms, they'd be doing Obama's job for him, if he had any interest in getting rid of guns, which he doesn't. Fucking stooges.

Here's my favorite part of the article:

Jason Gregory, who manages Gretna Gun Works just outside of New Orleans, has been building his personal supply of ammunition for months. His goal is to have at least 1,000 rounds for each of his 25 weapons. "I call it the Obama effect," said Gregory, 37, of Terrytown, La. "It always happens when the Democrats get in office. It happened with Clinton and Obama is even stronger for gun control. Ammunition will be the first step, so I'm stocking up while I can."

1. What in God's name would you need 25,000 rounds of ammo for?

2. If it's something that's always happened wit Democrats in office, why does he call it the Obama effect? Did he call it the Obama effect when Clinton was president?

3. Why would ammunition be the first step?

4. Best of all, this guy sounds like he lived through the Clinton administration, and so he presumably remembers that there were no gun bans during that entire eight years. And he's around for Obama, so he presumably knows that Obama hasn't banned guns either. So all he's really saying here is "I'm so dumb that every eight to ten years, I waste a bunch of money stocking up on ammo, even though I know that nothing's going to happen." I mean, if he lived through Clinton, he's probably still got all the ammo he stockpiled then in his shed, since Clinton didn't take away anyone's ammunition.

What a bunch of fucking chumps. Small wonder I'm pretty much constantly embarrassed to be a gun owner.


Sep. 24th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Damn, I really thought that guy was being ironic or sarcastic...
Sep. 24th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't this guy still have most of the 25,000 rounds he bought during the Clinton administration? I never hear about any of these guys actually shooting this much.
Sep. 24th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Ammo doesn't .... go bad, does it?
Sep. 25th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
It keeps pretty well over the years, if you're smart enough to keep it dry. Gunpowder and rain don't go well together.
Sep. 24th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
I have a cousin who didn't ustabe this nuts. Maybe it's because he's been living in Florida for several years, and soaking up the batshittery down there.

Are supplies of Depends and other incontinence products running low as well?
Sep. 24th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
What the hell. "'It always happens when the Democrats get in office.'"? What always happens? Systematic ammunition raids in Louisiana? These dudes are so convinced that this is a problem that they are ignoring the actual fact that it has never happened.

The guy does manage a gun store. Maybe he's just trying to drive up business.
Sep. 24th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Not all gun nuts are polemic lunatics.

Amusingly enough, some of the fear is rooted in the fact that Obama is from Chicago, which has some pretty fucked up gun laws, and since Obama is from Chicago, the only logical conclusion must be that he intends to enact similar gun laws federally. Never mind that he's not a legislator, doesn't have an anti-gun agenda, or that the argument is as ridiculous as Lee Marvin in a musical.

What really gets me though, is the rallying cry that "this always happens when Democrats take office" when historically most gun legislation is actually enacted by Republicans.

Unfortunately, Clinton did sign the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 more commonly known as the Assault Weapons Ban. A bureaucratic mess of a law that outlawed weapons based mostly on appearance and not function and was law for most of Clinton's administration. Despite the fact that the Obama administration has repeatedly announced that they have no intention of pursuing or supporting similar legislation, some people have gotten it into their heads that he will anyways, that he's just waiting and biding his time to pounce. Probably because Holder said as much, before being corrected by Obama.

What I've noticed among these kinds of people employing these kinds of arguments, is that they are either unwilling, or incapable of understanding that the President does not control every single element of the federal government. So when some official of the administration says something counter to the administration's agenda, or more importantly, the viewers desires, then they take it as iron clad evidence of the President's intention.
Sep. 24th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
, some people have gotten it into their heads that he will anyways, that he's just waiting and biding his time to pounce. Probably because Holder said as much, before being corrected by Obama.

You are being very kind in suggesting that nuts have reasons.
Sep. 24th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
As a socially liberal left leaning firearms enthusiast, it's in my best interest to be as kind as possible. As a social scientist I spend a lot of time sitting in between very polarized debates attempting to understand both sides and figure out why each have so much crazy.
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing he didn't really do dick under Clinton. He just through Clinton's name into the mix so that the "first step" of his "solution" to the "problem" of a "president" who happens to be a "negro" wouldn't come off sounding "racist."
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Um. Threw. I haven't been awake for very long.
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'm just pissed that Yahoo News (and MSNBC, apparently) are hyping this "Gun Nuts Hoarding Ammo Because of Obama" story to the hills. Yes, it is technically true, but it doesn't do a whole lot to dispel the widely held misconception (read: bald-faced lie) that Obama is doing jack shit to restrict gun ownership beyind its current level of government oversight.

Just like Sarah Palin's "death panels", the Big Lie is becoming the story. And the more widely it is reported, the more people will uncritically accept it as fact.
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)

We're all stupid. The idea is to get to your deathbed without going sooner because of one of the dumber ones.
Sep. 25th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
So what did he do with all the ammo he bought during Clinton's term in office?
Sep. 25th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Not to single out amurka, still being an amurkin and all, 'cause there's obviously crazier spots in the world, but really, I daily thank my husband for rescuing me from the US and shanghaiing (well, sydneying) me to a just-that-much-saner place far, far away.

I mean, John Howard got a few zingers in under the radar, but usually attempts at Republican way-out right-wing Big Lie style hijinks are just met with rolled eyes and laughs in the face.


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