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Stay out of the South for a bit, Obama.

I don’t think Obama should be travelling to the Deep South in an open motorcade any time soon:

Sales of rifles, pistols and ammo are surging in parts of the United States, as many gun owners fear President-elect Barack Obama’s administration may seek to tighten ownership of certain weapons. “The day after the election, I had many more calls than usual from people looking for semi-automatic rifles,” said David Greenberg, the owner of the Second Amendment Family Gun Shop, in Bisbee, Arizona, who sold out of AR-15 rifles in recent days. “There seems to be a fear they will be banned, and it’s fairly likely,” he added. “Obama and Biden are driven to eliminate firearms from the face of the country.”

This despite Obama and Biden supporting the right to bear arms – but apparently this bit here is what has caused the panic:

Obama stated his support for the right to bear arms during campaigning, although both he and Biden back a permanent ban on assault weapons — military style semi-automatic rifles — and “common sense measures” to keep guns away from children and criminals, positions which spurred concern among some gun enthusiasts.

Yes, it’s just awful that a President might not want kids to get accidentally shot or want to make it harder for criminals to buy assault weapons. My one thought on this is: If Obama really did take the measures that some of these gun nuts fear, then all the guns they are buying would be illegal and they’d have to run them in anyhow. So, why waste the money on a gun and ammo that you’re afraid may be banned? My immediate answer that comes to my head is that some of these folks are probably going to try to pretend they don’t have one of these hypothetical banned weapons and break the hypothetical new law in doing so. A rather glaring contradiction in they’re afraid the 2nd Amendment is being violated, but they’re already blatantly advertising they’d break any new laws that might force to them to give up weapons that only the police or military should be in possession of.

UPDATE @ 2:37pm: More ugliness not unrelated to the above column:

Sarah Palin’s attacks on Barack Obama’s patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign… The attacks provoked a near lynch mob atmosphere at her rallies, with supporters yelling “terrorist” and “kill him” until the McCain campaign ordered her to tone down the rhetoric. But it has now emerged that her demagogic tone may have unintentionally encouraged white supremacists to go even further. The Secret Service warned the Obama family in mid October that they had seen a dramatic increase in the number of threats against the Democratic candidate, coinciding with Mrs Palin’s attacks.

5 comments to Stay out of the South for a bit, Obama.

  • “”
    My one thought on this is: If Obama really did take the measures that some of these gun nuts fear, then all the guns they are buying would be illegal and they’d have to run them in anyhow.
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    The last AWB did not have a surrender component-it banned (retail) sale and importation of certain items.

    “”
    A rather glaring contradiction in they’re afraid the 2nd Amendment is being violated, but they’re already blatantly advertising they’d break any new laws that might force to them to give up weapons that only the police or military should be in possession of.
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    What contradiction? The 2nd Amendment, if properly applied as written and with the same universality of the other parts of the Bill of Rights, should render such statutes unconstitutional. Also, any honest reading of the militia references in the text would make any portable weapon (arms) suitable for military or police use to be appropriate for private possession as well.

  • WesternGrit

    I think Scott is thinking of the recent crackpot, right-winger (KKK) threats – which clearly indicated “the South”.

  • Mark

    Just because they’re buying guns (whether it be in Kansas, the Deep South, or anywhere else…) doesn’t mean they’re planning to shoot the President’s motorcade with them.

    Staying out of pellet gun range of Dick Cheney, however, remains sensible counsel for all members of the transition team.

  • Pete is actually right, none of those states are in the “deep south”

    also, with a president who favors a ban on such weapons, are you surprised at all that people might seek to get them ebfore they are banned? Why do you imply American southerners buy guns to shoot black people?

  • Pete

    Hmmm, the story details gun shops in Arizona, Texas and Kansas, yet you think he should stay out of the Deep South. Any particular reason why you would try to inject a racial element to this story? I mean, aside clearly “progressive” nature such stereotypical comments would represent.

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