[Homestead] Gun sales staggering
bobford79 at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 9 13:02:44 EST 2008
No, semi-automatic Kalashnikov rifles (derivates of the fully auto Kalashnikov ak-47 assault file) are not assault rifles. They fire in the
same manner as your uncles .22. They just 'look' mean. They do carry a deadly round, but so do most large game hunting rifles..........bobford
--- On Sun, 11/9/08, Lynn Wigglesworth <lynnw1366 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> From: Lynn Wigglesworth <lynnw1366 at hotmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Homestead] Gun sales staggering
> To: bobford79 at yahoo.com, homestead at lists.ibiblio.org
> Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008, 10:49 AM
> I know nothing about guns, but what I saw on the news said
> that the biggest demand was for guns like AK47s. Isn't
> that an assault rifle? Do guns like that have a legitimate
> Lynn Wigglesworth
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "bob ford"
> <bobford79 at yahoo.com>
> To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2008 11:29 AM
> Subject: [Homestead] Gun sales staggering
> > This is from the Denver Post. I have been seeing
> articles like this from all over the country. The one thing
> most reporters get wrong is 'assault' in the
> description of rifles. These rifles operate exactly the
> same as a 12 gauge semi-auto shotgun or 22 rifle that my
> grandather bought before my birth, and I owned before I was
> 10. I think these reporters typically have as little
> experience with or knowledge about firearms as many of our
> > I'll be going to one of the largest gun shows in
> the country , next month, just because it is local. I
> rarely go to gun shows, and lord knows I already own plenty
> of firearms and ammunition. But, it does give a good
> barometer of how things are going in 50% of the country.
> Well, with guns, more than 50%. A simlilar article in a
> Texas paper had the shop owner taling about a middle age
> couple coming in the day after the lection, wearing Obama
> shirts, worried that they needed to buy more weapons, right
> away..... ;-) ........Between Clinton , w/de congress,
> and obama, w.dem congress, this country will have quadrupled
> the number of civilian owned firearms in under 20 years. It
> is a gret time for one industry anyway.........bobford
> > http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_10910395
> > Home > Denver & the West
> > Obama's record on firearms triggers run on sales
> in state
> > By Jason Blevins and Nancy Lofholm
> > The Denver Post
> > Chris Walker, left, an employee at Jerry's Outdoor
> Sports in Grand Junction, shows an AR-15 assault rifle to
> Chuck Porter of Fruita. Porter and other gun enthusiasts
> have concerns about President-elect Barack Obama's
> record on firearms. (Photos by Barton Glasser, Special to
> The Denver Post )Related Articles
> > Nov 7:
> > Fears of a Dem crackdown lead to boom in gun
> salesBuying guns, for fear of losing the right to bear
> themGRAND JUNCTION — John Faulkner and his wife, Brenda,
> thought Wednesday was a good day to buy a handgun.
> > "I'm 37 years old, and this is the first time
> in my life that I am really scared for our future,"
> said Faulkner, an oil field worker, as he perused the
> collection of weaponry in A Pawn Shop here.
> > At Aurora's Firing Line gun shop, Steve Wickham
> was also purchasing. "Anything I can get my hands
> on," he said as he cradled a $699 9mm handgun.
> > Same thing in Lakewood: "I was selling guns
> before I even opened the door," said George Horne,
> owner of The Gun Room. "It's gone completely mad.
> Everyone is buying everything I've got on the shelves.
> Sales have been crazy."
> > By midday Wednesday, the Colorado Bureau of
> Investigation's "Insta- Check" background
> check — required for the sale of a firearm and typically
> about 8 minutes long — was jammed with waits lasting more
> than two hours.
> > Gun-shop owners and buyers said the urgency was fueled
> by Barack Obama's presidential win and Democrats'
> increasing their majority in Congress.
> > "I'm here because of Obama," Wickham
> said. "I think he's misinterpreted the Second
> Amendment. It's not about the right to hunt. It's
> about the right to defend yourself."
> > The Grand Junction pawnshop is decorated with bumper
> stickers: "Obama 08" with hammers and sickles on
> each end, "Obama for President of Afghanistan" and
> "Don't Be a Victim. Buy a Gun."
> > Potential threats outlined
> > Buyers, who were mostly going for assault rifles and
> handguns, were sighting them on the bumper stickers.
> > Behind the cash register, a list issued by the
> National Rifle Association outlines the potential threats a
> President Obama would have on Second Amendment gun rights:
> prohibitive excise taxes on guns and ammunition, bans on
> sales and transfers of all semiautomatic weapons, bans on
> right-to-carry permits and more.
> > One customer left with two new assault rifles and said
> he had already bought 30 weapons since
> > A variety of assault rifles and other guns sit on
> display at Jerry's Outdoor Sports in Grand Junction,
> Colo., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. (The Denver Post | Barton
> Glasser)Obama began his campaign for president.
> > "And look at this," he said, unwrapping a
> black rifle from a plastic cover. "I'm not talking
> BB guns."
> > Across Colorado, gun shops reported brisk business
> Wednesday as hunters and gun enthusiasts began to stockpile
> in anticipation of a Democratic president and Congress
> whittling away Second Amendment gun rights. The FBI is
> reporting that gun sales have increased 10 percent over
> purchases at this point last year.
> > Jerry Stehman told an endless wave of customers at his
> Jerry's Outdoor Sports store in Grand Junction to come
> back in two hours to pick up their firearm purchases. For
> the past 10 days, Stehman said, customers have been
> gathering cases of ammunition and multiple guns.
> > "We don't know where this character is coming
> from or what he's gonna do to us," Stehman said of
> Obama. "But I can tell you it's been good for
> business." The crush of business shows no signs of
> > "It will be extremely busy until Obama decides to
> do anything," said Richard Taylor, manager of Firing
> Line, which bills itself as Colorado's largest gun shop
> and has seen its stock of assault rifles dwindle from
> several dozen to a mere few in recent weeks. "And
> that's the real problem, the uncertainty of what he is
> going to do."
> > Obama, who reportedly has never fired a gun, has
> followed Democratic Party lines in his Senate and Illinois
> statehouse votes regarding gun control. He supported the
> controversial handgun ban in Washington, D.C., which the
> Supreme Court shot down earlier this year. He has voted in
> favor of several gun-control measures and increasing taxes
> on ammunition and firearms.
> > "A deep-rooted hatred"
> > The 4 million-member NRA dedicated $15 million of its
> $40 million campaign this year to painting Obama as a threat
> to the Second Amendment. In a mass fundraising letter sent
> to members this summer, NRA president Wayne LaPierre wrote,
> "Never in NRA's history have we faced a
> presidential candidate — and hundreds of candidates
> running for other offices — with such a deep-rooted hatred
> of firearm freedoms."
> > Obama's campaign, in a statement labeled
> "Supporting the rights and traditions of
> sportsmen," said he "will protect the rights of
> hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own,
> transport and use guns."
> > Gun owners worry that a Democratic administration and
> Congress would support a return to President Clinton's
> gun ban, which lasted 10 years before sunsetting in 2004.
> That ban prohibited magazines capable of holding more than
> 10 rounds and certain semiautomatic assault rifles with
> cosmetic features such as lugs for attaching a bayonet.
> > "Not only are they likely to revisit the Clinton
> ban, they will possibly make it more restrictive by banning
> more types of firearms altogether," said Tony Fabian, a
> Castle Rock attorney and president of the Colorado State
> Shooting Association, which is the state's division of
> the NRA.
> > Several gun-shop owners contacted by The Denver Post
> on Wednesday said sales had been exceptionally brisk in the
> past two months.
> > "The avid gun owners are picking up items that
> were part of earlier bans or things the Democrats typically
> talk about when they talk about gun control. Anything
> semiautomatic. Magazines for more than 30 (rounds).
> Assault-type guns," said Tim Brough, owner of Rocky
> Mountain Shooters Supply in Fort Collins. "I think
> it's a legitimate concern. Democrats typically want to
> pass more gun legislation, and now you've got a House,
> Senate and Democratic president, so it seems likely we will
> see more gun regulation."
> > Jason Blevins: 303-954-1374 or jblevins at denverpost.com
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