The Washington Post went to the National Gun Show in Chantilly, VA yesterday, and they seem amazed that people went there to buy…wait for it…GUNS!
With an AK-47 slung over one shoulder, Marco Hernandez offered one word when asked why he was in the overflow crowd at the gun show, billed as the largest east of the Mississippi.
“Obama,” he said, standing in front of the Expo Center. “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the possible gun ban.”
Like others, the 29-year-old Wheaton resident was in the market for an accessory some lawmakers and anti-gun advocates want to restrict: a high-capacity magazine.
I’m shocked that when the government is planning to stop the sales of a currently legal item, that people would suddenly feel a need to have that item. Of course, many are buying the weapons because they know it’s a fairly good investment. If the government bans the manufacture of more AR-15s, the ones which are already out here become worth more. It’s simple economics. I bought my M4 for about $700 last Spring. I challenge you to find one for that price now. High capacity magazines that sold for $10-15 two weeks ago are going for $60 today, if you can find them. I saw Cheaper Than Dirt was selling a 100-round magazine for ARs for $100 two weeks ago and then last Monday it was $287, today they are out of stock. A hundred-round drum which sold for about $100 two weeks ago is $600 today.
From the Post;
Gun dealers requested nearly 5,150 background checks on purchasers in Virginia eight days after the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Conn. — the largest number ever in a single day, Virginia State Police said. And in the days since, the daily number of background checks has regularly doubled corresponding totals from the previous year.
It’s simple economics. Like I told Old Trooper on the phone yesterday, we’re going to have the heaviest armed civilian population ever thanks to Obama.
But if you really want to read some moonbattery, check out the comments to the Washington Post article. Apparently, we’re just buying these weapons so we can sell them to criminals. Either that or we’re going to start defending ourselves against black helicopters. All at the bidding of our masters at the NRA.
If you look at the demographic of who is attending and buying these weapons of mass destruction, you will see it is WHITE MEN… sound familiar? The same demographic of the GOP. Seriously. How ridiculous! Stay afraid, be afraid, stay afraid is an OLD worn out rant. Bushmaster and other semi-automatics were NOT what our founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the 2nd Amendment. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
I was in the Army so I know all about weapons. That’s why I oppose ownership of sem-auto rifles and support much better background checks and mental evaluations. The current background check, NCIC, is a joke. I’m surprised they even bother with it. Illegal aliens, restraining orders, etc., that all slips thru. I also find that many of the pro gun people are nutty as hell. They go to the range once a year and almost kill themselves. They think they will stop an intruder and they end up shooting one of their kids going into the fridge at 2 am.
How many gun crimes will be committed from what was sold at this show? How many more children will die? When will the United States learn that more guns does not equal less gun crime?
Baseless supposition – but that’s how liberals keep the ignorant on the reservation.