Skip to comments.Happiness is a warm gun: ‘Totalitarianism with a human face’(Why are so many Americans buying guns?)
Posted on 05/01/2012 6:06:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
I was invited via an email from Cabelas to trick out my AR. It took a minute to figure that they were talking about an automatic rifle. The picture looked like the M-16 I carried 40 years ago in military service, but more upscale. I don't own an AR. I don't even have a gun. It is usually nice shirts and camping equipment I get from them. So it was a little surprising.
I like Cabelas. When we lived in Michigan I'd take my kids to see their beautiful four-story displays of bears, coyotes, foxes in hinterland settings. It seemed a representative part of glorious northern Michigan known as the UP. I tend to like guns as well. But the AR is not a hunting gun. It is a war weapon and a lot of people are buying them. In fact, guns today are said to be the only bright spot on the economy and Cabelas stock is booming.
But why are so many Americans buying guns? It has been like this for several years now. Since Obama was elected president. The question should be asked in the same way Thomas Mann once asked, "Why are they disinfecting the streets of Venice? Is something dark and unknown rising within us? Is it already here?
We enter seasons ahead unlike any we had seen in the passing century. New trends, ideas and people the Tea Party, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, for beginners tend to bring shock, even apoplexy to the institutionalized and sanctioned establishment. But the institutionalized norms are rapidly passing. Even the movie The Hunger Games brings the predictable scorn and ironic responses on the neurasthenic left and by establishment trend-setters like Vanity Fair and The New York Times. The rising times will not be like the receding times and these new trends mark the rising times. And so does this phenomenon of rapidly rising gun sales.
In the early part of the last century, the Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung developed "psychological types" which Myers-Briggs and other personality tests today are based on because the German national character was rapidly changing and he wanted to know why and what it meant. The great poets and visionaries, Maude Gunn, Yeats and Mann, sensed it as well and dreamed of blood flowing in rivers. Our institutionalized entertainment, educational and information networks today lacks these canaries in the coal mine. Liberals outnumber conservatives 88 to three in college humanities classrooms and the pillars of public information, the three networks and the two major newspapers are overwhelmingly liberal, yet the population actually breaks about even, liberal and conservative. This is, to say the least, unresponsive; a dream of Aldous Huxleys Brave New World come true which might even be called, to paraphrase Susan Sontag, totalitarianism with a human face a face so accurately caricatured today in Suzanne Collinss Hunger Games. So system shock will be greater, with greater difficulty to adapt when new realities arise.
Mann wrote Death in Venice a hundred years ago this year. And our American world this year appears today to be sending signs of subtle and unconscious change a veiled elephant is entering the room some of them transfiguring, some of them foreboding. Our world changes. The question is, to what?
I had all the hunting guns that I needed by the time I was 16 years old ( .22, 12ga, .25-06).
Every weapon I’ve bought since has been for personal protection, militia obligations, or community organizing.
I bought a lot of gear from Cabela’s when I was in the Army. They sold good stuff.
the comments are cool. i couldn’t get past the 1st paragraph of the article.
The .223 works just fine on feral pigs from all reports. Would love to go hunting them, but youtube vids will have to do for now.
When the writer said our populace outside academaniaca is evenly divided between liberal & conservative, that proved in an instant he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
It’s coming to Civil War II but I predict it will be far shorter and far bloodier than the original. And the good guys will win.
Yeah. Who cut off Bernie's nuts?
Yeah. Who cut off Bernie’s nuts?
I don’t know who this guy is, never heard of him. But after reading the last three paragraphs, I know exactly who he is:
A pompous bag of hot air who likes listening to himself speak.
I am not anti-intellectual. But when the description “Intellectual” is applied as pejorative, it could be applied to this guy.
Well, when the occupant in the White House likes gun control, and the presumptuous, er, presumptive nominee is somebody that signed an assault weapons ban himself, then its time to buy lots of guns and ammo.
Why is it that no one is talking about the proposed United Nations firearms treaty? If enacted, and ratified by our DemonRAT controlled Senate, it would:
1. Enact tougher licensing requirements, creating additional bureaucratic red tape for legal firearms ownership.
2. Confiscate and destroy all unauthorized civilian firearms (exempting those owned by our government of course).
3. Ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons (any that have magazines even though they still operate in the same one trigger pull one single bang manner as revolvers, a simple fact the ant-gun media never seem to grasp).
4. Create an international gun registry, clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation.
5. Override our national sovereignty, and in the process, providing license for the federal government to assert preemptive powers over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in addition to our Second Amendment rights.
To oppose this effort, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) has introduced legislation to prevent any arms treaty from infringing the right to keep and bear arms in this country. The Second Amendment Sovereignty Act, S. 2205, introduced March 19, 2012, would prohibit the administration from using “the voice, vote, and influence of the United States, in connection with negotiations for a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, to restrict in any way the rights of United States citizens under the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States, or to otherwise regulate domestic manufacture, assembly, possession, use, transfer, or purchase of firearms, ammunition, or related items, including small arms, light weapons, or related materials.”
I encourage my fellow FRiends to voice their support of Senator Moran’s bill to their state senators.
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Been there, shopped that in 2002 or 2004. They had a huge business coming in off the Interstate to run by their displays and counters. License plates from all over. Me, I was from Texas.
They noticed, because now there's a Cabela's in north Houston, and another I drive by over in Baton Rouge, on my way to my sister's place in New Orleans. Yup, they know how to fish for business!
Then why does the US military use M4's for close quarters combat?
The hell it would.
You can't abrogate whole sections of the Constitution by treaty. Every L1 student knows that.
And in case Obozo thinks he can make it stick, he has got a super-ugly education coming to him.
"Experience keeps a dear school, but a fool will learn in no other." -- Franklin
That includes Harvard-educated, or should I say "passed-through", hothouse babies like Obozo.
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?