November 14, 2008
Gun Nuts

My psychiatrist son, Matt, emails this:

I have been dealing with the fallout from the election nearly every day as my more vulnerable and psychotic patients were genuinely frightened by the advertising portraying Obama as a dangerous man, and they have trouble understanding the difference between “Obama” and “Osama,” and now they are fearful and even more frightened that the world does not see the threat that so obviously looms.

This last fear is unwarranted, however. Much of the unmedicated world is also quivering before the peril that looms:

From North Carolina:

“People are very, very worried,” said Dean White, general manager of the firearms academy, gun shop and indoor shooting range. “We’re seeing a lot of people who have never even considered purchasing a handgun before coming in and saying that they want to buy one just because they think something’s going to happen and they may not be able to get it in the future.”

From Arizona:

But Barack Obama is good for business. Last Wednesday, the day after Mr. Obama beat Arizona’s own Mr. McCain to become the president-elect, Mr. Chee sold $30,000 worth of guns — mostly the semi-automatics the National Rifle Association claims Mr. Obama’s administration will restrict.

“The election came, and now it’s just a madhouse in here,” said Mr. Chee, 31.

From Pennsylvania:

Soon after Barack Obama won the presidential election, Dennis Dupler bought an assault rifle that he had wanted to protect his home, fearful that a Democratic White House and Congress will impose gun-control laws or taxes on firearms…

“I have a feeling there’s some bad stuff down the road,” said Dupler, of Elizabethtown, holding his rifle purchase Thursday at a gun shop near his home.

From Oregon:

During the week of the election, Flying Cloud sold over 20 AR-15 semiautomatic rifles. It typically sells four or five in a given month’s time … In the past couple of weeks, Smith said the low-end price for a AR-15 at his store has jumped from $900 to $1,050.

From Illinois:

“The best defense against the Obama Gun Grabbing Machine is a solid show of force by law-abiding gun owners,” said Pearson. “The most forceful display of support for gun rights is for citizens to enthusiastically exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. By keeping the gun shop cash registers ringing and the FBI background check computers humming, citizens will send a very clear message that they do not take challenges to their rights lightly.”

And more from Pennsylvania:

Same thing in Brodheadsville, where American Sport Shooting owner Richard Flynn has seen an 80 percent increase of gun sales starting a week before the election. “People are stockpiling ammunition too,” Flynn said…

“The other thing that has people concerned is talk of a civilian security force equally funded as the military. Run by [Obama], I guess. We see that as the Gestapo,” Flynn said.

“The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. It is about being able to protect ourselves against a government gone bad, which is what we have now,” Flynn said. “When a president wants to set up his own national army, that alarms people…”

“Let’s look to Hurricane Katrina. Government agents were going door to door, beating on doors, asking if they had guns, and taking them away,” said National Rifle Association spokesperson Ashley Varner. “It has happened in recent history. Let’s not say it could never happen.”



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 14, 2008 12:39 PM
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How come the girl with thee gun in the picture is a lefty? We lefties don't need guns. We kill with our bare hands.

Posted by: Old Lefty on November 14, 2008 3:28 PM

Time all you pinkos took a reality pill. How can anybody expect to rack up a respectable body count at the high school without an assault rifle?

Posted by: ALister on November 14, 2008 3:53 PM

i found this in a comment thread to a post by "dr." helen smith over at pajamasmedia:

"The most dangerous thing we have to face in America is the fact that almost half of the population doesn’t have to pay income tax. Those people have no incentive to keep government spending down. Hell, why should they? They’re not paying for any of it! They will always be able to be bought by the demagogue who promises them the most bread and most exciting circuses.

The second most dangerous thing is the vicious partisan hatred between the parties. America is getting poorer because we run a horrible balance of payments deficit and ship 700 billion per year overseas to people who hate us. Tough times make for people who are angry and looking to take it out on someone else. If what I’m seeing on the blogs and in my own circumstances is the general reality, we’re not far from taking it to guns.

Actually, I think a lot of people will welcome that. When it’s over, there won’t be any more problems with a recalcitrant opposition. Spain was quiet for forty years after Franco crushed the left, and a lot of Spaniards think the last 30 of them were the best years Spain has ever had. Most Russians, having been conquered by Communists who killed or exiled a lot of their political opposition, probably wouldn’t think the years from 1917 to 1992 were the best years they’ve ever had. Some do, however."

i sure hope things improve fast enough and that the FBI and ATF are on the ball.

Posted by: karen marie on November 14, 2008 4:06 PM

The truth is that between TV news and fear mongering politicians (mostly but by no means always Republicans) we have been reduced to a nation of sniveling cowards. Terrorism an existential threat to a country of our size and power? Give me a break. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, England, Spain, Germany, Russia, Japan, Palestine, Israel, etc. etc. have all lived with terrorism for years. As have the nations we've inflicted terrorism on -- Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Indonesia, the Congo, Vietnam, etc etc. It ain't the end of the world, folks. Not even the end of the United States, unless we use the threat of it to destroy our nation from within. Which the spoiled stubborn brat in the White House nearly did. Hopefully President Barack Hussein Obama will put an end to that.

Posted by: Red Tide on November 14, 2008 4:17 PM

Canvassing in Las Vegas neighborhoods, the anti-Obama voters were usually the ones with "Beware of Dog" signs and bigger fences than their neighbors. Fearful people.

Some of my relatives, liberals old enough to remember the '60s riots, were afraid of violence on Election Day if the election appeared to have been stolen, but they're satisfied now that we are past the danger point.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on November 14, 2008 7:22 PM

Oops, sorry about grammar in the above. I was the canvasser, not the anti-Obama voters.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on November 14, 2008 7:40 PM

Look how Obama's boosted the economy already, and he isn't even in office!

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on November 14, 2008 10:58 PM

Some of us don't need the false hope of guns. For those of us who have in the past fallen into the absyss in the past, into the dark recesses of insanity, we need attention from our psychiatric professionals. I'm afraid the system may be overloaded. For some of us, the old medical regime is not enough and the fear is palpable that we may fall over into the abyss again unless more help is forthcoming. Been there, done that and have no desire to descend into the darkness again.

Maybe Chuck can put himself on the fast track. There are more of us out there than every before and getting in for help is quite difficult. The cures are not difficult if given the proper help.

It's not easy to admit these things, but the risk is real. I can only speak from personal experience. Perhaps others may have more insight.

Posted by: Buck on November 15, 2008 8:38 AM

I'm reminded of the Simpsons episode, Who Shot Mr. Burns, in which Barney, reeling from the fumes of the Burns slant-drilling (hello April Glaspie!) oil rig, wonders, Where's the inflated sense of self-esteem? Then he realizes he has a pistol in his hand, and says, Ah! There it is.

Yeah, one thing about therapy is that as the economy tanks you get lots of clients. Problem is, they can't pay.

I know. I just started therapy myself over my infatuation with a lesbian. I'm lucky to live in San Francisco where low-cost options exist; I paid $25 for my initial consultation.

My mom is a therapist back east, about an hour's train ride from New York City where a therapist was hacked to death by a patient with an ax. All we need is a shitload of gun-toting wackos.

What would really improve the world is a buncha folks who care about grammer, like Martha.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on November 16, 2008 10:36 PM

What's your therapist's name, Chuck? I need help with my Rachel Maddow infatuation.

Posted by: Aitch Jay on November 16, 2008 10:55 PM

Chuck, four hours from Manhattan, we had a psychiatrist's wife/office manager shot to death by a patient last year; he was gunning for the shrink, who was late coming back from lunch.

That isn't the reason why I got out of the field, but it is why I decided not to practice from a home office. Where I worked had a panic button on the wall of each therapist's office, connected to both the receptionist's desk and the police station.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on November 17, 2008 1:39 AM
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