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Happiness is a warm gun: ‘Totalitarianism with a human face’(Why are so many Americans buying guns?)
The Hill ^ | May 1, 2012 | Bernie Quigley

Posted on 05/01/2012 6:06:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

I was invited via an email from Cabela’s 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 Cabela’s. 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 Cabela’s 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 Huxley’s 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 Collins’s 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?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; bhofascism; firearms; hungergames; martiallaw; obama; palin; tyranny
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thirteen Charlie? I actually met some of those there. Twelve Bravo here. I went through OSUT at 31 years of age and graduated. ;-)


51 posted on 05/01/2012 10:46:16 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

No, Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade at Ft Leonard Wood. That was the thing we shouted at BCT. My MOS was 96B, intelligence analyst. Wasn’t OSUT, went to Fort Huachuca for AIT.


52 posted on 05/01/2012 11:09:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: familyop
We use to load 556 with more applicable bullets, the fmjs ain't that good for hunting I guess, but did kill caribou with the 556's. Just when all the new calibers started coming out, it made the AR's such a better gun. I still use my 30-378 but the AR's are now my go to guns for most everything. All my kids wanted to take the 338 fed this past moose season, The one bull I shot with it did the 3 side step shuffle and hit the ground. I want to get an AR in 300 wsm, but I hear they just are problems right now. I get another AR just for hunting about every year, doubt if I'll ever buy another 556. Friends have those POF 308's made in Arizona I think and luv them too.

I'm getting ready to start baiting my barrel in another week or so and also planning on spending some time for grizz up on our summit. I luv it up here, cold weather and all.

53 posted on 05/02/2012 12:16:27 AM PDT by Eska
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To: familyop
We use to load 556 with more applicable bullets, the fmjs ain't that good for hunting I guess, but did kill caribou with the 556's. Just when all the new calibers started coming out, it made the AR's such a better gun. I still use my 30-378 but the AR's are now my go to guns for most everything. All my kids wanted to take the 338 fed this past moose season, The one bull I shot with it did the 3 side step shuffle and hit the ground. I want to get an AR in 300 wsm, but I hear they just are problems right now. I get another AR just for hunting about every year, doubt if I'll ever buy another 556. Friends have those POF 308's made in Arizona I think and luv them too.

I'm getting ready to start baiting my barrel in another week or so and also planning on spending some time for grizz up on our summit. I luv it up here, cold weather and all.

54 posted on 05/02/2012 12:19:20 AM PDT by Eska
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They sense it, something has changed and is changing. This is not the same America as it was 5 years ago. I myself feel we are headed toward rougher times possibly ending in a a civil war in the more distant future if things don’t improve.

The recession, Obama’s radicalism, the TEA party, the ideas of the Internet(information) age have all conspired to change us as a people.

We are thankfully more aware of our liberty and God willing the forces that worked to bring that about will continue to do so. Nothing is more important than our individual liberty. For there can be no free or just country who’s individuals are made subjects of the state. Armed with that awareness and a growing knowledge of what it will take to defend that liberty we might stand a chance of coming out of this better than we were when we went in.

But make no mistake the journey ahead will not be like the journey behind.


55 posted on 05/02/2012 2:32:59 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: lentulusgracchus

“Until you get to the 600-pounder. Or he gets to you. More gun, son.”

Over the last 3 years we’ve had an invasion of feral hogs on the ranch. For years I carried a Styer 243 for taking out coyotes and learned real quick it was a little light for bigger hog’s and lacked the firepower when you ran into sounders. My truck gun now is a Panther Arms LR 308 and it can reduce the population of a large sounder pretty quick. The first year I took 14 hogs with the 243 since the LR I’ve taken 42 the second year and 56 last year. I’m at 27 so far this year, I fear I’m fighting a losing battle. The did a Helo hunt on the ranch to the west and took 230 in 2 days.


56 posted on 05/02/2012 3:35:44 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; elkfersupper; Signalman; cripplecreek; JRandomFreeper; Traveler59; Bryanw92; ...

Here’s why citizens are buying guns. People need to be able to protect themselves.... This story deals with members of the MSM being beat up ... Link has the full story:

http://hamptonroads.com.nyud.net/2012/05/beating-church-and-brambleton

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Wave after wave of young men surged forward to take turns punching and kicking their victim.

The victim’s friend, a young woman, tried to pull him back into his car. Attackers came after her, pulling her hair, punching her head and causing a bloody scratch to the surface of her eye. She called 911. A recording told her all lines were busy. She called again. Busy. On her third try, she got through and, hysterical, could scream only their location.

Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton.

It happened four blocks from where they work, here at The Virginian-Pilot.

Two weeks have passed since reporters Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami - friends to me and many others at the newspaper - were attacked on a Saturday night as they drove home from a show at the Attucks Theatre. They had stopped at a red light, in a crowd of at least 100 young people walking on the sidewalk. Rostami locked her car door. Someone threw a rock at her window. Forster got out to confront the rock-thrower, and that’s when the beating began.


57 posted on 05/02/2012 3:47:43 AM PDT by GOPJ (Had a Christian minister yelled at a bunch of gay students - the New York Times would have covered i)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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 Huxley’s 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 Collins’s Hunger Games. So system shock will be greater, with greater difficulty to adapt when new realities arise.


“...system shock...”

Indeed!!!

The events of yesterday clearly illustrate the fringe elements of a larger, and more violent uprising when the vunerables and the entitlement crowd don’t get their piece of our pie...

Ohhhh what a day that will be when they believe once again by pushing the right buttons, breaking the wrong window, rioting in the wrong niegborhood will be their undoing...

Some people may have a lower threshold than I, and thats ok...I can put up with a lot of crap...But when you cross the line, be prepared to never be that unhappy again...

It really is a shame, and the whole mess we are in was broadcast to us with plenty of time to avoid it, if we had shown up at the polls...

I figure the same mistake will happen again, and we’ll have another 4 years of this socialist in the WH, a divider, not a leader who demonstrates any credible leadership or responsibility, much less accountability...

So I guess the powderkeg is set, the plug is out and a nice pile of powder is ready for that spark...

Whats funny is the people causing the unrest don’t believe we’ll fight back...

When it does, everyone will lose that day...

Everyone will be disappointed in the end...


58 posted on 05/02/2012 5:05:43 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Occupy the Gun Range!!!)
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To: GOPJ

The potential for more Travon incidents has never been greater...

Thats what they want...


59 posted on 05/02/2012 5:07:49 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Occupy the Gun Range!!!)
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To: Jack Burton007

“If you think there is a difference between Romney and Obama then you have sold your soul to the devil and you’re an idiot.”
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I defer to Soros on that, he has assured us there is no practical difference between the two. On the other hand maybe there is, Romney may be the more dangerous at this point. He seems to fool some people who were never fooled by Obama.


60 posted on 05/02/2012 5:23:23 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: JRandomFreeper

Last I checked.

Do these people know how stupid they sound? Two sentences and the guy has lost all credibility. Besides, what is he even talking about? Handguards? Sights? Carry handles? None of those things have anything to do with the actual round being fired (which, as far as I know, is what actually does the damage).

It is essentially the equivalent of arguing that a leather steering wheel cover, a new stereo, or a shift knob would make a Corvette faster. It hurts my brain. Anybody who’s ever fired a gun and held an AR can tell you that a lot of the standard equipment is cheap and uncomfortable. I don’t know what the Cabela’s e-mail said, but I’d guess they were just pushing things like MOE grips, handguards, stocks, and BUIS.


61 posted on 05/02/2012 6:15:49 AM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Did you see this?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2878896/posts

Many blacks beat white couple, media bury attack...


62 posted on 05/02/2012 8:42:15 AM PDT by GOPJ (Had a Christian minister yelled at a bunch of gay students - the New York Times would have covered i)
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To: GOPJ; All

Yep, it is only a matter of time and opportunity before a mob like this tries this on someone who is armed and prepared to defend themselves...


63 posted on 05/02/2012 10:09:01 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Occupy the Gun Range!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I don't own an AR. I don't even have a gun.”

The ignorance of this author is positively breathtaking. Yes, an AR can be an automatic rifle, but in this instance AR stands for ARMALITE RIFLE. (Of course, then you’d have to tell this sharpest knife in the drawer what the ArmaLite Company was.)

The AR-type rifle is arguably the most copied rifle clone next to the M1911 and the AK. Every major manufacturer has their own variant of this iconic rifle — Remington, Ruger, Colt, S&W — plus a host of others. Stag Arms even build left handed versions of the rifle for the 1 of 5 people who soot from the other shoulder.

It boggles the mind where Mr. Bernie Quigley has been living since Mr. Obama was inaugurated in 2009. I can only think it is some parallel universe. Ignorance can be cured, but stupidity is forever.

64 posted on 05/02/2012 10:43:17 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Great post, your #45. Thanks


65 posted on 05/02/2012 2:16:12 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: SVTCobra03
Then why does the US military use M4's for close quarters combat?

Lowest bidder meeting minimum specs?

66 posted on 05/02/2012 4:56:46 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: SVTCobra03
Then why does the US military use M4's for close quarters combat?

Lowest bidder meeting minimum specs?

67 posted on 05/02/2012 4:57:09 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: familyop

Think Beirut Lebanon in the mid 70’s early 80’s. Or perhaps Northern Ireland from the early 70’s to present.


68 posted on 05/02/2012 7:18:11 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: Nebr FAL owner
"Think Beirut Lebanon in the mid 70’s early 80’s. Or perhaps Northern Ireland from the early 70’s to present."

Guerrilla warfare? Now that would keep me away from the cities for sure. ;-) IMO, criminals in our USA are too spoiled and soft for that kind of action (which is a good thing), but we'll see.


69 posted on 05/02/2012 11:49:52 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: familyop

Actually think religious/ethnic/political brawl/blood feud & that would keep a lot of folks away from anything to do with this country.


70 posted on 05/03/2012 11:04:45 AM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: backwoods-engineer
Well, thank you for the kind words.

Now if we could just get an indictment against AG Holder. In Arizona. There's your pluperfect gun-grabber.

71 posted on 05/03/2012 2:08:19 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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