Guns and Threats

November 21, 2008

Connect the dots.

First up are gun sales:

Gun sales across the county — and the country — are surging in the wake of the Nov. 4 election as fears mount for an incoming Barack Obama administration that some feel might restrict or even strip their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Background checks for people looking to buy guns has shot to unprecedented levels, according to Lance Clem, spokesperson for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Next, we have the highest level of post-election threats against a president-elect:

Threats against a new president historically spike right after an election, but from Maine to Idaho law enforcement officials are seeing more against Barack Obama than ever before.

But since the November 4 election, law enforcement officials have seen more potentially threatening writings, internet postings and other activity directed at Obama than has been seen with any past president-elect, said officials aware of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue of a president’s security is so sensitive.

Earlier this week, the Secret Service looked into the case of a sign posted on a tree in Vay, Idaho, with Obama’s name and the offer of a “free public hanging”. In North Carolina, civil rights officials complained of threatening racist graffiti targeting Obama found in a tunnel near the North Carolina State University campus.

And in a Maine convenience store, an Associated Press reporter saw a sign inviting customers to join a betting pool on when Obama might fall victim to an assassin.

The crazy black Marxist is coming to take away your stuff and give it to the poor. Oh, you think I’m exaggerating the thinking of some? Here’s a sample of comments about gun purchases from a conservative blog:

  • “I want [a gun]. I’m afraid of guns. They scare me. But some things are more dangerous than a gun in the hands of a free citizen of a democracy. Like a Marxist Socialist in the White House… because Marxists have killed 100,000,000 human beings and are the most murderous politicians in world history . . . .”
  • “In the current economic meltdown, it’s not a SWAT team you need to worry about; it’s the drug-addled poor people and crystal-meth zombies who are coming to take whatever you’ve got.”
  • “Remember the 2A is there to keep government from making laws about an INHERENT right. A right given to you by your creator, whether that be God or some sort of primordial soup.”

This is what you get from the conservative media: fear and anger.

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One Response to “Guns and Threats”


  1. […] how exactly will these ideas work when persuasion is not possible? Are we supposed to believe that increased guns sales due to Obama’s election are a sign of peaceful […]


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