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I haven't posted a diary for awhile  ( taking time off after the election I guess)....but I feel that I have to post something today about the dreary reaction of some of my co-workers to Obama's announcement today on gun control.....it's disappointing to say the least...more after the fold.....

I work with some people who are just in love with guns!  It's a new experience for me becasue I have never been in such close proximity to real gun lovers before.  We've had our arguments and discussions before.. They have been amicable enough, no frothing at the mouth like that one dude on you tube.  Aside from our disagreements on guns, they are very nice guys and I like them on a personal basis.  

BUT  they are just dead set against any regulations concerning their guns, and I can't make them see a cause and effect relationship between guns in the home and violent gun deaths in which we lead by far any other so-called advanced nations..  Personally I just can't see why anyone would want to have a gun, unless you are an avid hunter.  Guns are designed for one purpose only......TO KILL OTHER PEOPLE    

But these guys talk in such an an admiring tone about their guns like other guys talk about their cars, or a boat they might have.  And their reaction to Obama's announcement today???  They are running around trying to buy assault rifles before any ban goes into effect.  I had a manger call into our office frantically asking one of our gun lovers, where should he go and what should he do to circumvent any ban....

I just asked these guys today , point blank...Why do you think you have to have a gun or an assault weapon in your home?   And I finally got an answer that I think pretty much defines the gun mentality.....They need it for protection, from any bad guy that might want to break into your home.....but it goes beyond that..........These guys told me the govt. has automatic weapons, so I NEED TO HAVE THE SAME
FIREPOWER

So there it is finally.....the paranoia, that if the government comes for you , you have to be prepared...( and just for the record I don't live in the South, I live in San Diego)

A thousand Newtown massacres is not going to change this mindset....it is deeply ingrained.....and very discouraging......

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    " We're all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can."................Will Rogers

    by tvdude on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 03:53:26 PM PST

  •  Do they ever stop (4+ / 0-)
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    tvdude, ericlewis0, Smoh, WakeUpNeo

    to think that if they have to have what the government has, they have tohave  nuclear missiles, jet fighters, big ships and submarines, as well as tanks and armored personnel carriers?  Why stop with a semi-automatic rifle and a high capacity magazine?

    •  You should go to a big gun show... (7+ / 0-)

      ...Your co-workers are moderates.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:18:08 PM PST

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      •  my coworkers (2+ / 0-)
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        are atypical for the area,  a couple hunt, most don't own guns.  We're also an enclave of Democrats surrounded by Republicans.

        The local population has all sorts of big guns, grenade launchers, things that can get a person arrested, and does from time to time.  I'm just a short trip down the highway from the youtube gun guy, Keith Ratliff,  that was found shot dead.  Folks take their guns seriously.  

        Typical college high jinks include bomb making.

        http://www.wsbtv.com/...

        I really don't need to go to a gun show, just the local flea market.  There was an ATF sting there just recently.

      •  I drove from Seattle to Boise with a buddy (1+ / 0-)
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        of mine so he could go to a gun show once. Interesting experience. He bought 2 SKSs for $300. It was like a buy one get one free deal. In his defense they were for an art project at the art institute. He was never able to use them anyway because the art institute doesn't like it when students bring ak-47 look alike guns to school. He had to make molds of them and now they adorn the wall above his couch.

        Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

        by psilocynic on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:57:25 PM PST

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    •  Why stop at semi-auto rifles and large mags? (0+ / 0-)

      Maybe because an individual can actually carry them??

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:51:39 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for the first-hand report. Scary! nt (3+ / 0-)
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    I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

    by peacestpete on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 03:59:01 PM PST

  •  If They Want One, Why Don't They Have One? (5+ / 0-)

    What are they, sheep? If they wanted one, why didn't they buy one years ago?  If ownership of parrots were being banned, would they rush out and buy a freaking parrot?

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:18:40 PM PST

  •  A former boyfriend of mine had never owned a (4+ / 0-)
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    gun, as far as I know, until the ban on automatic weapons. He had to rush out and buy an Uzi while he still could. For what? I don't know, but he had to have one before he couldn't.

    So he put that thing under our bed.

    Whenever I was in the bed, there was always that ghost of a monster underneath me taking all my attention. And that is when you absolutely don't want anything ELSE long and hard stealing the attention.

    Eventually, I had to move out for my sexual sanity.

    I hope he enjoys cuddling up to his automatic weapon.

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    by pucklady on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:22:43 PM PST

  •  Who's the little beauty in your avatar? (0+ / 0-)

    (I'm trying to think of happy things)

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    by Smoh on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:29:59 PM PST

    •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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      She is the reason the Newtown massacre hit me so hard, I just can't imagine anything so horrible happening to her, I don't even want to think what those parents are going through....As Presidnet Obama says we owe it to our children to be able to protect them...

      " We're all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can."................Will Rogers

      by tvdude on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:36:09 PM PST

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      •  tvdude - your co-workers are out of luck (4+ / 0-)

        assault weapons are sold out across the US and there is a 12 month backorder for the most popular models. The used market is still very active, although prices are up because of the lack of new supply. If they find an assault weapon to buy they are also going to find it difficult to purchase ammunition. The most popular sizes of ammo are also sold out. There has been a national run on guns and ammunition that started the day after the Newtown tragedy.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:02:22 PM PST

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        •  Jesus... (1+ / 0-)
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          I had no idea!  All I heard and saw on the news was the popularity of gun buy-backs after the Newtown tragedy...People were so disgusted they wantedto turn their guns in....What a sad reaction to this tragedy....

          " We're all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can."................Will Rogers

          by tvdude on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:07:34 PM PST

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        •  I've never seen it so bad (2+ / 0-)
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          9mm, 7.62x39, .308(7.62x51), .223(5.56x45)

          All the popular military calibers basically, but even fucking .22lr are hard to find right now where I'm at.  All the bulk ammo is being bought up.  This shit is crazy and probably even more effective than an actual ban on anything.  

          "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

          by Texas Lefty on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:13:04 PM PST

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  •  I believe the military use (0+ / 0-)

    full autos. And they have pretty heavy duty armor. So, yeah, if the government comes for them in the form of our military, then their bushmaster ar-15 really wont do them any good against a full auto m-4 combine.

    Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

    by psilocynic on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:50:17 PM PST

    •  psilocynic - I think all this armed action against (5+ / 0-)
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      the federal government is complete nonsense talking. That's not going to happen in the US.

      However, don't ever think that well armed locals can't compete with modern weapons. I recall some skinny guys in black pjs, sandals, and AK47s that made my life hell even though I could call in air strikes and artillery. And we have seen in the middle east lightly armed citizens fighting advanced weapons, and winning.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:07:53 PM PST

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  •  Well you do have to wonder... (3+ / 0-)
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    if the government is perfectly willing from local to state to national administrations to crush a bunch of peacefully protesting OWS hippies with violence, what are they going to do to the paranoid and well-armed right-wingers?

    Obama: self-described moderate Republican

    by The Dead Man on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:52:30 PM PST

  •  It is deeply ingrained (0+ / 0-)

    But it is just a vocal minority.

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:53:06 PM PST

  •  These people (0+ / 0-)

    should be so goddamned fucking ashamed of their juvenile behavior.  I can't even react in an intelligent way to this shit.  Christ.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:16:44 PM PST

  •  So let me get this straight (1+ / 0-)
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    • There's movement right now to make it impossible to purchase certain kinds of firearms and magazines legally after an unknown date.
    • People are trying to beat the ban.
    • They're somehow acting paranoid or shamefully for trying to beat the ban.

    Right.

    Call me when the intellectual chaos is over.

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    by maxomai on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:53:53 PM PST

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