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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gun fetishists, and those being steered into buy-now, apply-now, think later.

I'm NOT Teri Gessell in the story.
Just a bimbo with a Barrett, to show pretty lady stuff.
You got the green, Barrett's got the machine.
What the NRA is all about. Think Green. (photo credit, here)

WCCO, this link:

Anoka County Gun Permit Numbers Soar
A law to ban assault weapons could be introduced soon. And Minnesotans are worried about their future ability to get guns.

On Monday, Anoka County received 49 applications for permits to carry handguns – setting a new one-day record. That topped the previous record set on New Year’s Eve.

Two years ago, Teri Gessell’s husband had a stroke. Two months ago, she decided she’d feel safer with a handgun.

“Because he’s not really a protector anymore,” Gessell said.

So she applied – along with her brother-in-law and sister – for a state permit to carry. That means she’s able to take a handgun anywhere it’s allowed in the state.

“I just decided to do that just in case I wanted to bring it to my office with me, or I want to carry it somewhere. So I would be following all of the laws,” she said.

Gessell says right after President Obama’s reelection, she feared that gun laws would soon change.

“I’m wondering what they’re going to do with the gun laws, so if I could be grandfathered in, I wanted to do that. I don’t know how that’s going to work,” she said.

Any legislation expected to be proposed wouldn’t necessarily apply to Gessell’s gun. But it’s that uncertainty that had people showing up to their sheriff’s office’s service windows around the state. You have to apply for a permit to carry in person in Minnesota.

Cmdr. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says permit requests are piling up.

[...] In Anoka County, the work to process permits has doubled. The monthly average for the first 11 months of 2012 was 205. In December, it was 409.

“We’re pushing our staff at their limits to get these out on time,” said Sommer.

In Minnesota, only handguns are covered under the permit to carry. In most cases, carrying a loaded shotgun or rifle isn’t allowed, but you don’t need a permit to buy those.

The report goes beyond this opening excerpt; again, WCCO, here. Read it all.

Trucks, that is. Mine's Ford. (photo from here, caption added)

Andy at Residual Forces, this link for the latest thinking, also, e.g., here, here, and here, for earlier analysis. Ginning the mill with worry and confusion.

The latest is Obama made a speech and proposed stuff about firearms. The entire thing is fiddling while Rome is still burning. It is a major orchestrated distraction aimed at inflaming passions, both sides, while fiscal matters get less attention and that's how the lobbyists like things, the politicians too, all that.

Here it is. Read all about it. This excerpt:

Although many of the provisions are being characterized as new pork barrel programs that sneaked their way into the bill under cover of darkness, there's nothing new or secret about any of them.

Most of the tax breaks had been scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2011, and as long ago as February, lawmakers were seeking a way to revive them.

Eventually, they were packaged together as the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012. It was so titled because "people need certainty to plan their finances, and businesses need certainty to hire, invest and grow," as Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Finance Committee, said when the committee passed the package in August.

Once it was out of committee, the measure went nowhere. That is, until this week, when — with a lame-duck Congress just hours away from going home without having addressed the fiscal cliff — it was substituted almost word for word into the deal brokered by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

It makes up Titles III and IV of the final bill, with many of the alterations reading like this:

Paragraph (1) of section 7652(f) is amended by striking "January 1, 2012" and inserting "January 1, 2014".

[color highlighting added, italics in original]. That's the nub of the report, the rest is less worthwhile reading. This was no last minute error, it was long-planned pork. Max Baucus is the bastard, you'll remember, who cut the heart out of anything like possible true healthcare reform, with Obama later visiting Montana so he and Baucus could show solidarity. A love-in for Max the Knife. This is the second time Obama has sold out with Baucus a key player, so how many times more?

Kos, here. With links you need to know to have a more educated and informed opinion of how politics is screwing you and family. More than just the feel that it is so.

But wait!

That's not important, because the NRA tells you someone wants to thwart your Glock, where you went and got that permit and can shoot a tighter pattern than Kiffmeyer, (you're a man after all), and that is the government wanting that Glock you carry all over town to feel important and secure, one to be reckoned with, the Glock you used to quell discord and danger how many times was it now? Yeah. Right. Zippo, but ...

That stinking Glock after all is part of your soul and identity, orange cards get mailed telling you so and that soul and identity are under grave threat at present so that you must bellow and rage as the beast your self-image says you are. That's what is important. You're a man! Pound your chest with your Smith and Wesson in one hand, the ankle pistol in the other, to prove that manhood. You are one up on Tarzan who only armed himself with a steel blade, while you have firepower to throw lead all over the place. Wow. You are American icon. You are Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jesse James, you are what the US of A needs in this time of crisis.

Statistically, the threat of dying from inept driving on the highway far outweighs any likelihood of ever needing to pull the Glock, but we are talking mythos and image, true cultural values, not statistics. After all, have you ever read anything statistical on one of those orange cards telling you who is your local endorsed politico?

Max Baucus is bending you over, but Max, he's alright. He got an A+ back in '08. An A, in 2010. He votes with his heart, and his gun. Max may be on you fiscally, but Federal Cartridge loves you and that's the love that matters. You don't hand load, you buy it boxed and buy it over and over. What's not to love in that?

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