12.30.12

The holiday season when white men bought the nation out of assault rifles

Posted in WhiteManistan at 2:50 pm by George Smith

One slaughter, one ambush, and a nationwide surge in AR-15 sales and ammunition for them.

Christmas giving may have been off by a percentage point but sales of weapons boomed. Never mind the parties, the Tournament of Roses or the bowl games. All you’ll remember about 2012 was a horrendous slaughter which immediately acted as an economic stimulus for weapons manufacturers, brought on by a part of the right white male demographic no one likes to think about. Because its unified group hysteria intimidates everyone and has become an obvious symptom of a merciless national decline and corruption in the heart.

Dickens could not have described a more bleak social environment.

From the Journal of the American Medical Association, a run down on how the National Rifle Association and GOP politicians silenced gun violence research in the US:

The nation might be in a better position to act if medical and public health researchers had continued to study these issues as diligently as some of us did between 1985 and 1997. But in 1996, pro-gun members of Congress mounted an all-out effort to eliminate the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although they failed to defund the center, the House of Representatives removed $2.6 million from the CDC’s budget—precisely the amount the agency had spent on firearm injury research the previous year. Funding was restored in joint conference committee, but the money was earmarked for traumatic brain injury. The effect was sharply reduced support for firearm injury research.

To ensure that the CDC and its grantees got the message, the following language was added to the final appropriation: “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”4

Precisely what was or was not permitted under the clause was unclear. But no federal employee was willing to risk his or her career or the agency’s funding to find out. Extramural support for firearm injury prevention research quickly dried up. Even today, 17 years after this legislative action, the CDC’s website lacks specific links to information about preventing firearm-related violence …

In 2011, Florida’s legislature passed and Governor Scott signed HB 155, which subjects the state’s health care practitioners to possible sanctions, including loss of license, if they discuss or record information about firearm safety that a medical board later determines was not “relevant” or was “unnecessarily harassing.” A US district judge has since issued a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of this law, but the matter is still in litigation. Similar bills have been proposed in 7 other states.

From a Worcester, MA, newspaper today:

It is perhaps a testament to the pall of shock and sorrow that fell upon the nation after the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary that the tragedy has prompted an urgent run on military-style guns …

Local gun shop owners report they quickly sold out of whatever stock they had on hand and have not been able to order more because manufacturers have no remaining inventory to ship …

Ware Gun Shop owner Michael Weisser sold the nine military-style rifles he had in his store in three days …

He considers the panic buying an overreaction, one largely fueled by speculation in conservative media and dire warnings from the National Rifle Association, the country’s largest gun rights lobbying group.

“There’s all this talk about banning guns that gets around. People come in and say to me, ‘I better get a gun. Obama is going to take away all the guns.’ They don’t really know what they’re talking about, but it’s what they’re hearing and repeating,” Mr. Weisser said.

Calling assault rifle panic buying a testament to the “pall of shock and sorrow” that resulted from the Newtown slaughter is the most perverse lead off sentence I’ve seen this season.

White male middle class sociopaths with little concern for anything but their own fears buy guns en masse and a reporter at a small newspaper, in an attempt to be literary, calls it a testament to a national pall of sorrow. Of course, this is not what journalist Thomas Caywood really meant. Nobody would.

But I guess “Assault rifle sales soared during the Christmas season in a nationally perverse response to the biggest gun massacre in recent history” wouldn’t do.

From the bottom of the barrel in WhiteManistan, comments on YouTube about the above:

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