Barack Obama hastens gun, ammo sales; Sarah Palin first in line?
What's happening in Alaska undoubtedly is happening throughout rural America. Gun sales are brisk, particularly for military-style weapons, because people are concerned about stricter gun laws after Barack Obama becomes president and Congress begins leaning more to the left.
The Anchorage Daily News today ran a story under the headline "Armed and nervous in Alaska."
Jack Murray, owner of Alaska Shooters Supply, is quoted: "Obama is the best gun salesman we've had in the last 50 years." Murray added that the day after the election, he sold more guns than in any single day in 21 years. "I was crying all the way to the bank," he said.
Nationwide, perhaps because of an expected Democratic victory, FBI background checks on prospective gun owners increased 8% in a period ending Sept. 30, compared with the same period in 2007.
Ammunition is selling at a rate that would indicate an impending invasion, because of feared ammo taxes. "I've probably sold 70,000 or 80,000 rounds of ammunition over the past couple of days," Ken Feinman, manager of Wild West Guns, told the Daily News. "I think there's an element of panic going on, and it's pretty much universal among the shops here."
A sign atop his store reads "Huge Obama Sale ... Buy, Sell, Trade." (See photo.)
Wayne LaPierre, president of the National Rifle Assn., has been quoted as saying, of Obama, "I don't think he'll be able to stand up to that anti-Second Amendment wing of the Democratic Party that's just been spoiling for a chance to ban America's guns."
So far, Sarah Palin, the now-famous governor-huntress, has not chimed in on the issue. But do you think Alaskans are talking about her while waiting in those long lines?
-- Pete Thomas
Photo credit: Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News