Thursday, August 28, 2008

Changing perspective

Found that link over at Kevin Baker's place this morning, so I clicked to the article and read it.

Kevin found the quote from the salty charter captain to be compelling;
“I just left a sporting goods store and you would think that the number-one selling item would be plywood or potable water or gasoline right now,” he said. “Apparently it is AR-15s and .223 ammo. I watched at least 20 people buy AR-15s and cases of .223.”
True enough, and I am certainly in agreement with the notion that the general populace being armed is a good one, considering the results from the last debacle that was Katrina.

However, Snow writes this, which really got me;
The AR buying spree demonstrates that people don’t think of it as an “assault weapon” but rather an arm that is ideally suited for self-defense...
I think what he's observing is a physical manifestation (purchasing a firearm for personal defense in the face of imminent or perceived danger, based in experience, as it stands) in a tidal shift in the way people (some, anyway) are perceiving the gun, and particularly the detachable magazine fed semi-auto. It's now just a good tool for the job.

The application of reason to the problem of survival. That's progress folks.

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3 Comments:

Blogger DirtCrashr said...

It's a good tool for an independent do-it-yourselfers - but Liberals aren't hands-on guys. Judging from the folks around me in this Blue Sea, they'd rather hire Mexicans to do the job and not get their fingernails dirty - and so who do we find (capture) guarding a pot-plantation up in the hills above Saratoga? A Mexican with an AK!

11:29 AM  
Blogger B&N said...

I have no doubt that you are recanting a true story here.

It is to laugh...or cry, depending on the mood. Regardless, it is fittin doncha think?

12:46 PM  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Fitting indeed! But more to the point that AR's are goign out the door in mass-quantities!

12:27 PM  

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