Former Father of the Year (2007), John Edwards, used to say there were two Americas. I don’t know if he’s right, but there are two Americas on the issue of gun ownership.
One America is the liberal elite in the media and academia. The other America is everyone else:
The Manchester Gun Show. It’s like walking into Super Stop & Shop, except every aisle is filled with killing machines.
AK-47 assault rifles like the one Michael “Mucko” McDermott used to slaughter seven in Wakefield. Glock 9mm pistols like the one Jared Loughner used to murder six and wound Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in Arizona. Bushmaster AR-15s, like the one used in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater and, right around Christmas, to murder firefighters in ?upstate New York, shoppers in an ?Oregon mall and 20 first-graders in Newtown, Conn.
Then there were tables and ?tables of high-capacity magazines, bullets, shell casings; “Splattering Targets” for $12 (they splatter “blood” when hit); “Chicks With Guns” books; body armor; Sig Sauer backpacks; and antique grenades, swords, World War II helmets, Swastikas and a German ?machine gun nicknamed “Hitler’s Buzz Saw.”
And for the lady gunslinger, “deep concealment holsters,” $45, which would hold her weapon snugly beneath her bra.
“You could arm yourself here to start a revolution,” said John Rosenthal, the gun-control ?activist who was in Manchester yesterday, too. The line wound out the door and down the block. I waited an hour and a half to get in with gun buyers worried about an anti-gun president.
“Hope and change,” scoffed the man behind me.
“Killing machines”, “arm yourself here to start a revolution”, assigning every make and model to a killing spree—why should people fear a gun ban? The reporter sounds so reasonable!
But I just have to laugh. What did she think of the long line and the wait to get in? Did she acknowledge these people as her neighbors? Did she consider their investment in time and money to exercise their rights? Or are they just faceless monsters?
Lest I leave the impression that every person at the gun show was a white male, let me clarify: There were a few women and children, some in tiny camouflage gear.
Leah Morgano, 31, of Milford described a “passion for guns.” Then I asked if she supports a high-capacity magazine ban. They’ve been used in every mass shooting for 20 years, ?after all.
Maybe because she was young, friendly, pretty — and a woman — I’d expected she’d agree with a modest proposal to make it harder to kill so many so fast.
Of course she didn’t. She’s not planning to kill anyone; neither was anyone else there. Amazingly, so many people—men—owning so many guns, there wasn’t a firefight or a shootout of any sort. The reporter must have feared for her life!
I liked this comment by one Ozark_Hillbilly:
Just curious, when you go to a car lot, do you make note of which model cars are driven by drunk drivers killing and maiming more people than any other device? When you go to a liquor store, do you make note of the brand or brew most often selected by those who commit violent abuse to their spouse or children? Now there’s a story we will never see in Boston: alcohol comsumption causes more harm than good; President calls for reasonable restrictions, waiting periods, and prevents alcoholics, parolees, and convicted felons from purchase, possession or consumption. Oh well, life is full of ironies, great and small. Everything said about a firearm goes doubly or triply so, for alcoholic drinks.