Thursday, November 6, 2008

The dateline is Denver, but this story about guns is very much about rural culture

Kirk Johnson reports for the New York Times that "sales of handguns, rifles and ammunition have surged in the last week, according to gun store owners around the nation who describe a wave of buyers concerned that an Obama administration will curtail their right to bear arms." The story's dateline is Denver, and some of the reporting is out of Houston, but there's also this out of Montana:

David Nelson, a co-owner of Montana Ordnance & Supply in Missoula, Mont., said his buyers were “awake and aware and see a dangerous trend.”

Mr. Nelson said sales at his store had risen about 30 percent since Mr. Obama declared his candidacy. “People are concerned about overreaching legislation from Washington,” he said. “They are educating themselves on the Internet.”

In Colorado, would-be gun buyers set a one-day record last Saturday with the highest number of background check requests in a 24-hour period, according to figures from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Guess these gun buyers didn't believe (or didn't hear) what Mr. Obama said at that campaign stop in Lebanon, Virgina, which was covered in my post here.

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