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Obama’s Good for Business: Gun Sales Soar

StillStandingHisGround Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 10:20 AM
tuttletacoma, Marc_H, Checkmate, Luscious Lars, TheKenchurianPresident et al (Part 1): Here’s a scenario I could easily see playing out if Obama gets a second term: I think you could very easily see ordinary citizens whose only "crime" is exercising their 2nd Amendment rights who are targeted by ATF start "disappearing" (like people did in the Latin American countries 30 years ago), as they are whisked away to indefinite and SECRET detention by the federal government, under NDAA or some OTHER rationale. Their families will never even be notified of their arrest, or only rarely so, and won’t be told WHERE their loved ones are being held, or under what charge.
StillStandingHisGround Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 10:23 AM
tuttletacoma, Marc_H, Checkmate, Luscious Lars, TheKenchurianPresident et al (Part 2):

If people inquire about this "amnesty" over hotlines or other informational services that the government will set up to handle it and ask what will be done if they DON'T comply with it, the response will be deliberately vague: no ACTUAL threat for NON-compliance will be made, but the response they will get to their inquiries will merely HINT at criminal action.

And at the same time, Eric Holder could announce a step-up of this program referenced in the link I posted in my 8:26am post.

StillStandingHisGround Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 10:27 AM
tuttletacoma, Marc_H, Checkmate, Luscious Lars, TheKenchurianPresident et al (Part 3):

The template I'm thinking of here is how the bank holiday that FDR declared immediately upon becoming president was handled: in order to get back the gold that people had withdrawn from the nation's banks, the Treasury Dept. announced it would start drawing up lists of those who had withdrawn gold from banks and had not redeposited it back yet.

When frightened gold hoarders inquired of the government what action was going to be taken with those lists, they were vaguely told only that if they had gold and wished to return it, the banks would be kept open for them, and reporters would be kept out of bank lobbies. This frightened many people into...
StillStandingHisGround Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 10:29 AM
tuttletacoma, Marc_H, Checkmate, Luscious Lars, TheKenchurianPresident et al (Part 3) redux:

To finish my thought:

This frightened many people into returning their gold to the banks, which allowed the government to issue a lot of new currency.

No EXPLICIT threat of criminal action against people who after all were TOTALLY LEGALLY privately holding gold was ever made by the federal government - but the IMPLICIT threat that the government might do something if people didn't do what the government wanted was enough.

Business is booming in the firearm industry and considering Obama’s feelings about gun control, the irony is almost too poetic.

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“We are underserving the market at this moment, we all know that, and that's a great opportunity going forward for us,” CEO James...