‘We had a shooting, so it went nuts’: business is booming at Oregon gun show | US news | The Guardian

‘Thousands upon thousands of handguns, shotguns, rifles and assault weapons were arrayed for inspection ‘.

At the Collectors West gun show in Portland, Oregon, last weekend, business was brisk.

The show opened its doors just two weeks after the shootings at Umpqua community college, three hours’ drive to the south. Tyler Drake – a tall, relentlessly friendly man in his 20s – was manning the booth for J&B Firearms Sales. He explained that after such shootings “we actually get super-busy”.

The proximity of the shootings to Portland has only enhanced this effect. Distant massacres produce an uptick, too, but “this time we had a shooting in this state, so it went nuts”.

One of J & B’s specialties is tactical weapons. They make semi-automatic rifles conforming to the AR-15 platform in-house, sourcing their parts from local manufacturers. Not all of these are for what the industry describes as “home defence”. Drake explains that “people are hunting deer with these now. They’re versatile.”

Still, since the shootings, he’s seen people coming in to buy several weapons to outfit themselves and family members, or to provide for different scenarios.

“People think: ‘I need to protect myself and my home,’” he says.

And thus our conversation arrived quickly at the crucial sticking point in the debate about gun control. Whereas some see an AR-15 as a source of mortal peril, others see such weapons as a guarantee of safety, as well as a source of pleasure. And it’s only at a show like this that one can get a sense of how this translates into a broader, all-American “gun culture”.

The show filled a cavernous room at the Portland expo center. Thousands upon thousands of handguns, shotguns, rifles and assault weapons were arrayed for inspection and sale on tables rented by exhibitors, some of whom were gun stores or manufacturers, and some of whom were part-timers only selling at shows and online.

But it wasn’t just weapons on offer. There are whole parallel industries offering accessories, literature and pro-gun ephemera.

Alicia Brincat’s Twelve-Six Company makes leather handbags with an interior holster so that women can more effectively carry concealed handguns.

She got the idea after noticing that in warmer months, women’s clothing does not allow guns to be effectively hidden. “For women, the problem is that holsters are a great way to carry, but a lot of women couldn’t hide a holster,” she explains.

Brincat, a mother who lives in rural Oregon, designed a bag for herself a couple of years ago, then found that there was a market for her designs. She now runs a thriving business from her home and sells the bags online to women all over the country. They can choose from existing designs, or create their own combination of colours and styles. “I can do a custom order at no additional charge and make it specific to whatever firearm.”

Then there’s Exotic Firearms, founded and run by buff and chatty ex-marine Ryan Fisher. He sells the Nemesis 37mm projectile launcher, which can be affixed to a simple stock or to the rack on a range of rifle platforms.

“It’s a flare launcher,” he explains. “It’s legally defined by the ATF as a signalling device.” Using it with anti-personnel projectiles would require modification and the sourcing of ammunition, which is not exactly easy to come by.

Fisher sells the launchers with bundles of flares and fireworks, and insists that the main purpose is amusement. Still, when it’s affixed to a gun it looks like the kind of thing that has launched a million grenades in a thousand action films and first-person shooters, which is presumably a major source of its appeal.

Of course, one can’t have a gun without ammo, the manufacture of which is the principal concern of Nate Niece’s Red Skull Ammo, another one-person local operation. He makes ammo at home under federal license, and also sources it for resale from other small manufacturers.

Now and again in recent years, he has struggled to keep up with the demand for certain kinds of ammunition. These surges he puts down to shifts in the political wind. “If a particular candidate threatens bans or changes in the laws, a lot of people want to buy up in case it passes.”

There were big shortages around the election of Barack Obama. In the coming political year, “if Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner, it will go insane, business will go through the roof”, he says.

And herein lies one of the other paradoxes of gun control: even raising it as a prospect represents a sales opportunity, a stimulus to demand for a sprawling industry that includes both multinationals and mom-and-pop operations.

Gun control activists like Penny Okamoto from Ceasefire Oregon are acutely aware of the way the industry turns aspects of the debate to its advantage. Over the phone she speaks with calm purpose, and a surprising level of optimism, about a problem that many consider intractable.

In her mind, it’s important to recognise that “we have a saturated market. We own half of all the civilian guns in the world.” The industry, via the NRA, has repeatedly intervened to create debates in order to expand the market. “This is why we have concealed carry laws: so gun manufacturers could make smaller guns and sell more guns. This is why we repealed the assault weapons ban: so gun manufacturers could sell more guns. The second amendment has been turned into a marketing tool.”

Unlike in much of the rest of the country, Oregon demands full background checks at gun shows; all vendors at the Collectors West show had to ensure that their customers were neither felons nor suffered from a mental illness.

Implementing this nationally is a key part of the proposals brought forward by Democrats including Oregon senator Jeff Merkely in the wake of the Umpqua shootings. In the unlikely event that Congress passes something like this soon, a large, thriving gun industry and gun culture would still exist. And it’s by no means certain that people such as the Umpqua shooter would fail a background check.

So when deadly weapons are so easily accessible in one of the most liberal states in the country, what hope is there for bringing gun violence under control?

Okamoto is pragmatic on this point. She says that Oregon’s background checks have prevented sales to dangerous people, and have therefore undoubtedly saved lives. For her, “gun violence is like cancer. Not all cancers are the same, and you need different medications for different kinds.” This means making hard choices about what can realistically be addressed in any given political moment.

Despite the stark differences between Americans over what guns mean, she thinks that we will get there: “People don’t realise how much gun owners have in common with non-gun owners. Two-thirds of Americans believe we should ban assault rifles.” She talks about responsible gun ownership in a way that chimes with the self-perception of many people who attend shows like the one in Portland.

Despite the industry’s size and despite gun culture’s resilience, Oregon’s own measures, such as background checks, show that change is possible – and that more is needed. “We don’t have to lose 30,000 people every year to gun violence,” Okamoto says.

She believes that more people, including those who attend gun shows, are coming around to the same view.

‘We had a shooting, so it went nuts’: business is booming at Oregon gun show | US news | The Guardian.

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NP3-BTS-56What is NP3?

NP3 is a surface treatment for steel and metal alloys that combines sub-micron particles of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), otherwise known as Teflon, with electroless nickel.

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NP3 – THE ADVANTAGES

· Very accurate and even on all activated surfaces.
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· Cleaning is minimal, usually requiring only a soft cloth.
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· NP3 has a micro hardness of 48-51 Rockwell as plated (nickel matrix).
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NP3-BTS-58The photo above shows a comparison between stainless steel and NP3.  The two outside brakes are NP3!  The center brake is stainless steel.

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You have to live in Truth to be spiritually free

“You have to live in Truth to be spiritually free. Life in Truth consists of recognizing the Truth and defending it. Truth never changes. It cannot be destroyed by any legal decision or act. Our slavery stems from our surrender to the rule of the lie, our failure to expose it, and to protest against it in everyday life. Instead of exposing the lie we keep silent, or pretend to believe it. A person who tells the Truth is free despite repression, imprisonment, or custody.” Jerzy Popiełuszko

Mr. Obama, you and your party are precisely why the 2nd Amendment exists | Non-Intervention.com

This will never, ever happen. Long before they can achieved their goal, America will be convulsed with its third bloody civil war. And who will be responsible for that war? Obama, the Clintons, and the racists — folks like Eric Holder — they have brought into the national government to destroy the nation’s liberty and history and to build a tyranny.

The terms “turning point” or “sea change” are misused so often in these days that they have become nearly meaningless. But the effective negation of the 2nd Amendment via the use of the rank tyranny of executive power by either Obama or Hillary Clinton — if she can serve as president from jail — may just be the break point.

Quite simply, only a well-armed citizenry can install the mandatory caution, worry, and fear for their lives in the governing elite, men and women who seem to want other Americans not as equals and countrymen, but as laboratory animals on which they can conduct their social, medical, economic, educational, and multicultural experiments.

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Poll: Americans Don’t Understand Background Checks Are Gun Control’s Trojan Horse – Breitbart

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On September 29, Breitbart News reported on a Quinnipiac University poll showing that the majority of American voters oppose more gun control—and this opposition includes roughly 3 out of 4 Republican voters and 49 percent of Independent voters.

Yet amid all this opposition to more gun laws, the poll clearly indicated that Americans have yet to grasp that background checks are gun control’s Trojan Horse.

The Quinnipiac poll shows Republicans reject more gun control by a margin of 73 percent to 23 percent and Independents reject it by a margin of 49 percent to 45 percent. And when demographics were viewed along racial lines, whites opposed more gun control by a margin of 52 percent to 43 percent, while blacks and Hispanics kept with previous polls and supported gun control.

But any congruent line of thought ended when Quinnipiac asked about “requiring background checks for all gun buyers.” At that point, 90 percent of the Republicans who were overwhelmingly opposed to gun control said they supported such checks, 92 of Independents also supported the checks, as did 93 percent of whites. This is proof positive that many American voters who staunchly oppose gun control have not yet come to understand that expanded background checks are gun control’s Trojan Horse.

When gun control advocates like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Governor Terry McAuliffe (D), or Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly call for expanding background checks, they are saying that private gun sales out to be outlawed and that every gun sale—retail or private—should be required to take place under the oversight of the government. Giffords and Kelly are fond of telling Americans that this will make us safer, while Manchin and McAuliffe tell us it is just “common sense.” Ironically, none of these gun control advocates tell us the most important thing—namely, that background checks do not prevent public attackers from acquiring guns with which to kills innocents.

Perhaps the greatest bit of overlooked hypocrisy in the background check push is the fact that Gabby Giffords’s attacker—Jared Loughner—passed a background check for the very gun he used to attack her. Another example of hypocrisy on this issue was Governor McAuliffe’s call for background check legislation after Vester Lee Flangan shot and killed a television reporter and cameraman on air on August 26. The hypocrisy in McAuliffe’s actions rested in the fact that Flanagan passed a background check for the gun he used to commit his heinous crime.

But the greatest example of hypocrisy to date regarding background checks came from Senator Manchin, who traded his pro-gun campaign promises for the approval of President Obama and Michael Bloomberg in the wake of the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. Manchin pushed expanded background checks as a remedy to the heinous attack. He touted them at press conferences, on Sunday morning news shows, and during weekly appearances on various cable networks. Then, just three days before the Senate vote on expanding background checks was to be held, Manchin admitted that his background check bill would not have stopped the Sandy Hook tragedy from happening.

And this gets to the root of what the American voter needs to understand. Background checks to not deliver on promises made when they were implemented for retail sales, so there is no rational reason to believe expanding the number of checks that take place will make any difference. What such expansion will do is further the progress of the gun control advocates by providing them with a cornerstone around which they can build and upon which they can erect more and more gun controls by assuring us that a little tweaking here and a little tinkering there is necessary to make expanded background checks work just right.

One of these tweaks will be a national gun registry. Breitbart News previously reported that such a registry is necessary to the enforcement of expanded background checks. Without it, how can the government know who is selling a gun and when or to whom? Other possible tweaks could be limits on the number of guns Americans are allowed to buy within a given time frame. One gun per month limits have been popular with progressive governors and legislatures throughout history. And gun storage laws with unannounced police visits to verify how every gun registered is being stored would be a very logical tweak once gun control enters American life via the Trojan Horse that is background checks.

The American voter has to be lucid enough to understand that when people are pushing background checks based on crimes committed by people that passed background checks—Flanagan’s attack in Virginia, Loughner’s attack on Gabby Giffords—then background checks might not really be the end goal. The goal might actually be something larger, something which cannot be accomplished without first getting a foot in the door via background checks.

 

Poll: Americans Don’t Understand Background Checks Are Gun Control’s Trojan Horse – Breitbart.