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January 12, 2011 - Harry Eagar
Gun nuts sometimes object when I call them gun nuts, but I cannot imagine why. Take, for example, this:

"Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers after a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8.

"Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols -- popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters -- flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix.

“ 'We’re at double our volume over what we usually do,' Wolff said two days after the shooting spree."

There's no such thing as bad publicity, I guess.

The massacre exposed lots of fantasies, chief among them that an armed populace constitutes a kind of volunteer, unpaid police force protecting the social order. Yet when Loughner opened fire, in perhaps the most heavily armed state in the union, it wasn't some stalwart NRA member who reached for his John Roscoe and gunned down the manic killer. Instead, it was some middle-aged men and women who wrestled him down with their bare hands.

I do not feel safer with these guys around.


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