Friday, April 20, 2012
Note: The Establishment indicators that I watch closely when underlying circs warrant are these:
All I know is that it does seem to correlate with goods exports. Maybe it's really a marker at this point for domestic production?
I'm asking myself, "Why?" You can buy any of the stuff they sell there either on line or in the many outdoor stores this region is well serviced by. Where is the money coming from? And it's Friday. Doesn't anyone work anymore? It's anecdotal evidence. Not as good as charts of data, but with $5 gasoline does it add up? I don't know what to make of it.
Camping/hiking season is coming. That might have something to do with it. If it's a new location for Cabela's, that can bring a crowd.
Firearms sales are through the roof. I've heard multiple reasons for this, ranging from the sharp increase in concealed carry permits (just 'cause it's becoming socially acceptable) to some grimmer reasons. From conversations I've had, I think it's partly just that people with money are spending it on durable items while the money is still worth something.
According to rumor, ammo sales are up because of the increase in gun owners, the military and law enforcement are supposedly increasing their stocks, and inflation/political concerns.
Out of curiosity, were the firearms sales more long arms or pistols?
The gun sales were more of the long gun variety. They have a department where they do a background check while you shop. About every two minutes they were calling people's names on the PA. Amazed me.
I sold my last gun in 1985 because I was through hunting and didn't see reason to own one for self protection. I'm now looking to buy a shot gun and a hand gun - mostly as investments. But I can see the fun and practicality in going out and doing some target practice. Lord knows I've got the time. Break in crime is increasing all over the Puget Sound. Never hurts to be prepared.
I'd never been in a Cabelas before. Used to get their catalogue, which was a monster. It is as Scott describes - a giant man cave amusement park. I will go back.
There is, naturally, a generational component to this, too.
The renewed interest in owning or carrying firearms for protection is probably a function of an aging population to a certain extent. Young guys figure they'll just whoop an attacker. Old guys aren't so sure. Me, I'm starting to wonder.
As soon as people get robbed once they stop feeling secure; the second time they buy guns. Cuts to police forces in some areas have left people aware that they can't possibly expect coverage.
Also young women seem to be more into it, especially carrying concealed.
I think the events of 9/11 changed perspectives and events since have reiterated the lesson.
The stupid Mexican caper left everyone aware that some of the government would do almost anything to change the legal environment for guns, which is another boost.
Lastly, the way the Martin/Zimmerman thing has gone down is going to give it another boost.
You just can't let a group - even if that group is mostly just talk - announce a bounty on a private citizen's head and not have the federal government be seen to intervene. About a week after that hit Drudge, the geezers in all the areas hit by the 60s riots started arming up. Gun control in the US is over for another generation.
Spending on high-end, especially collectibles, has plummeted due to the recession. I know this because one of my brothers tracks it and tells me.
But spending on lower level guns is through the roof and will continue to be. Also interest in hunting is up.
I spent a very interesting few hours on Youtube a couple of weeks ago. I ran into a line of videos really marketing CCW holsters for women. There's money in this.
It may seem that way, but people in the People's Republic are not that well armed. Mostly birkenstock wearing, granola eating, peace at any price libs.
The two most common break ins are home invasions of older people and waves of break ins by thieves that case a neighborhood, then do a wave a robberies of the houses they deem most vulnerable.
It has branched out from the innner cities of Seattle and Tacoma to the suburbs. My little farm town is reasonably peaceful, but we have a large population of latinos with associated gang activities. About one gang related shooting a month. There are areas of this small burg that I avoid because that's where the shootings mostly occur.
Maybe I am feeling more paranoid as I get older. These are unsettled times and the Feds are not helping with their uneven enforcement of the law ie not doing anything about the wanted, dead or alive posters and the New Balck Panther Party's activities.
In local news, Denver was hoping to head off another round of "Occupy" by making it illegal to camp (tents/ sleeping bags) around the Capitol and Civic Center areas. Right on cue the whiners chime in "But that's like declaring WAR on the HOMELESS!"
The Police Dept then volunteered that of course they wouldn't arrest The Homeless, they'd refer them off to various kinds of social services, etc. The thing that hit me: it's ALREADY NORMALIZED to apply the law to some and not to others. It's mainstream. The USA has already reverted to jungleball: certain laws for you, other laws for me and mine, and let's both get behind the idea of whole DIFFERENT laws for those other guys in the corner.
In fairness, it's always been that way. Drug laws, for example, were never intended to be applied to white suburbanites smoking white drugs. Ditto for firearms regulation, when it was first enacted.
What's different is that the inequality was always something slightly shameful, something which had to be rationalized. Now they want to make it the ideal to which we aspire.
"I sold my last gun in 1985 because I was through hunting and didn't see reason to own one for self protection. I'm now looking to buy a shot gun and a hand gun - mostly as investments. But I can see the fun and practicality in going out and doing some target practice. Lord knows I've got the time. Break in crime is increasing all over the Puget Sound. Never hurts to be prepared."
June 23, 2010
"When I turned bearish in the summer of 2004 I thought it would be a good idea to buy gold and silver. I didn't just stop there though. I figured a handgun could serve two purposes. First, a decent one is collectible and should hold its value. Second, well, you know.
I no longer own the gold and silver. I still have the 1911. It just sits in a safe in the garage. I have no great desire to move it to my night stand unless the economy really heads downhill (which I obviously hope never happens). I continue to believe that locks, a dog, a big jammer or two, and my girlfriend's cell phone are far better forms of defense. I'm one of the few (perhaps only) people in my neighborhood to actually lock the gates to the backyard. This even after at least a few houses near me were robbed? Go figure."
I live in the Puget Sound area. Small world.
Still, it's this sort of thing which is a big threat to everyone's civil rights. The fact that an official could even say that in public ... we're all quite correct to respond with concern.
Neil's right. A lot of our "control" laws have been passed with the view of application toward some particular undesirable group. But so far, the courts have rarely gone along with that.
And I've driven by that Cabelas on the way to visit the grandson in Tacoma. Do you think there are enough of us here to change WA state politics?
Vote McKenna and any other Rs on the ballot. I know its not exactly inspiring, but lookat what we've got now. Heading for California-like governance if we can't change.