August 12, 2011

It is Going to Get Bad. It is Going to Get Bloody . The Question is How Bad, and How Bloody.

Over at Hot Air Jazz Shaw points to a new Rasmussen poll that indicates roughly half of Americans expect violence when it comes time to pay the piper.

Nearly one-out-of-two Americans (48%) think that cuts in government spending are at least somewhat likely to lead to violence in the United States, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. But that includes just 13% who feel itís Very Likely.

A bit less than have thinks that cuts will not lead to violence. These would be you victims.

I stopped by one of my local gun shops Wednesday night to drop off a part I had that belonged to the owner, and the gentleman behind the counter (who knows me as a gun blogger) took just a few minutes to tell me about the significant increase in calls about firearms just this week.

The calls were in response to the S&P downgrade, the rioting in Great Britain, and the mob racial violence in the Midwest and Northeast in recent weeks. It can happen here, and people are starting to say so.

A majority of calls were from young families that had not owned guns before, but who were now concluding that they need firearms to protect themselves.

Interestingly enough, the majority of callers seemed to be requesting information about AR-15 pattern rifles, similar to what our military carries but without the option of automatic fire. Most of these callers were hit by the shock shock of the cost of an AR ($750-$1500 and up) and didn't have the money to purchase them, and so turned their attention to pistols and shotguns.

People are scared, and the clerk lamented that a lot of people now in the market aren't going to get the training they should, and are going to end up shooting people they don't legally have a right to shoot, and a lot of these people are going to end up in jail.

We're going to have to severely cut social programs. As much as liberals are burying their heads in the sand (or other warm, dark places) to avoid dealing with that fact, we simply have to cut spending, and that is going to mean significant entitlement reform. Combine that with an entitlement mindset and a consumer culture with eroding moral guidance, and you have the recipe for the kind of violence you saw in the United Kingdom, and the very distinct probability that it will happen here to some extent.

The big question no one can answer is that we don't know how widespread or deep the rioting and violence with occur.

Will it be mindless, but weapon-free looting and racial attacks like we've seen in recent weeks that just sent a few people to the hospital, or are we going to see cities burn again?

Will the violence be confined to small isolated incidents quickly stomped out by effective policing, or will President Empty Suit dither as America burns?

It is likely to get bad. How bad, we simply don't know.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 12, 2011 04:19 PM

Nation with a Mossberg 550 in every living room sounds like a nice place to live.

Posted by: Phelps at August 12, 2011 05:33 PM

my vote is on dither and golf. he wants change. what people never got was change is not allways benevolent. and since my opinion is he has a molevolent side to him he will easily allow chaos to reign if he thinks america has rejected him, read punishment for not wanting the "one"

Posted by: rumcrook at August 12, 2011 06:49 PM

The best weapon in the world is a piece of junk unless you're ready to use it.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at August 12, 2011 07:24 PM

Everyman for himself, government against all. That is what we will reap. Personally, I want to engage the jack booted thugs at a minimum of 200 yards, and would prefer 400 yards. My old eyes can still hit a milk jug at that distance. Shotgun range is messy and I don't appreciate blood, bone fragments, and brains on my t-shirt.

Posted by: Parker at August 12, 2011 11:46 PM

My daughter just was asking what I thought about her purchasing a pistol for home defense (her state effectively denies concealed carry to anyone other than political supporters). She was concerned that if anything went wrong, she would be a single woman living alone. So she thought a pistol at home would be a good idea.

She has plenty of training. She and I have shot together for years. She took a pistol self-defense course in college. So I am not concerned about her getting in over her head.

But she chose now to decide this way.

Me, I have plenty of ammo and a surfeit of firearms on my rural 5 acres. I don't think the rioting will make it out many of my neighbors are better armed than I am--at least enough to counter-balance the looney liberals salted into our community.

Posted by: iconoclast at August 13, 2011 12:36 AM

The Empty Suit Oblama will be inciting the coming violtnce and our overpaid unionized pc police will do nothing to stop mayhem in the streets. The racist marxist-in-chief hates the 80% us that are not libtard leftists and wants us eliminated to make way for his third world illegal immigrant hordes and delusional dreams of a Soviet Stalinist socialist hell.

Posted by: Old Observer at August 13, 2011 10:58 AM

My friends know I'm into guns and most of the used to act all afraid, they're mostly good little lefties, but lately they've been asking me what kind of gun to get to protect themselves.

Posted by: Veeshir at August 13, 2011 12:52 PM

Based on the London riots, I would invest in baseball bats.
It seems that Londoners have taken great affection to the American past-time, as Amazon sales of baseball bats has sky-rocketed since the start of the riots.

Posted by: Neo at August 13, 2011 10:17 PM

Sorry, but I semi look forward to it. It would enable Darwinian cleansing of the entitlement class. Do I want violence? No. Am I prepared for violence should it come, and willing to inflict it? Yes.

Posted by: cmblake6 at August 14, 2011 04:04 PM

"will President Empty Suit dither as America burns?"

He will be throwing gasoline onto the fire.

Posted by: sofa at August 18, 2011 10:41 AM