“Beto” O’Rourke, AR-15s, and the Streisand Effect

I have often mused that when powerful elements in government make serious threats about banning certain firearms, and sales of those firearms immediately skyrocket, it probably isn’t because the new purchasers simply wish to have something they can righteously surrender to the government on demand. And yet sales of the threatened guns invariably do increase out of control whenever they’re newly threatened.

Yesterday I watched a video* in which Karl of Inrangetv suggested that AR and AK pattern rifles, though a thing at the time, didn’t really become a big thing until the “assault weapon” ban of 1994-2004. It’s an interesting idea that might have some validity, I’m really not sure. But it’s certain, judging from clear facts, that a helluva lot of people have no plan to get caught in another ban.

And here we go again…

The Streisand Effect. Palmetto State Armory Is Introducing The No-Beto AR-15 Kit Just In Time For Christmas

AZ Gun Store Owner Responds To Beto’s ‘Hell Yes’ By Offering ‘Beto Specials’ – And Sells Out Of AR-15s, AK-47s

In response to Beto’s declaration, one gun store owner in Arizona decided to offer a ‘Beto Special’ on AR-15s and AK-47s – and the response was overwhelming:

When O’Rourke made the claim during Thursday night’s Democrat presidential candidate debate, Alpha Dog Firearms Owner Matt Boggs was outraged, he says in an interview with The HolloNet:

“I saw the comments that he made, and I was kinda like, ‘You know what: the Hell with this guy.’”

I have a hard time believing that our Beloved Protectors at all levels of government are quite as dumb as they sometimes appear – that they really have no sense of history at all and simply persist in making the same stupid mistakes over and over and hoping for different results.

On the other hand I also can’t quite believe they really believe they’re going to reduce “gun violence” by disarming only the people least likely to commit that violence of only the weapons most seldom used in its commission, but they keep repeating that they really do.

So maybe they are that dumb.

*For the record the point is made early in the video, after which it becomes footage of some guy’s performance in a match and never gets back to the point.

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8 Responses to “Beto” O’Rourke, AR-15s, and the Streisand Effect

  1. Robert says:

    Heard about Beet-oh’s pronouncement on the car radio. Good thing my mother didn’t hear what I yelled at the poor, innocent radio. Soap tastes icky.

    Does Beets really think he was saying a smart thing? Sigh.

    Somebody is gonna make money selling “Molon Labe, M*****F*****” bumper stickers.

  2. Kentucky says:

    “Does Beets really think he was saying a smart thing?”

    Unfortunately, yes, he probably does. Sigh, indeed.

    It’s good for us, of course. Keep it up, Beets!

  3. Judy says:

    When the only people you talk to is your cheer squad…you are pretty much clueless. Marie Antoinette’s comment on eating cake while the populace was starving comes to mind.

  4. Geoff says:

    Remember the Democrats always proclaimed “Nobody is going to take your guns!”? Well, Francis spilled the beans of what ALL Democrats want. Silence from the Dims. Silence is assent. They REALLY DO want to take our guns!

  5. Joel says:

    In the clip of his pronouncement during the “debate,” there was thunderous applause.

  6. gojuplyr says:

    Read somewhere today that Colt was ceasing production of AR 15s for the civilian market. Gutless. Oh well, get woke, go broke.

  7. Joel says:

    Yeah, they lost that market decades ago while they betrayed us, choosing to depend on their military contracts. In the meantime they lost the patent rights, everybody else and his brother dove in to manufacture them, and now the only thing Colt has to sell that nobody else has is the logo. Also meanwhile, they virtually got out of the civilian handgun business selling only overpriced 1911s and single action revolvers. And wonder of wonders, the military dumped them and now they’re in trouble and can’t compete. Colt is trying to rebuild its 1911 and double-action revolver market but that’s all they’ve got and it won’t save them.

To the stake with the heretic!