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Dammit, the secret’s out. The Atlantic has discovered that (shhhhhhh!) there are large swaths of the country out there — whole states apparently — where people actually give each other guns. Military-style rifles even. As gifts. For Christmas! But hold on, that’s not the worst part. The worst part is . . . these people (if you can really call them people) are actually proud of their new instruments of death. I know! As author Rebecca Greenfield notes in horror, “the AR-15 is a popular rifle of choice these days both for consumers and murderers.” Still . . .

Some of these pathetic bitter clingers, after unwrapping their Bushmasters with the same amount of glee Ralphie did when he found the Red Ryder tucked back in the corner, then posed for pics and posted them for all the world to see. The brazenness! And after Newtown! Have they no shame?

Despite her obvious revulsion, though, Greenfield ends with a note of hope for the future:

Gun control didn’t stop these people from getting what they want for Christmas—at least not this year.

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    • Dangit.

      Why do I never get an AR-15 under the tree? …probably because I never asked for one…

      I did get some standard capacity AR magazines and cool argyle socks, though.

    • I didn’t either, but I don’t feel bad. 1944 Nagant Revolver sittin’ right next to me, and a brand new gunsafe in the office!

      But still, I wouldn’t be postin’ pictures of scary black rifles. But some would also call me paranoid.

      • I believe there is an exception for posing for photos with recent gifts if the following conditions are met:

        1. Big, broad smiles are visible;
        B. Christmas tree, birthday decorations, or other festive decorations are present; and
        iii. There is no attempt to appear “tacticool”.

      • 1944 Nagant Revolver sittin’ right next to me

        You fiend! I collect WW2 firearms and would love a Nagant, but (i) dealers in MA can’t sell them because they don’t meet the AGs “consumer safety” regulations, and (ii) I can’t buy one from out of state under my C&R license. So the only way I can get a Nagant is in a face to face transaction with an owner in MA and believe me, they ain’t sellin’.

      • You got a Nagant revolver!!! Nice. I would love to add one to my collection. I received a S&W model 27-2 and it is beautiful. Unfortunately up hear in the frozen north my wife is not licensed so I had to pick it up. Kind of ruined the surprise.

        • I got a Remingtion 870, my Dad got a S&W Model 10, and my brother got a Ruger LC9 with laser max laser on it.

          I also got Monster Hunter International and ended up staying away all night reading most of it.

        • That sucks, the surprise is almost better than the gun itself!

          I feel bad for those in Massachusetts. I would hate that state. And, if I lived there, would be very tempted to start a revolution.

          This little gun is amazing though. I collect old firearms in general, and this is my third-oldest. My Spanish Cavalry Mauser is the oldest, at 108 years (made in 1904) followed by my 1942 Mosin-Nagant 91/30.

  1. B@stards all of them!!! I didn’t get one!!! WWaaaahhh!!! 🙁
    Ok well got that out of my system..
    Glad some people had a very Merry Christmas, and I bet not one of them shot their eye out!!

    • Don’t worry too much. I had a scene where I blew up a pound of tannerite with an AR-15 in 6.8 SPC – on my wedding video! The still photo is my avatar. Being reasonable is the best defense against the unreasonable. Sure, I lock my doors, guns are in safes, and I have a big dog. Still gotta live life, drink scotch, ride motorcycles, and pursue happiness.

      (For the record, I don’t drink the scotch prior to riding the motorcycle.)

  2. My christmas was 4 pairs underwear, 2 pairs jeans and 2 new tires for my car. Useful but BORING. I miss having fun with presents.

  3. To all you gun grabbers out there. Neener, neener, neener! 300+ million guns and rising dailey. That’s a genie you’ll never get back in the bottle.

  4. I heard on the news retail was down this holiday season. I guess they are not counting guns in their figures cause I saw reports of stores selling the walls bare. Bud’s is out, Impact is out, And Gun Broker prices are farther out of sight than Santa. I’m in retail gifts and jewelry and had a down year. I think weapons were the gifts most given this year. And as far as ammo goes, all I could find in 5.56 last night, at a price I’d pay, was once fired brass cartridges. Hell I saw a box of 20 factory cartridges going for $25.00 before shipping! I’m used to getting L/C in factory sealed 30mm cans at 33.7 cents delivered.

    On the bright side I did get a Ruger Charger from that trigger happy Santa (hands off A2) Clause

    • I had a friend tell me that that a buddy of his that works for a custom AR build shop received 1.2 million dollars in order within a two day span.

      How is shutting this down good for the economy?

  5. I love it! Christmas trees, people in pajamas (cute little lady as well), good trigger discipline, and big ol’ smiles.
    This almost makes up for seeing the bare walls at Impact today.

  6. I was at Cabela’s Friday and the line for firearms checkout was around 40 deep, with at least fifty waiting for their numbers to be called. On the back wall they had three ARs left, two new and one used, with a sign reading last of inventory. Glad I bought my Sig AR two months ago, and some ammo!

  7. And would you believe that there are people (if you can call them that) who would actually put a .22 RIFLE under the tree for their KIDS??? OMG!!!

    • We should print their names and addresses in the paper,…….. under “Parents of the Year” I think 2012 will be remembered as The Year Of The Gun.

  8. Not much in the way of christmas presents for me this year, I am holding out until PSA has their dissipator upper in stock. I will jump on that.

  9. My 12 year old daughter received her platinum pink, M&P AR15-22 with 2 extended mags, and I got the last AR lower with a YHM short upper, configured as a “pistol”, from my local gun shop. In other words, it will be an SBR as soon as I am done caressing it, purchase the suppressor and I am willing to lose it for several months as my gun shop gets the stock on and submits my class III paperwork. Honestly, I wasn’t even in a rush to get another 5.56 rifle until the threat of losing them became real. Glad I have it now.

  10. I got a new o/u 12 ga. trap gun, five nice new 30-round real metal magazines for my AK, and 2(two) cases of 7.62×39 to take to the gun club come Feb. or March. Can’t figure out how my wife always knows just what I want.

  11. “the AR-15 is a popular rifle of choice these days both for consumers and murderers.”

    “leftist cant is a popular dogma of choice for both journalists and genocidal dictators”

  12. Didn’t get a Daughter a Black Death Ray this year.
    Got her a Ruger SR22.
    She does like my Black Death Ray in 22lr! (S&W15/22). So maybe next year if you can still buy them!!!

  13. Glad to say I was a day ahead of the panic buying. Hell, I probably caused some of it with my Christmas buying spree. Two 6920s; with sequential SNs no less, under my tree. There’s nothing says Christmas morning more than a thick coat of cosmolene on my hands! Add an FN SLP 12 gauge in the stocking for good measure. I’ll be asking Santa for some sanity and respect for my inalienable rights for next year. I am NOT a criminal! Don’t treat me like one.


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