In Arizona, J.T. Ready, a right wing neo-Nazi extremist, strapped on the body armor and guns and went out and gunned down four people. While the NRA and the republican party would have you believe that this is just some random nut, but there is so much more to J.T. Ready than they like to let out. First of all he was running for Pinal County Sheriff at the time. Ready had a long interest in politics and like all people who do, he had a hero he modeled himself after and that hero was Arizona republican Russell Pearce.
In case you were wondering how you have heard the name Russell Pearce before, he was also the author of the racist and controversial SB1070 immigration bill. So this crazy loon snapped, grabbed some gun and went out and used them. By the way, some other background during his shooting spree a toddler died.
Now let's bring this to Wisconsin and how it effects you. Ever since the republicans, during their jobs session, passed one of the least restrictive concealed carry laws in the US, firearm purchases are at an all time high.
Americans are arming themselves like never before, and Wisconsin is smack in the center of the trend.
Firearms-related businesses in the state say they are hard-pressed to meet demand, which they say is being generated by factors ranging from Wisconsin's concealed carry law to presidential politics.People in Wisconsin can not get guns fast enough. The republicans are responsible for arming our population and now we will see where that leads us. The one thing we know is that they will take the accolades but none of the blames. We saw this in action when an unarmed Bo Morrison was gunned down in Slinger. We all know it will not stop there, We have right wing hate groups, who the Bush administration itself labeled as domestic terrorists, in Wisconsin now legally armed.
"It's incredible," said Steve Lauer, owner of Lauer Custom Weaponry, a manufacturer of firearms, firearm coatings and accessories in Chippewa Falls. "We can hardly keep up."
Precise figures on firearms sales don't exist. But based on the number of calls made to the FBI and Wisconsin Department of Justice for background checks related to firearms purchases, more guns are being sold this year than ever.
The number of calls to Wisconsin's handgun hotline set a record in February, with nearly 16,000 calls. So far this year, the hotline has handled more than 53,000 calls. That's on pace to far eclipse 2011, when the hotline handled just shy of 90,000 calls for the full year.
There was a tremendous amount of violence and intimidation, during the last 18 months directed at people who disagree with the far right and Governor Scott Walker. Let's also not forgot the closest parallel case we have here in WI, the case of Phil Dziki.
Of course our politicians are the adults in the room and exulting calmness and calling on their followers to do the same right??
So now we have a very enthusiastically armed populace, an angry electorate and a group of politicians who will play into that fear as much as thy possibly can. You do the math!