So I'm sitting here watching TV...


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Parker Dean
September 17, 2003, 10:41 PM
...and a commercial for a local gun shop comes up on a cable channel. Probably one of those random-rotation deals they sell.

ANYWAY, the commercial was hitting pretty hard on the fact that this shop does sawed-off shotguns, silencers, and other Class III stuff.

Video images were of a sawed-off that looked about minimum length, various black rifles, one woman emptying a magazine on full-auto with an AK type with the city sky line in the background, and a before-and-after with a pistol/silencer.

The only reason this bothers me is that I can't help but think that this sort of stuff will scare the blissninnys and sheeple and end up being counterproductive. About the only moderating factor is that this IS Texas...

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blades67
September 17, 2003, 10:43 PM
Now that sounds like a commercial worth watching!:D

Snowdog
September 17, 2003, 10:48 PM
I'll agree with your concerns. It would seem fairly irresponsible to show such things on television, as little if any prospective sales will come from those viewing.
Most that are in the market for a silencer and the like will search out the shops themselves, there is no need to mass advertise.

I see hardly any television ads for gunshop in this location, but the ones I have seen are well done, showing only the prettiest of rifles and shotguns. It's wise to leave the black rifles on the shelf to be seen in person after arriving.

seeker_two
September 18, 2003, 07:05 AM
Parker Dean: Must not have been THAT good of a commercial...


...b/c you haven't told us the NAME of the place. :D






(...he said while checking his bank account balance. :( )

Mark Tyson
September 18, 2003, 08:46 AM
I think the better thing to do would be for the commercial to mention that the store is a class 3 dealer. Those out there who are interested will know exactly what that means. Those fingernail chewing blissninnies will remain in the dark where they belong.

Wanderer
September 18, 2003, 08:48 AM
Dandy. Now there is an oppuritunity for liberals to say 'you see, you can get machineguns and assault weapons at any gun shop!' Of course it is Texas... Do you guys have liberals there?

XLMiguel
September 18, 2003, 08:55 AM
What Mark Tyson said. Ignorance is bliss.

C.R.Sam
September 18, 2003, 12:42 PM
Maby leave out the fancy stuff and just state that the place is a Class III store. That way the herd is not spooked and the viewers in the know will understand.

Sam

TheOtherOne
September 18, 2003, 03:17 PM
I think it's a good move on their part as far as getting more business. Commercials like that will sale guns. While there are plenty of soccer moms that it will scare to death, there are still alot of uninformed people that like guns and would be interested enough to try to go and buy those types of weapons. Of course, they will be disappointed when they see the prices on a full-auto but they might still come home with a nice semi-auto version.

Why do you think gun shops that sale things like AR-15's and AK-47's always insist on advertising and displaying them as "assault weapons"? Because it sounds alot cooler then just a rifle... and that will increase sales.

RustyHammer
September 18, 2003, 03:45 PM
I think we need about 10,000 more of those commercials .... I'm tired of all the deodorant, cereal and tampon commercials.

While we're at it, lets replace all soap operas with gun shows. That'll work by me.

Lock and load, baby!

Parker Dean
September 18, 2003, 03:55 PM
Originally posted by seeker_two
Parker Dean: Must not have been THAT good of a commercial...


...b/c you haven't told us the NAME of the place. :D


LOL! It's Shooters Depot in Corpus. Store is on Leopard but I didn't catch the number. Looked like a nice place in the quick store shots. Probably one of the nicer ones I've seen.

Originally posted by Wanderer
Of course it is Texas... Do you guys have liberals there?


Unfortunately we have gen-u-ine California-bred liberals in Austin. This was the bad side-effect of Dell computers. They, and other computer companies, sucked a bunch of the Cali types to Texas. While I don't know for myself I hear that the computer boom went bust so maybe they all left. We can only hope.

Otherwise most Texas liberals would be considered extreme right wing Republicans in Washington.

Standing Wolf
September 18, 2003, 07:38 PM
The only reason this bothers me is that I can't help but think that this sort of stuff will scare the blissninnys and sheeple and end up being counterproductive.

The shop isn't selling to bliss ninnies and sheeple, but to people like us. They're not going to turn into worse anti-Second Amendment bigots over a television commercial.

Parker Dean
September 18, 2003, 11:04 PM
Originally posted by Standing Wolf
The shop isn't selling to bliss ninnies and sheeple, but to people like us.


Correct, but the BN's and the flock still see the images of all that they have been conditioned to hate.

Originally posted by Standing Wolf
They're not going to turn into worse anti-Second Amendment bigots over a television commercial.


My major concern is of the activist types using this footage as part of a propaganda point to whip up the "troops". While the images can be made anywhere by anyone, the difference that could be stressed is that it is an ad by a business. In a manner sorta analogous to the "gun show loophole" talking point, this in turn could be used for political pressure for something like, say, a more comprehensive AWB since "these evil weapons are easily available. Something must be done to stem the tide of crime!." Or some other similar bilge.

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