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Hello all, Over the past few months I have been very disappointed in not only the national media's/government's attempts to minimize the expected effects of y2k, but I have also been miffed with local media's use of "survival"type extremist reporting re y2k.
Last night I was reading and the television was on, more or less for background noise, when a station news promo catches my attention saying something to the effect "y2k is coming, do you need to buy a gun! That story leads off Channel 6 News at 10." I almost fell off the sofa. About the only news these people have been reporting has been the pabulum government spin stories and "y2k nut cases" who are stockpiling food and water.
So I make sure the TV is still on channel 6 news at 10 o'clock, and sure enough the lead was a "y2k gun show" that is coming to the Civic Center this weekend. I get up for work this morning and heading to work I noticed 3 large billboards advertising the y2k gun show. They were urging people to be able to protect their family from rioting mobs. They weren't there yesterday and I only live a few miles from my office. It totally blew my mind. Now, mind you, I much prefer panic now than panic later but would rather never see it at all, but with this type of usury and irresponsible journalism, I am sure the "herd" is becoming a little nervous around Birmingham, Alabama.
Has anyone else seen this *traveling y2k gun show* at their Civic Center?
-- Rusty (a@a.@), March 09, 1999
I attended a gun show here several weeks ago. While it wasn't touted as a Y2K event, there were more than a few folks there talking about it. The place, by the way, was full and there was a lot of buying and selling going on. Matter of fact, I happened across a crossbow that piqued my interest, so I bought it. Also picked up a thousand rounds of .223 at a reasonable price. Better hurry, though, before Willie shuts 'em down altogether.
-- Vic (Roadrunner@compliant.com), March 09, 1999.
I went to a gun show 2 weeks ago and it was wall-to-wall people. The parking lot was full and more coming in. The ticket taker said he had never seen anything like it before. I didn't buy anything because there were too many people there, but it got my husband and I enthused again to purchase another firearm and ammo.
-- bardou (email@example.com), March 09, 1999.
I go to guns shows, one per month, in Florida. I know most of the dealers and I have alway asked 6 of them how it is going because we discuss business matters. From October through January they were complaining about the shows being crowded but poor sales. The last show in Tampa, this month, they said it picked up a bit and their was some y2k business but there was not a substantial increase at all. there were six or seven individuals selling there guns by walking around with them with a signs. Most of them had not sold their guns by Sunday afternoon. However, I was told by a clerk at Jumbo Sports that he sees an increase from y2k recently. It is clear to me that there is no herd response yet. The fact that advertizers are resorting to using y2k to help increase attendence might be more of a desperation move than a reflection of a move of the herd.
-- gunsrus (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 10, 1999.