How creepy that Walmart has military-style rifles on its Web site

I’d heard for years about Wal-Mart selling guns, but it was only today that I decided to go to Wal-Mart’s Web site and see for myself.

There they are.  Big as life.  Guns manufactured for police and the military, that Wal-Mart is selling for “home defense” and “recreation.”

None of them look like anything anyone needs to defend their home, or to hunt.  They’re all fetish toys for men and women who revere violence – and Walmart, among others, is happy to pander to America’s fetish for violence.  Look at these things:

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Here’s one in particular, the Sig Sauer M400.  I love this description:

Designed for use in law enforcement, military operations, the sporting field and competitive shooting.

Other than handcuffs for sex, you have to ask yourself how many things are manufactured for military and police, but also “the sporting field”?

Here’s the M400.  Sporty, isn’t it?

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And here’s a helpful review on WalMart’s site:

I particularly got a kick out of this review, “great home defense weapon.”  Yeah, if you’re expecting imperial storm troopers.

Screen Shot 2012-12-31 at 11.17.52 AMYou have to ask, home defense against what?  When you’re buying that kind of hardware, you’re not preparing for a burglar.  You’re stockpiling “the government.”  And that’s really what a lot of this gun fetish comes down to, crazy right-wingers who are preparing for either the judgment day, or the overthrow of the US government.  Either way, it’s not much of an argument for selling this kind of garbage at Walmart.


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