But when I've had the wherewithal, I've been shopping for gifts which is something of a challenge here in Greater Redneckia. The selection is spotty, particularly if you are looking for clothes other than outdoor gear or the offerings over at Little Wasilla. We really don't have a downtown like a major city, and no, Virginia, even Anchorage really isn't a major city. But I digress.
We do have a lot places to purchase guns. Two of the grocery chains (WallyWorld and Fred Meyers) stock them along with plantains and womens' underthings. (Safeway, however, does not. Funny that.) The outdoors gear shops stock them. And then there are the local gunsmiths. Face it, one area in which a consumer has robust options in Squarebanks is in the selection and purchase of firearms.
Which worked out great, because I'd settled on a .22 for the S.O. this year. Unfortunately, the big chains use the model I chose as a loss leaders, so it is not stocked by the local businesses (gunsmiths) which frustrated my plan to shop local. But Frontier Outfitters had a few in stock and that settled it.
I was not prepared, however, for the humor that is the form one fills out to purchase a gun. (I've been given guns, but never purchased one.) Is the form meant to prevent the sale of a gun to a criminal, or is it just to aid in tracking them down after they've done something wrong? Questions I had to answer:
- Are you a fugitive from justice?
- Have you ever used or possessed illegal drugs such as marijuana, etc?
- Are you an illegal alien?
- Have you ever renounced your U.S. citizenship?