Gun sales, requests for “secession” rise after election

Gun sales, requests for “secession” rise after election

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The election was almost a week ago, but some have not gotten over the fact that President Obama won a second term in office. In fact, they're ready to get out of dodge.

Under the dome of the Texas State Capitol are tributes to days gone by when Texas withdrew from the union. Some people who aren't happy with the current Obama administration want out again.

"Texas secede. Let's all just move the state to Australia. They have nice accents," Amber Stott said.

On whitehouse.gov people from 24 states have filed petitions to secede. The Texas petition was created by a man out of Arlington.

His reasoning is "the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending" and "blatant abuses of citizens' rights."

Texas so far is leading with the most signatures.

"Oh I think it's silly. We shouldn't. We voted and that's the way it is," voter Tommy Chavez said.

"I think that shows the divide of the country we're in right now. We really don't want to work together and we can see the other side of the argument," said Alejandro Caceres said.

Democratic consultant Jason Stanford finds the petitions troubling.

"The last time a bunch of stupid hicks did this we fought a civil war. This is bad. There is no good precedent to this," Stanford said. "Eventually they will shut up and sit down and show up again in the next election. That's the beauty of Americans. We never stop fighting, but we have to fight forward. They're fighting the last election. That's the problem."

Republican strategist Ted Delisi sees this movement as a humorous way of sending a message.

"I think what people are really saying is they want a smaller and less intrusive federal government. We still need a federal government to protect us from enemies foreign and domestic. We have enemies foreign and I just think it's one of these things that's a referendum on the direction of our country rather than let's not have a country," Delisi said.

Election night also triggered more interest in firearm ownership. That's according to Robert Greene, the Legislative Director of Texans for Concealed Carry.

"In the last week I've gotten an increase in contacts of people just inquiring about classes, what it takes to get a concealed handgun license, class dates," Greene said.

In 2008, Greene says he saw the same trend. It lasted for six months.

"I always get a little chuckle out of it and wonder how much of it is really true and how much of it is people in the sporting business trying to promote their own business," Delisi said.

"Obama is not coming for your guns we actually have bigger problems in this country," Stanford said.

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