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Zombies? Civil War? What the heck, it's just business

A new nation created in rebellion to the reelection of President Obama and hordes of zombies stalking the land like holiday shoppers in a mall parking lot  on Black Friday.

Both scenarios gave a boost to firearms and gun accessory sales at Dwayne Ems’ booth last weekend at the Capital City Gun Show in Jackson. Ems is quite willing to indulge such stuff when it’s adding to the bottom line for his employer, Woolmarket Pawn & Gun in Biloxi.

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It’s all good, Ems says

Give him that good ‘ol time secession with a zombie overlay, he says.

“Crazy” is how Ems describes business at the Biloxi store and at the weekend gun shows since the Nov. 6 election.

“People are worried about the states seceding,” he notes. “They’re preparing for a civil war.”

Ems would be the man to see if that were the case. He specializes in building high-end semi-automatic “black rifles” that look every bit like the tactical stuff a SWAT team member uses or a Marine in Afghanistan takes on patrol.

Problem is, a parts shortage and the current buying frenzy mean it could take months to get a rifle built for you. Better hope any repeat of America’s “Late Unpleasantness,” the Southern euphemism for the American Civil War, is a ways off.

The “Zombiepocalypse?”

Ems is hoping for some flexibility on that as well.

Most fright mongers put the date of the Zombiepocalypse at 12-21-2012 to coincide with the Mayan Calendar thing.  Ems isn’t so sure.

“All they said was Dec. 21,” he says. “They didn’t say which Dec. 21.”

Which means, of course, that Ems can go indefinitely selling firearms to people preparing for the  day zombies intent on feasting on live humans emerge.

“They are driving my business,” Ems says of the secession talk and the zombie fears.

Ems and his wares are an insurance policy of sorts.

But does he believe any of that civil war and zombie stuff?

That doesn’t matter, says Ems, as long as his customers believe it.





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