TULSA - Even as President Barack Obama outlined his strategy to enact new laws governing the sale and tracking of firearms, customers packed Dong's Guns, Ammo and Reloading in Tulsa, buying ammunition, clips, weapons and other gear at a furious pace.
Patrons and employees listened to KRMG's coverage of the President's speech on an iPhone, some reacting visibly as Mr. Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden spoke.
The transactions at the counters never slowed, however, as more people continued to pour into the store and the phones continued to ring with inquiries from other customers.
Not everyone there completely dismissed what the nation's chief executives had to say.
"It's a tough call, I don't know," one man told KRMG. "You need to make this (gun ownership) as safe as possible, but it needs to be, you know, make sure you keep your rights as a citizen as well."
He went on to say, "I don't want people to get hurt, but...I don't want to be told what to do by the government every time (I) turn around."
As far as some of the specific proposals, he thought making new laws wouldn't really accomplish much.
For example, the President's proposal to limit ammunition clip capacity to ten rounds.
"I can carry three ten-round clips in my pocket as easily as I can carry one thirty," he said, noting that it takes only a moment to eject one clip and load another.
Others who spoke with KRMG had a darker view of the President's intentions.
One man said in his opinion, the founding fathers' intentions were clear.
"Their intent was not to protect my right to go out and poke holes in paper or shoot Bambi. It's to protect me from an oppressive government, and it looks like they're trying to build one for us."
One female customer, who said she'd due to give birth "any day now," was eyeing two semi-automatic rifles, including a .223 Bushmaster much like the weapon investigators say was used in the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre of school children.
Asked if she was considering buying the weapon, she said, "Oh, I am buying one."
When asked why, she replied, "If the government doesn't want you to have one, there's probably a good reason why you should have one."