Well, folks, I finally took the plunge and went into the new Bass Pro Shop in Leeds, Alabama. I made the mistake of going up to the rifle counter. There were at the time five folks behind the counter with two customers at the knife case being taken care of by one employee. The other four scurried back and forth behind the counter, doing their dead-level best to ignore me, the only other customer.
Finally I announced to the knife customers, "You know I don't have to put up with this, I can go home and be ignored by EXPERTS." Still, I had to walk the length of the counter and track down two of these "customer service" types.
"Excuse me," I interjected, are you out of AR-15s?"
One counter guy gave me the old fisheye, and announced with a sniff, "WE do NOT stock 'assault rifles.'" (He said the name sneeringly, with emphasis.) "We only carry SPORTING weapons."
I looked him dead in the fisheye and replied, "Now you're startin' to piss me off. Not 'sporting weapons'? I'll tell you what, sport. When they ban semi-auto rifles, they will immediately BECOME 'sporting weapons.' It will be open season on politicians then with no limit. Now that's MY kind of game, Mr. Fudd."
I don't think he got the 'Mr. Fudd,' but I turned and walked away, to the laughs and agreement of two other customers who had arrived.
It'll be the LAST time I darken their door.