Originally posted on Facebook Notes
A friend of mine who is now living and working in Alaska (some of you may know her) brought this to my attention shortly after Obama was elected by expressing real fears of the eskimo natives in the tribal village where she now lives and works.
Obama’s feel-good idea is to ban the existence of gun shops (even any stores including the sale of ammunition alone) within 5 miles of any school. This 5 mile no-gunshop zone actually equates to a 10 mile diameter circle centered on the school.
So why is this a problem for the eskimos? Towns like Kwethluk where she lives (and many other native american villages across the country) are rather stereotypical of Eskimo towns in Alaska.
* Population 716
* make up of close to 95% native americans
* total land area 10 square miles. (about 3 1/2 miles in diameter)
* isolated and separate from there being any significant ‘population centers’ nearby
Kwethluk is considered an Alaskan ‘bush’ village where the next closest town is over 15 miles away and is similar in size and population makeup. Even the nearest larger town, Bethel is a mere 7 miles in diameter, close to 30 miles away and with no roads running between.
As a native eskimo village, the mean income tends to be low (33k and that number is somewhat padded by the service workers in the town such as administrators, teachers like my friend, etc.). This is due to the fact that most of the native eskimo residents are subsistence hunters and fishermen.
My friend wrote me to express concern over the ‘5 mile ban’ (10 mile diameter) as the bush towns are more often than not only able to get goods delivered by bush plane and then only at considerable expense. In Alaska this is especially poignant during the long winter. (she told of a horror story where she recently ordered toilet paper, had to order them bulk and was only able to get some offbrand ‘scratchpaper’ at $2 per roll)
Add again to this the fact that a bulk of any income in Alaska not only goes to a higher cost of goods and services, but those goods and services also include a significant cost for simple necessities like ‘heat’ in the forms of fuel oil, natural gas, propane and fuel for vehicles.
Add all these things together and what you get is, any of these towns that has a school (as required by federal law in most cases) will no longer be able to have a store to sell guns and ammunition for the subsistence hunting. Combined with the low monetary income of the native american subsistence hunters, this will also make it cost prohibitive for them to afford having ammunition flown in from any city large enough to have gun shops far enough from schools.
If you take a look at a map of Alaska you will see similar towns scattered all throughout the Alaskan bush and most similarly populated by a majority of native eskimo residents. I hadn’t heard anyone mention this aspect of the ‘effects’ of the 5 mile school ban until she brought it to my attention and I think it is quite worthy of a scrupulous look! I doubt I should hold my breath to see the mainstream news post the headline: “Obama plan starves native americans”