It took the death of Trevon Martin in Florida for those of us who are sane to begin questioning insane gun laws like Florida’s “stand your ground” legislation that allowed George Zimmerman to shoot and ask questions later. Of course there was no answer, since the round from Zimmerman’s Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm semi-automatic pistol found its way into the black teen’s chest and killed him. No doubt this has already prompted another run on handguns…just in case.
The “just in case” is for a lot of things like, naturally centered around more gun control, but primarily because gun worshippers are afraid that Barack Obama will cut loose in his second term with tougher controls over the purchase of weapons. As well he should, but so far we have seen no indication of this kind of move, except, in a recent conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev where the President made the following comments:
Obama asked Medvedev to let Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin know that he needed to “give me space” to deal with objections to the U.S.’s missile- defense plan.
“This is my last election, and after my election I have more flexibility,” Obama said to the Russian leader.
“I understand,” Medvedev replied in English, adding that he would “transmit this information to Vladimir.”
Although the above concerns a completely different issue, it was clear when Obama ran in 2008 that he had an interest at the time in some form of sane gun control. Then, not only was he hit by the gun bubbas in Congress, but the NRA and the rest of the gun lobby attacked him repeatedly through its membership and a perpetual media campaign. The idea was to whip the public into a frenzy that the new president wanted to take away their guns. It worked.
Gun buyers overwhelmed the retail locations in 2011, prompting a record 16.4 million instant criminal background checks of potential owners, up 14.2 percent from 2010, according to the FBI. Even though some were denied or the transaction wasn’t completed for some reason, others purchased multiple weapons.
It was just last week thatgun maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced the company was forced to temporarily suspend its acceptance of any new firearms orders due to a barrage of wholesale orders, already 1 million in 2012.
It is obvious that most of the approximately 16 million new guns in 2011 went into responsible gun-owning households. However, that’s one new gun per 20 individuals, almost 8 new guns per household. To me these figures are ludicrous when you consider the fact that there are already millions of weapons out there in homes and on the street. How many more do we need?
Will the National Rifle Assn. be satisfied when the figure hits the billions, if it hasn’t already?
MSNBC says, “Correlating state laws and gun sales is difficult, but in Utah and Texas — two states that have ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws” — pre-purchase background checks rose by 84.5 percent and 19.3 percent respectively in 2011. In California and New York — two states that do not have ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws — background checks rose by 10.9 and 12.6 percent respectively, according to the FBI.” Arizona has similar “Stand your Ground Law.”
NRA spokeswoman Stephanie Samford said: “People are really just putting a premium on personal safety.” With 8 new guns in a household, you can buy a lot of safety. I wonder if that is really what it’s all about.