2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Wow, thats a lot of guns....

News reports across the web today about the large amount of guns sold in the week leading up to Christmas...
By Nick Allen, Los Angeles, The Telegraph
7:17PM GMT 01 Jan 2012
According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas.
It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November.
On Dec 23 alone there were 102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history.

Wow, that's a lot of guns...especially since those background checks have got to include a bunch of multiple gun purchases in them...I bought one two days after Christmas (the 1903) so make that 1,500,001 according to my book....

The fact that this is making the news, along with stories about women being the largest growing group of gun owners and the like is heartening to me..and frightening.  I am afraid that the "antis" will use this sheer number of weapons in the hands of the public as a fear mongering story along with the misuse of them by criminals as a way of forcing more gun control into local legislations in the coming year.  Far and wide gun ownership is a protected right in most parts of the country right now.  But there are areas that do not favor gun ownership AT ALL..New York (unless you're juiced in with the local politicians), Washington DC, Chicago, a large portion of California, New Jersey....just to name a few.  Yes, the ownership of firearms is allowed in many of these places, but the restrictions on them in many cases are so strong as to be a practical ban on their use.  Even with the Heller and McDonald cases behind us there is still a lot of legislative and judicial work to be done to keep these rights as the founders intended intact.  The fact that our current POTUS has not made an aggressive move against guns is surprising to me. I remember lines 2 and 3 deep around the gun counter in November 2008 as everyone tried to buy up before the dreaded announcement of more restrictive gun laws. The entire "Operation Gun Runner" thing is maybe making a delay on it now, but with an election coming up his stance may change radically to rally voting blocks and a second term as a lame duck could give him the incentive to really put the screws to the issue...

Gun Control works....in all the wrong ways....

"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
Adolf Hitler, 1935

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