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Americans wanted the 2nd Amendment under their Christmas Tree

by Ed Farnan – Gun sales broke records throughout America this Christmas season. Is it just the holiday spirit of giving that spurred these sales? Or is it Americans realization that gun ownership is the last line of defense in self protection?

Either way, the FBI has been flooded with record breaking numbers of requests for background checks from gun dealers. Gun dealers are required to send these forms in to the FBI when customers purchase a firearm. In some states citizens are not allowed to walk out of the store with a new weapon at time of sale, there is a several day waiting period.

Many existing firearm owners and new owners are expressing concern that the government may start to clamp down on gun ownership rights by attacking the 2nd Amendment to the constitution, which guarantees their right to own and bear firearms.

Coincidentally the current volume of gun sales broke the previous record set in 2008, the first year of the Obama administration. President Obama and Attorney General Eric holder have both expressed opinions that firearm sales are too lax and need to have heavier regulation.

Interestingly, the unfolding gun running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” may have had a secret motive behind it to show a need for stricter controls. A Congressional investigation is ratcheting up to determine just who authorized the scheme and why. But as a result of Fast and Furious, Mexico, via Arizona, was flooded with dangerous weapons which fell into the hands of criminals and drug cartels. These illegal firearms have been responsible for thousands of deaths.

But if the intent of F & F was to tighten gun sales, it looks as if it has backfired. Americans are now buying more weapons, possibly as the result of Fast and Furious. The statistics behind the new gun purchasers in the United States show an interesting cross section of who these purchasers are.

Women seem to be purchasing guns in greater numbers, either for self protection or sport purposes. It bears out the trend that women are breaking stereotypes in yet another area that was once a domain of men; gun ownership. This could stem from a variety of cultural reasons, including that women are living alone and want self protection. Women are also enjoying outdoor firearm sports in growing numbers, such as target shooting and hunting.

Other new gun owners seem to be young professionals and young families seeking the security of having a firearm in their home for self protection. Instead of putting their faith in 911 as their last line defense of home and family, this new wave of gun owners is putting their faith in 9mm/.380 and .45 instead.

The National Rifle Association, the world’s largest gun advocacy organization, estimates there are 80 million gun owners in the United States…and the number is growing. This is a disturbing trend to those on the left who would like to see gun laws modeled after many European countries, severely curtailing gun ownership. Of course you must judge this thinking with the same desire of the left who want to model our economic system after Europe. How’s that working out for you?

America is not Europe, as evidenced by immigration of an overwhelming number of people over the years moving from Europe to the freedoms that America offers. One of those freedoms is the right to bear arms. But along with that right comes the responsibility of practicing safe gun ownership AND keeping an eye on a government that wants to take your rights away.

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Comments (100)

  1. blaine e melville says:

    yes and oddlly enough as in the virginia tech shooting the police are really only able to show up after na incident. A “firefight” to use hollywood terms lasts mere seconds the clean up yrs. And all of the crime fighting money millions is only usable in most cases after the fact.Or in the fast&furious situation set in motion by an overzealous group of “bright” agent?? boy is that an OXYMORONNN

  2. blaine e melville says:

    propably be a good idea to snapp up any odd gun prts and reloading equipment if you can. some times an odd junk area in a surplus store will yield odd magazines ect for variuos weapons . this potus is from Chicago high crime low gun ownership & I’m certain the 2nd amendment is soon to be tramped by his jackbooted thughs a la Holder and the “peaceloving OWS” types all they need are brown shirts now

  3. Jerry says:

    Hey Steven O, I see you’ve resorted to name calling. So, aside from your obvious rectal cranial inversion, this following article is just one reason why people are arming up

    “Police Trained Nationwide That Informed Americans Are Domestic Terrorists”

    Law enforcement across the country are being educated that informed Americans who know their rights are dangerous and that cops are their enemy.

    Police Trained Nationwide That Informed Americans Are Domestic Terrorists.

    Paul Joseph Watson, Kurt Nimmo & Alex Jones
    Prison Planet.com
    Friday, March 13, 2009

    A secret report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center lists Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists. This is merely the latest example in an alarming trend which confirms that law enforcement across the country is being trained that American citizens are a dangerous enemy.

    A copy of the MIAC report was sent to us by two Missouri police officers who were concerned by its content.

    Perhaps due to the outlandish and shocking nature of the document, some people are still having difficulty believing it is real. Unfortunately, we have confirmed that it’s 100 per cent genuine. We spoke with Capt Hull at the Missouri State Highway Patrol who told us that the MIAC Strategic Report is a part “normal operation for officers” to receive these periodic reports for “safety purposes and to track trends or changes”. Hull added that the report was for the purposes of training their officers.

    Anyone still in doubt as to the veracity of the document can call the MIAC toll free at 866-362-6422 and confirm it for themselves.

    We also spoke to Lt. John Hotz who, along with Capt Hull, declined to appear on The Alex Jones Show to talk about the document, but had no qualms about admitting that it was genuine and had been handed out to Missouri police officers.

  4. Gordon Martines says:

    To my fellow bloggers;
    You can have Your RPG’s, your LAWS rockets and your Tanks, it will eventually all boil down to a strategic, tactical Rifleman that will emerge the victor. Never underestimate the power of a true core value Constitutionalist and Oath Keeper. Keep your Gun, keep your Faith and they can keep the change…just an old veteran cop reflecting, Gordon Martines

  5. Genuinely when someone doesn’t know after that its up to other visitors that they will assist, so here it takes place.

  6. Chet says:

    During or just prior to WWII when Japan was comtemplating attacking the United States homeland, a Japanese General is quoted as saying “If we (Japan) set foot upon American soil there will be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”

    Armed American citizenry is a deterant to foreign invasion and any homegrown attempted take over by radical extremists. A free America is far from the minds of those who want to disarm American citizens. This is a crucial issue especially now when Obama is trying to undermine America’s military might.

  7. Jobeth says:

    Thanks for cnotirubitng. It’s helped me understand the issues.

  8. Black Jack/N.J. says:

    Ed, this was a well written article for many reasons: American’s are fed up with constant government lies and the inability to control their own members’ activities (politicians and tenured employees). money laundering, political ‘bullying’ and their intent to turn us into a model ‘Europe’ where gun control allows criminals free reign over honest people, especially seniors, often resulting in severe injuries and death! What does our Attorney General and the BATFE do? They break all laws and promote gun sales to known straw purchasers against the will of the licensed gun dealers just to ‘frame’ the honest gun industry and those of us who wish to purchase these various weapons to protect ourselves from criminals and our own government officials! Join the NRA if you’re not already a member and encourage other gun owners to do the same, as the NRA is the largest ‘Civil Rights’ organization, (gun right lobby) founded in 1871 and protector of our 2nd Amendment Rights! There are other organizations out there like the 2nd Amendment Society and many state organizations you can also become an active member, remember, fighting Congress and your State legislatures doesn’t get done by some unknown person magically! Here in the ‘Socialist State of New Jersey’ where the 2nd Amendment wasn’t even incorporated into our State Constitution when our Constitution was revised in 1946 at the Constitutional Convention, I joined a new gun lobby organization called the New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society. It’s (our) purpose is to promote the ‘Right to Carry’ and eliminate the many draconian gun laws we still have here! Doesn’t the U.S. Constitution and the 2nd Amendment guarantee us the right to own and bear arms, even outside our homes? No wonder our population in the State is decreasing, people moving West and South, people fled the Communist Bloc, now they’re fleeing the most politically corrupt State in the Union!
    Keep up the great work and keep us informed on this very important and critical issue facing US all! I love all the readers comments, looks like an informed and intellectual group! Black Jack from Washington Township (Sewell) N.J.

    • Jerry says:

      Caution, this may be too risky to deal with… But I have a question which I believe is the key to the whole damn problem… If I may:

      Can somebody in congress (or anyone) please explain to me how they, Congress, or the Federal Government have any direct legislative authority or jurisdiction over the people of the 50 several states. (Please don’t tell me about Interstate Commerce, that’s a different issue)

      According to everything I have read, they (Congress) only have limited Federal Legislative Jurisdiction within the 10 square miles of the District of Columbia and over Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Territories, then how can they impose any legislation (such as Obama care) or any mandate upon the People of these united states of America?

      You may research this for yourself by looking up: http://www.constitution.org/juris/fjur/fj0-0000.htm, INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE FOR THE STUDY OF JURISDICTION OVER FEDERAL AREAS WITHIN THE STATES, Submitted to the Attorney General and transmitted to the President June 1957, Reprinted by Constitutional Research Associates P.O. Box 550, So. Holland, Illinois 06473.

      Be very careful, this kind of talk will label you a terrorist according to their latest batch of legislation! (thank you John McCain)

      Let’s ask all of our Representatives and Senators this question and see what they say. I’ll be willing to guess most of them won’t know the lawful answer and the rest will just tap dance!

  9. Steven O says:

    If the US is indeed “safer” than other countries as many of you insist, then why reports like this:

    “In 2003, there were 30,136 firearm-related deaths in the United States; 16,907 (56%) suicides, 11,920 (40%) homicides (including 347 deaths due to legal intervention/war), and 962 (3%) undetermined/unintentional firearm deaths.

    CDC/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, WISQARS Injury Mortality Reports 1999-2003

    The rate of death from firearms in the United States is eight times higher than that in its economic counterparts in other parts of the world.
    Kellermann AL and Waeckerle JF. Preventing Firearm Injuries. Ann Emerg Med July 1998; 32:77-79.

    The overall firearm-related death rate among U.S. children younger than 15 years of age is nearly 12 times higher than among children in 25 other industrialized countries combined.
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 1997;46:101-105″

    • mariano says:

      I guess you haven’t been following the riots in England and Greece;although for different reasons the innocent citizens there had no way to protect themselves other than baseball bats and golf clubs……thats safer????

      • Steven O says:

        If you think it is not post up a statistic.

        All comments with no data will otherwise be considered to be unsubstantiated.

    • The OLD Warhorse says:

      What you do NOT include in your “statistics” is the number of “Gang Related” shootings. In any urban area, if you remove those shootings from the total stats, it completely changes the impression, but that is NOT what you were trying to do, is it?
      Two things you should always keep in mind when talking about gun ownership:
      1. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
      2. IF you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have them.

      Folks, the recent case of the 18 year old widowed mom, defending her and her baby by shooting a woodbe attacker armed with a big knife, is the only thing you need to know. She was even on the phone for 19 minutes with the 911 operator while the attackers were trying to break in. Ninteen minutes, that’s 19 folks, yup, 19 minutes waiting for the police to show up and “protect” her from harm. Can you imagine how long that must have seemed to her?

      • Glyne47 says:

        Remember you have roughly 3 seconds to make a few decissions once an attacker has chosen you !!!!!!!!, because you don’t chose your attacker. First decission kill or be killed and if you choose kill shoot to kill if you are a good shot, if you are not a good shot, shoot until the gun is out of amo. the intruder did not choose you to do good things to you, you were chose to have him to do the most harm he possibly can to you, your family or property or possibly all of the above if he is not stopped.

    • Renee says:

      Ignore Steve the TROLL! Don’t egg IT on. IT may not even be human.

      • Steven O says:

        It does not matter what I say, what data I post up, or how civil the attempt at rational debate is. The typical rabid conservative foaming at the mouth pit bull response is to merely hurl insults or slap me with the label “troll.” That is quite childish.

        If you do not agree then post I some statistics to support your view. I will read them since I am a rational person. And, when did ever say I was in favor of taking away gun ownership or self-defense rights? I never once said I advocated that. I am merely trying to get people thinking about the need for better gun safety and better background checks.

        And you attempt at insults accomplishes nothing. As I have posted before, I am not so vain as to only post my comments for those who ALREADY agree with me to read. That would accomplish nothing. And, Amac itself has made the claim of being NON-PARTISAN in its propaganda blurbs. I intend to hold them to their word if they are an organization with any integrity at all.

    • Ron says:

      This is for Steve O
      Though your statistics maybe true, you need to be fair and balanced about it. The crime rate is twice as high in non-gun totting countries, such as Australia and Europe, where citizens don’t have the right to a gun. Only the honest people turned in their guns….not the scums planning their evil deeds.
      Regarding your stats…accidents do happen, improper use of guns cause accidents and unfortunately sometimes death. BUT it’s not the gun’s fault! Maybe you site how many deaths are related to car accidents. Is it the car’s fault?
      I personally belong to the NRA and have a concealed weapons permit….but don’t have a gun. In time I plan on getting one, but what catapulted me to action was OBAMA. I feel more threatened by our own government and losing our liberties. I never thought about getting a gun, until this administration made it clear to tighten up gun laws. It’s my way of saying, “Count me in…I’m all for the RIGHT to bare arms”.

      • Steven O says:

        Seriously, what kind of weapon to you think would be a match to stand up against a government militia?

        Oh, I get it. At least you could go down fighting.

        And what exactly is the threat?

        Seriously? More democracy? Worse case being that we might end up similar to Canada? Canada has a fraction of our debt burden too so that might not be all bad.

        Please realize that we still have a very strong two party system in this country, so I think your fears are largely unfounded.

  10. pete says:

    ..an interesting thing has happened to my country over my lifetime. At one time, the US government stood for all that is right and good and was a force for stability and prosperity. Now it has become a threat to the safety and security middle class tax payer and voter.. I have come to the conclusion that I must be prepared to defend myself, my family and my property.

  11. Mike says:

    I bought my second last gun when Obummer won, and my last gun just a couple weeks ago. I am scared to death what Obummer will try. The point is like the old WW 2 song, “Praise the Load and pass the ammunition” I will never give up my guns and will go down shooting if necessary. I love America, not that Hitler like creep we have in the White House. So bring it on BAMSTER!

  12. Sodbuster says:

    Move to Nev, we open carry here, No problems with crime here. Now, I’m not talking about Vegas. That’s a different
    story. Cops in vegas and Henderson will kill you for just being in the area. Be very careful when driving in these two
    cities. I’m 85 and just as big as any goon out there because we can carry. Join the NRA and protect the 2nd
    ammendment, it’s well worth it. Obummass would already be after your guns if it wasn’t for the NRA. Forget about
    Steven O, He doesn’t have brains one, he needs to read about history that many of us have been through. He needs
    to read about the dictators that had gun control as job number one. But the way–buy more ammo.

    • Renegade says:

      Sodbuster, you are absolutely right in everything you said about gun ownership. Pres. Nobama’s goal is to make this country a socialist country, like Europe. Funny thing is, that the countries in Europe realize that Socialism and Keynesian economics just doesn’t work and they are moving away from both. To add insult to injury, Congress and the Senate have passed what I called the “Battlefield USA” act which opens the way for all our civil rights to be taken away at our so-called President’s discretion. It allows our government to arrest citizens for any cause that it deems “sufficient” and hold us without trial, for as long as they think it is necessary. Welcome to NAZI Germany II. I’m stock-piling precious medals to protect my future, mostly lead.

  13. Glenn Shannon says:

    I think the biggest threat is not gun control but the control of ammunition as the 2nd amendment really doesn’t address that. Without ammunition guns would be worthless so watch out for the government to go in that direction.

  14. Nicka says:

    I have been doing a lot of research on Obama and his cohorts . His promise to fundamentally change the United States involves over burdening the welfare system and spending into bankruptcy and thereby collapsing the government. The Constitution will be gone and so no more 2nd Amendment and our Civil Rights.

    • Steven O says:

      Just like the Bush Cheney wars? Iraq is expected to cost $3 trillion by the time we are finished paying for it.

      Want to talk about bankruptcy? It has been estimated that nearly 50% of the US debt came from wars and defense spending and the two Bushes together were responsible for 40-50% of that figure.

      Now, how much did our oil wars cost in comparison to helping provide healthcare for our own citizens? It seems to me like we should care for our own first and then when that has been accomplished care for others. If we try to continue as the world’s policeman we will bankrupt out country for sure. And there are dozens of regimes that are far worse than the former one in Iraq in terms of human rights violations and we are not yet at war with them. Face it. We wanted to continue to control the oil supply.

      And Bush was the one who constantly spewed forth the term “New World Order…”…That should be enough to get any “conspiracy” addict paranoid to say the least…

      • johnboy says:

        no oil no hospitals//unless they run on solar[ on a cloudy day]??no plastics no ambulance etc…..got it?

      • Mitch says:

        You are a dye-in-the-wool idiot. I’m not here with my tax dollars to give them to ideologues and deadbeats like yourself who won’t learn from the last 3 years. Good grief….

      • Nicka says:

        Obama has spent more in three years than all the other presidents from Washington to Bush. The war cost is small compared to the social programs.

      • Pam says:

        Steven O

        GET OVER IT! As if we have no clue and have blinders on, such as you!

      • Steven O says:

        Sorry, but you, Bush, Cheney, the CIA, and even the Democrats all had blinders on when it comes to the Iraq war. Face it. $1 trillion spent so far. $3 trillion estimated by the time we pay for it.

        And for what? Trumped up charges, flawed intelligence, and a foregone conclusion before the war even started. There were even high level resignations over this in the CIA. And as I hope you aware, exposes and books written by insiders who were in the know.

        If this is how you want to bankrupt our country in the future then go ahead and support more of the same, keep your blinders on, and refuse to learn from the past!

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