Opinion

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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blaine e melville
8 years ago

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

blaine e melville
8 years ago

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

Jerry
8 years ago

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,… Read more »

Gordon Martines
8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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

Chet
8 years ago

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.

Jobeth
8 years ago

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

Steven O
8 years ago

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;… Read more »

Black Jack/N.J.
8 years ago

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… Read more »

pete
8 years ago

..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.

Mike
8 years ago

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!

Sodbuster
8 years ago

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… Read more »

Glenn Shannon
8 years ago

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.

Nicka
8 years ago

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.

Mike J.
8 years ago

We can discuss why/how/when all we want about the 2nd Amendment ,having and using guns,etc. Here’s the real deal: When other countries wanted to invade the USA, citizens with guns was a major factor in why they chose NOT to invade us. The terrorist today know they can’t hurt us unless its with a cowardly IED , or planes or mass destruction devices. They know they can’t go one-on-one with us.If we had no guns, they would use guns. Period. Citizens with a CCW permit are NOT a danger to the police or their community. The news is filled each… Read more »

tommyboy
8 years ago

Steven will change his mind as soon as he gets mugged and or robbed. They always do.

al masters
8 years ago

as gun owners we need to support our NRA as much as we can. it is just about the only lobby that speaks for the 2nd amendment. anyone owning a firearm needs to seriously consider becomiong a member of the NRA. i am not an employee/officer/agent or anyone connected to the NRA other than as an NRA member.(just as i hope you are)

Arnold
8 years ago

Eric Holder is a racist and needs to be taken down as head of department of justice — if fast and furious is not the perfect reason he will never be removed — remember these days as they may be the last

Gerry
8 years ago

In reference to Frank907 – Thank you for your service, sir. I, too, am a veteran and I consider my oath to have been an oath for life. Are you a member of Oath Keepers, sir, If not, I suggest you google Oath keepers and join. Also, please consider becoming a member of the Constitution Party. We back the Constitution 100%, fully defend the 2nd Amendment, believe in life as being from the moment of conception until death, closed borders, no amnesty for illegal aliens, and limited government, just to mention a few things. Our platform can be seen on… Read more »

Jayroy
8 years ago

Point of fact the FBI is a GO- NO GO clearing house for firearm sales. By law they CAN NOT keep records of who buys what. These records are kept by the selling dealer for insprction of tha ATFE not the FBI. The numbers reported are tanted because the 49 states that have some kind of carry system use tge same FBI system to do background on permit applicates. Also those of us with carry permits the selling Dealer DOES NOT call the FBI when a weapon is purchased. The only state without somekind of Carry system is Illinois (Obama… Read more »

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