Monday, February 16, 2009

The Obama Effect

I know, it sounds like some sort of scientific principle like the Tyndall Effect (seen in gelatin). But it is anything but scientific.

And appears to me to be completely unfounded.

The Obama Effect is being witnessed in big box stores like WalMart, Academy and Gander Mountain, as well as mom and pop gun stores like The Double Shot Liquor and Guns Drive Thru in Schulenberg, Texas.

People are buying up guns and ammunition at record rates.

And guess why?

Barack Obama.

People who love and appreciate the function of firearms have become concerned since his election that President Obama is going to do away with gun ownership in the United States. As a result, they are taking precautionary steps to stock up before he takes action.

Even now in these times of economic uncertainty and tight family budgets, people are going out and buying guns, guns and more guns. Concealed weapons classes are full. Some weapons, notably Glocks can’t seem to stay on the shelves.

Now the thing is, I don’t recall ever hearing that Barack Obama has at the top of his agenda a desire to limit the rights of gun ownership. I recall the “cling to their guns and their religion” remark, the remark that got now SecState Hillary Clinton out for a photo op at the firing range.

Yes, he does have issues with assault rifles, as do I. As I also have an issue with killing Bambi by shooting him full of lead. He did support the ban on handguns in DC (a ban that was lifted by Bush’s Supremes), but on limiting ownership, while I understand he doesn’t really enthusiastically support gun ownership, he basically doesn’t think he can do anything about it. Read about it here.

Here, I think, is the bottom line statement that leads me to my conclusion that Obama won’t be doing anything about guns:

“Q: When you were in the state senate, you talked about licensing and registering gun owners. Would you do that as president?”

“A: I don’t think that we can get that done. But what we can do is to provide just some common-sense enforcement. The efforts by law enforcement to obtain the information required to trace back guns that have been used in crimes to unscrupulous gun dealers. As president, I intend to make it happen. We essentially have two realities, when it comes to guns, in this country. You’ve got the tradition of lawful gun ownership. It is very important for many Americans to be able to hunt, fish, take their kids out, teach them how to shoot. Then you’ve got the reality of 34 Chicago public school students who get shot down on the streets of Chicago. We can reconcile those two realities by making sure the Second Amendment is respected and that people are able to lawfully own guns, but that we also start cracking down on the kinds of abuses of firearms that we see on the streets. ”

Now if that means Obama wants to take away your guns, then by all means, go out and spend your kids’ college money on another “Nine.” Get one for each member of your family.

The gun industry will thank you from the bottom of its cold, cold heart.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why isn't buying a gun considered a good thing for the economy?

It's as least as good as spending money on the NEA, dog parks in Austin, STD prevention programs, etc.