…says Obama according to the Chicago Sun Times. Apparently, gun sales have rocketed almost 50 percent since Obama got elected according to the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (what in George Orwell’s name is THAT by the way?).
Obama has tried to pacify gun owners by stating that he’s not against gun ownership although he went on record as saying he favours a handgun ban in 1996 but later claimed one of his staffers had said that in error.
The fact that high rates of gun ownership = high rate of deaths from guns is hardly in doubt. Just check out this graph at Gun Control Network which shows the USA literally flying off the scale when it comes to this fact (although what the hell is Switzerland doing up there?). I think Michael Moore made the point pretty well too in Bowling for Columbine.
I’m not quite sure what gun owners hope to achieve by panic buying guns either. If Obama does dare impose some kind of ban – which based on the overwhelming evidence would make sense even if it does violate the Second Amendment – are they all going to reject it and get together and storm the White House toting machine guns? If there is a ban, they’d presumably have to give them up anyway so it just seems like a waste of money.