Like millions of
American gun owners, I am bothered by President Obama’s and Democrats’ constant attempts at so called “common sense” gun control. Why they can’t understand the facts that stare them in the face befuddles me. Nevertheless, I am not overly concerned. Here’s why.
Large numbers of felons who should be denied the right to purchase a firearm after a background check aren’t. Poor and inconsistent reporting keeps them off the list. Prosecutions for gun crimes has dropped precipitously over the past decade. Etc., etc. We don’t enforce the gun laws we have on the books. Americans don’t understand why we need new gun laws when we don’t enforce the ones we have.
Beyond this, terrorism, the Ferguson Effect (discouraging aggressive policing) and rising crime rates make Americans feel less safe. Law abiding Americans buy guns to protect themselves and their families because they know that by the time first responders reach them, in most cases it will be too late.
Gun purchases and gun manufacturers stock prices are going through the roof not because rural rednecks are buying their tenth and twentieth gun. They are on the rise because more and more Americans who have never owned a gun are buying them. Despite all the anti-gun propaganda, they understand that they are their own first responder.
There will always be a cohort of people, mostly on the left, who abhor guns and would like to eliminate them from society altogether, but they are losing the battle. With every domestic terrorist attack and mass shooting in a “no-gun zone” more Americans buy guns.
Despite Barack Obama’s tendency to ignore The Constitution and the law, there is little he can do with his pen and his phone. The 10 executive measures announced on January 5 are meager and won’t stand up in the courts or survive a Republican president.
I don’t suggest we shouldn’t resist Obama’s and Democrats’ gun-control campaign, we should just buy more guns and more shares of American gun manufacturer’s stock. That sends a powerful message no on can ignore. Gun owners vote, and 2016 is a year to send another message. “Don’t mess with my guns.”