As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns, I think that we've seen for some time now that those who oppose any common-sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government is about to take all your guns away. And there's probably an economic element to that. It obviously is good for business.First note how the president suggests those who oppose Democrats' gun control schemes lack common sense (Nothing like slipping a little Alinsky-like ridicule). He also fails to specify who these people might be who have instilled fear in gun owners.
However, I've spotted a few gun sale motivators over the past month. I'll quote three. And they're all the president's allies in the gun control pitch.
Start with Senator Dianne Feinstein on NBC's Meet the Press last month:
I'm going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House - a bill to ban assault weapons. It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession, not retroactively, but prospectively.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last month said he wanted gun control action on the state level:
Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option.VP Joe Biden renewed the alarm in pro-gun circles last week, saying the president would act on gun control:
The president is going to act. There are executive orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.In the hours after Biden's comments, I personally witnessed a surge in business at three gun sellers in my area. At one, I simply witnessed a near empty parking lot go to near capacity. In the two where I went inside, Biden's words were a hot topic as arms and ammo passed from seller to buyers.
Mr. Obama's comment today was about as preposterous as one Sen. Feinstein made last month when she declared that guns are more lethal and powerful today than they were in 1994.
Why would anyone listen to the likes of those like Obama and Feinstein on gun control when they deliberately mislead to sell their positions?