So now that Obama is president, some Americans are afraid that they are going to lose their right to bear arms, or at least certain types of arms, mainly assault rifles. Well, there may be some truth to that as Obama has said that he is for reinstating the federal ban on selling assault rifles. In preparation for this possible law, people are flocking to gun stores and buying up all the guns they can afford. In fact, in the struggling economy, gun shops seem to be the only retail genre that are not suffering.
One town in Fort Worth Texas has sold $100,000 worth of guns A DAY since the election. Not 100,000 dollars since the election, but PER DAY. That’s 400,000 thousand dollars in gun sales in four days. The shop owner seemed pretty happy about it, but then I guess he forgot that he will get taxed on 150,000 dollars of that at a 3% higher rate. And Colorado has seen 1500 background checks for first time gun buyers since Tuesday.
This is astounding, and scary to me. It’s astounding because I wonder how people are paying for these guns. Are they dipping into their retirement funds? Are they willing to go wihtout food for a week if it means they can get their hands on some cold blue steel? Is the economy really not in that bad of shape? I mean, when folks in one city can spend almost half a million dollars on guns in four days, I have to ask: where is the recession? Or are they just not paying their credit card bills and mortgages for fear that the liberal black man will take them all away.
It’s scary to me because that is a lot of guns going into the hands of citizens. I believe that they are law abiding citizens, and I believe in the 2nd Amendment, to a degree. I do not necessarily believe that the general population should have access to assault rifles, though. Just look at that guy who killed the twelve year old trick or treater who knocked on his door. Sure, the dude was an ex-felon and probably should not have had a gun in the first place, but he definitely should not have had an assault rifle. Those things are what the military and SWAT teams use; they should not be allowed in the hands of average citizens.
I know I may come off as sounding too liberal, or ant American, or whatever, but the fact of the matter is that guns in general are dangerous, and assault rifles are moreso. Why do we need them? For home protection? I sincerely doubt it. For when the goose-steppers come knocking at our door? Okay, I’ll agree to that a little more willingly, but now that BushCo is on the way out, I am not as scared of that as I once was. It’s still a possibility, sure, but it’s about as likely as Obama suddenly revealing that he is a Muslim who wants to destroy America: not very (cause he’s not a Muslim, and I truly believe he cares about this country).
I am open to reasons why citizens need assault rifles because I cannot fathom any genuine ones, except for the argument that they are not illegal and that we are entitled to them under the 2nd Amendment of the Constituiton. Like I said, I am not against the 2nd Amendment, but I don’t think it means that we should be allowed to own rocket launchers or RPGs, even though those are technically arms as well. Small firearms, hunting rifles, shotguns, those I’m okay with because they can be used for home defense, and hunting. Sure assault rifles can be used to hunt, but they are not really designed for that purpose (unless you’re hunting humans, and in that case you really shouldn’t have a gun at all).
So please if anyone has any reasons (I’ll decide if they’re valid or not) as to why we should be allowed to own assault rifles leave a comment. I am interested in the other side of the coin because, as I said, I am having a hard time seeing any real good justification for it.
As a note: Apparently is is extremely difficult (though still possible) to obtain a gun in the Czech Republic. There are a multitude of tests, you have to be at least 18 (I think) and it is very expensive to get the papers that allow it, let alone the cost of the guns themselves. I mention this not because I think their system is better, but because that is where I live, and I thought I would offer a different country’s perpesctive on gun ownership, just to offer a glimpse into how a different country handles this issue. If I think about it I will explore it more, and maybe write a post on it.