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November 29, 2012

Buy guns, bullets for right reasons

The Daily Star

---- — Nationwide, and locally, sales of guns and ammunition have skyrocketed leading up to and after the re-election of President Barack Obama.

“It’s big-time gone through the roof,” said Jim Losie of Losie’s Gun Shop in Oneonta. “The biggest problem right now is just getting the stuff, because the manufacturers can’t keep up with the … demand.”

Linda Fitzpatrick, owner of Lyn’s Leisure Tyme Gun Shop in Davenport, made a similar observation.

“The thing is, they’ve been up during (Obama’s) whole administration,” she said. “But yes, since the election they’re up even more.”

We are happy, of course, whenever any local merchant sees his or her profits rise. The economy around here can use all the help it can get.

It is not our intention here and now to debate Second Amendment rights or whether ownership of assault weapons or voluminous amounts of ammunition is a good thing or a bad thing. Buying guns and bullets isn’t, after all, against the law, so we are not about to tell folks they shouldn’t buy, buy, buy to their hearts’ content. That is their right.

But it is also their right to be informed when they are being manipulated.

Wayne LaPierre, executive director of the National Rifle Association, has been on a crusade to scare gun owners into thinking that Obama is going to take away their guns and ammunition. Remember, LaPierre is the guy who in 1995, wrote a fundraising letter describing federal agents as “jack-booted government thugs.” Former Republican President George H.W. Bush quit the NRA because of that.

In 2000, LaPierre accused Democratic President Bill Clinton of a nefarious plan to pass gun control legislation by tolerating murders.

Earlier this year, LaPierre called this “probably the most dangerous election in our lifetime for the Second Amendment. It could break the back of the Second Amendment.”

President Obama, meanwhile, while expressing a desire to reinstitute the expired assault weapons ban, has done nothing — nothing — to take away even one bullet from any law-abiding citizen. In fact, he signed into law legislation allowing guns to be brought into national parks and on Amtrak trains.

What sets normal, rational gun owners apart from the nut-job survivalists out in Idaho and thereabouts who buy into LaPierre’s nonsense about “a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intention to destroy the Second Amendment during his second term” is the ability to reject such hysteria.

Buy guns and bullets galore if you like. But do it because you need them and want them, not because of any irrational worry that the president might send “jack-booted government thugs” to take them away.