A story today out of the countryâ€™s heartland describes how gun shop owners are seeing a dramatic increase in gun sales, a “hoarding” of ammunition, and an extraordinary increase in concealed carry permit applications since Barack Obama took office. According to Tulsa, Oklahoma journalist Kelly Bostian, gun sales first spiked in November, coinciding with Obamaâ€™s election and with Democrats adding to their majority in Congress. Bostian notes furtherÂ that gun dealers specificallyÂ cite political worries about gun rights, as well as concernsÂ about increased crime due to the worsening economy, as the reasons for theÂ remarkable spike in sales.
How remarkable? Jim Prall, owner of a sports shop in Tulsa, said, â€œWe’ve sold more ammunition in the last three months than we sold last year.â€ State reports out of Oklahoma indicate an 87 percent increase in concealed carry permit applications for February 2009 over February 2008.
Do gun owners and buyers have a reason to be scared? If Obamaâ€™s cabinet choices are any indication, then the answer is a resounding â€œyes.â€ Hang on to your Second Amendment, people, here are some of Obamaâ€™s cabinet membersâ€™ views on gun control:
In April 2003 and again in October 2005, both Hilda Solis (Labor SecretaryÂ and longtime member of the socialist-leaningÂ Progressive Caucus)Â and Rahm Emanuel (Obama’s Chief of Staff andÂ ruthless left-wing intimidator) voted â€œNoâ€ on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers as punishment for violence that is committed with guns. By such reasoning,Â car manufactures should be held accountable for many of the 50,000 auto-related deaths that occur on American roads each year.
Secretary of State and Former First Lady Hillary ClintonÂ ran for her Senate seat in 2000 on a gun-control platform. â€œWe have to do more to stand up to those who refuse to believe the reality that guns do kill and that common-sense gun measures can make a difference,â€ she said. â€œI believe we need a comprehensive plan to stop gun violence, and it is one of the reasons I am running for the Senate.â€ HerÂ proposals included the creation of a national gun registry and laws that required guns and ammunition to be stored in separate locations!
â€œExcuse me for one moment, Mr. Home Invader, my ammo is in the other closetâ€¦â€
At the forefront of any anti-firearms crusade, we are likely to find Attorney General Eric Holder, best known for helping to secure presidential pardons for 16 FALN terrorists in 1999. HolderÂ seems ready and willing to take up the anti-gunÂ cause on behalf of the President. â€œAs President Obama indicated during the campaign,â€ Holder said recently, â€œthere are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons.â€
Many gun owners view this as just the beginning of the erosion of the right to bear arms, particularly in light of the fact that many anti-gun crusaders wrongly and deceitfully classifyÂ a wide range ofÂ semiautomaticÂ firearms as “assault weapons.”
Back in April 2008, Obama chided many Americans for their alleged inclinationÂ to “cling to guns or religion.”Â Thanks to his electionÂ in November, it seems that Americans are now “clinging” to such thingsÂ more than ever.