They took our jobs…guns…well not yet but maybe someday.
Big governmental conspiracies always make me chuckle. If working in the Army has taught me anything about the government, it’s that we are far too collectively incompetent to keep a massive secret well…secret for long, especially if that secret is tied to controversial idea. Too many strongly held view points and far too many leaks combined with a large government makes such a conspiracy an impossible endeavor in most situations.
Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA, disagrees with me (From Think Progress),
LAPIERRE: They’ll say gun owners — they’ll say they left them alone…In public, the president will remind us that he’s put off calls from his party to renew the old Clinton ban, that he hasn’t pushed for new gun control laws…The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the Second Amendment. But it’s a big fat stinking lie!…It’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country…Before the president was even sworn into office, they met and they hatched a conspiracy of public deception to try to guarantee his re-election in 2012.
Now, I am a gun nut in an extended family of gun nuts (read: Texans). My custom Springfield .45 XD is one of my favorite toys, even compared to the 25mm Bushmaster chain gun that the Army lets me play with. My family has assault rifles, a few ranch rifles, and my father has a decent collection of historical weapons (the prize being a still functional Sharps Carbine). However, I still agree with many gun control laws and I am in favor of strengthening the penalties for violations, especially in urban or violence prone areas. My beef being that if you’re planning to commit armed robbery, a dinky gun violation is the least of your concerns. Furthermore, I really dislike how El Paso has become the gun store of choice for the violent cartels in Juarez in their campaign of escalating carnage.
So when I see that gun control has slipped low on Obama’s massive list of priorities, I take that at face value. He probably has more important things to do. I didn’t rush out to the ammo store like so many of my buddies when Obama became President (ok, we were already stocked up) out of baseless fear that he would take away our ammo.
I don’t see shadows in the dark moving to yank my guns out of my warm alive hands. I do see a need for better regulation and control of weapons. Guns should not be impossible to own, but a background check and registration requirements seem logical. And there is still the huge gun show loophole of second hand sales that anyone can exploit if they feel the government is encroaching on their personal freedom.
I don’t see the need for baseless fear mongering.