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Obama Pushes Gun Control in Wake of Aurora Shootings; Gun Sales Boom

Advocates of gun control are beating the drum more loudly perhaps than they have in years, hoping to capitalize on the tragic movie theater shooting in Aurora Colorado. A few are just the usual anti-gun suspects:

  •  Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) says we should ban online sales of ammunition. No word on whether she’ll renew her push to ban those shoulder things that go up.
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) says the shooting proves we need to reinstate her ban on semi-automatic rifles and other so-called “commonsense” gun controls. “Weapons of war don’t belong on the streets,” she told Fox News Sunday. We wonder if the senator is aware of the increasing popularity of these firearms for hunting and other sporting purposes. Regardless, she’s already revealed her dream: total gun confiscation.
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) wrote on op-ed in which she argues we should renew the “Assault Weapons” Ban, require private citizens to conduct background checks on gun buyers, and pass a national law that would require all states that issue concealed carry laws to rewrite them according to the “California model”. (Would anyone from California like to weigh in regarding the ease of obtaining a carry permit in your state?) But, don’t worry, Boxer says her proposals “are in no way a threat to law-abiding citizens who want access to firearms for hunting, collecting or protecting their individual families.” Give us a break.

But these are just the old codgers of gun control. It was predictable that they would use the Aurora tragedy as a “policy window” to push their agenda. What has everyone stunned is that President Obama has weighed in on the matter, voicing arguably his strongest support for gun control since taking office. Here’s an excerpt from his remarks at the National Urban League conference:

“These steps shouldn’t be controversial, they should be common sense. … I – like most Americans – believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership passed on from generation to generation, that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage. But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.”

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It’s difficult to say at this point whether this is all just a bunch of rhetoric or if anti-gun forces will gain tangible momentum. However, it must just drive Feinstein and McCarthy crazy that every time they open their mouths on guns, the same thing happens: Gun sales boom. Last week, fears over new gun control laws and concern for personal safety prompted an increase in firearms sales nationwide, including a 43-percent increase in Colorado.

What do you think of what President Obama had to say about gun control?

16 Responses
  • andy

    if they want to take away guns start with the secret services guns are ok to protect them but not us?

  • Bob

    The problem stems from the fact they do not get the assault weapons correct. if they were look that up in a army or service manual it would tell them that a weapon which is assault type would have a selector switch on it which the
    AR-15 does not have. That tells me they are oblivious to content of the weapon.
    The AK 47 is just a standard 308 caliber. But we all know that,they don’t. Ban political idiots if you want to end this. A Vietnam Veteran who believes in the 2nd amendment.

  • Alex

    I don’t think they should ban the semi autorifles, they should limit the magazine capacity from 30 to say 10. So if someone walks into a movie theater to kill or injure 70 people it will take longer giving them time to escape. Personally I just bought a FNP .45 and loved it, but I don’t think you need an semi for hunting, if you can’t hit it with a bolt action then you shouldn’t be hunting, you should be at the range practicing.

    • Pete

      Alex would you like to drive a GEO Metro because you don’t really need that (add car name and style here)? Well just what difference do you see? If you use either a car or a magazine legally there in none. Holmes broke over 30 laws that are already on the books do you think one more would have changed his warped mind? He could haave just as easily run down the entire line of movie goers with a car especially a 4-wheel drive truck (should they get banned because they are potentialy more deadly than a car?)
      Any mass murder is horrible thing but why is so much made of it when it is commited with a gun? The VA tech shooting was wiith a Glock but still “Assualt Weapons” should have been banned. What should be banned is “gun free zones that allow these cowards to plan these murders without the fear of someone shooting back at them which wouls scare them to death and probably change their mind about proceeding with thier warped plans.
      I use my AR’s and AK’s legally and I should not be punished because of a criminal that will never abide by any rule or law that is passed.

    • John

      Alex sounds like one of the “undercover” anti-gunners (there are paid employees of organizations such as VPC, etc whose job is to post subversive propaganda such as this, and try to get Americans to submit to “common sense” gun control laws. They know that if you give up a little, it makes it easier to take a little more later on. Magazine restrictions, ammo restrictions, etc.) The Second Amendment IS NOT ABOUT HUNTING! The original intent was that all American citizens be allowed to be armed for protection, against any threat, domestic or otherwise.

  • Frank

    “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks?” Crooks don’t follow laws. Implementing a gun ban is going to make crooks follow the law how?

    • Don

      It’s not just AKs but all guns in the hands of crooks. Treat a crook like a crook wether they 20 or 12 years of age if the criminal offense involves a juvenile in a gang or not treat him/her as you would an adult. Not this attitude we would ruin their life by putting them behind bars or in a chair. They don’t seem to mind it when they use a gun on someone else or even the hurt in the family members that have to live with this; or the lose of a right for others to own and bare arms specified in the 2nd Amendment. Treat a crook as a crook!

    • I agree totally! They need to ban politicians creating their own salaries, ban IRS from taking too many taxes out on us, ban the healthcare reform act, and leave us ALONE period. We got through the great depression okay.

    • Jeff

      Honestly, just taking it at face value, Obama’s statement doesn’t sound quite as anti-gun as it’s being advertised as. He could be talking about an AWB or he could be talking about–as he mentioned in another speech–cracking down on illegal firearms.

  • Ron

    I bought a Ruger sr9c, Itr’s a great handgun, I also own a Keltec P11, both are 9mm. I have had my ccw license for ablur a month now and feel that is is my right and don’t want this taken away be p president who idolizes people lik Chavez. I sure hope that this administration does not no cheat enough to win this upcomming election. I never though I would have to worry about this country becomming a socialist republic.

  • Ed

    Gun control shure worked out great in Mexico! Just look at the difference in there violent crime verses ours.

  • jack

    It is articles like this that are hurting gun owners. Articles that offer no information about actual legislation being introduced to limit gun ownership. This is just regurgitation of liberal talking points with no substance behind them.
    The result is an artificial surge in the prices of guns and ammo. Look at the inflated prices across the board despite no real threat of legislation.

  • Robert Hall

    They removed all guns from Britian and in less than a year, crime, with guns being used, went sky high. Especially home invasions. Charles Heston still says it best There’s no such thing as a good gun. There’s no such thing as a bad gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad guys. …”

    “… You could say that the paparazzi and the tabloids are sort of the ‘assault weapons’ of the First Amendment. They’re ugly, a lot of people don’t like them, but they’re protected by the First Amendment – just as ‘assault weapons’ are protected by the Second Amendment. …”

  • George

    President Obama thinks his ideas are popular, they are not. Her ignores the facts, The government largely ignores mental illness , and support insurance companies who ignore
    and wont Cover it. need examples. MacDonalds comstock ca. Laurie Dann Chicago . And many other mentally ill incidents.

  • ajax

    gun control advocates will never understand about firearms unti they need one. Bet someone in pelosi’s or reids group carry a firearm. Remember Ted kennedy’s body gaurd getting caught with a firearm in washington dc. It only matters who you are. “do as i say not as i do”. The politcians should all take a long walk off a short pier…

  • Mack Missiletoe

    The theater shooter USED A GUN FREE ZONE full of unsuspecting unarmed civilians! No security. What fools these anti-gun people are to suggest us law abiding, safe, respectful citizens should not be allowed to protect ourselves or our country. They are blind as a bat.

    Every other person owns a gun and we are all much safer than anti-gun zones. It is the crazies and lunatics that we need to learn to stop.

    They think they are being smart however they are unwise. Ban guns for the good guys or make ammo espensive? That will only make defending our homes difficult or impossible! It will only hurt the good guy since the bad guy can secretly import semi-automatic or fully automatic large-capacity rifles. Btw 20-30rd mags are normal. 100rd mags are high-cap.

    Our current laws are adequate. It is very difficult to stop a bad guy disguised as a good guy who uses a dark, loud, gun free zone filled with hundreds of unsuspecting innocents. We need to improve our eyes and ears so that we may prevent such an incident from recurring. Already we have stopped a few others who wanted to repeat this, so we are learning how to be effective without taking arms out of the good guys’ hands. After all it is the good guys who end these people. They are armed as well.

    Btw an assault weapon is fully automatic. The civilian AR-15 and AK47 are semi-automatic. Semi-automatic guns are already limited compared to fully-auto assault rifles. The theater shooter also used more than one gun and months of preparedness without getting caught to raise the body count. It’s not easy to say that, yet also if he did not use guns he’d use bombs, swords… whatever it would still happen.

    A sharp eye and large ears can help us prevent this. I have no problem with police simply checking on a suspected killer to make sure he is law-abiding and not planning to hurt others. If he is found to be planning something evil then take him away. But if he is found to be good leave him be.

    A gun behind every blade of grass keeps out those who would invade from outside or in!

    Reports are that all the countries that ban guns have just as much or more evil killings.

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