Yesterday Obama threatened to impose new gun laws by executive fiat and dismissed as “fear mongering” claims that he had any intention of going farther than “common sense” restrictions.
And in the face of record-high gun sales, he said some people are manufacturing a crisis, in part to enrich themselves.
“I think that we’ve seen for some time now that those who oppose any common-sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government is about to take all your guns away,” he said. “And there’s probably an economic element to that. It obviously is good for business.”
At the very moment he spoke, New York’s legislature was enacting a law that will confiscate guns (registration of all guns, confiscation upon the death of the owner), ban the sale of ammunition over the internet and make illegal any gun designed more recently than 1911.
As our president ridiculed the fears of gun owners and blamed that fear on greedy capitalists, his colleague Diane Feinstein, a politician who has been trying at least since 2000 to ban and confiscate all guns was just steps away in the Capitol. Feinstein has promised to reintroduce her anti-gun laws and this time, she stands a reasonable chance of achieving her goal.
Last summer, when I was interviewed by the Greenwich police in connection with the Greenwich Association of Realtor’s false (and malicious) claim that I had threatened one of its employees, the detective I spoke with casually mentioned that “we know what guns you have”. I was startled by that statement but upon reflection I realized that of course they would know. Most of my very modest arsenal of hunting and target guns, with the exception of one or two inherited from my father, was purchased through licensed gun dealers, so the serial numbers and my name were reported to he FBI and stored in their computers, ready for access by the local police. Until now, I was entirely comfortable with that.
No longer. As soon as this latest spasm of gun confiscation dies down and the demand for them slows enough to find them again, I intend to go out of channel and buy three “assault” rifles so that my children will have them a decade from now. I will not buy them from a legitimate dealer because I want no record of my ownership of them, no way for Feinstein’s troopers to show up at my door to demand their surrender.
I recently purchased 500 rounds of .45 ammunition: enough for 10 sessions at the shooting range, which I felt entirely adequate for present purposes. Now that I know that bulk orders like that are threatened I will order 5,000 rounds, and probably more. Like guns, ammunition lasts for decades – I just used up the last of a batch my father purchased in 1968; keep it dry and it will be available for use well into the next century. While I’m at it, I’ll order at least 10,000 rounds of .223 ammunition to supply those AR-15’s I’m buying, and the same amount of .308 and .270 loads to keep my other guns useful well past my children’s lifetimes.
Until just this past November I had never been a member of the NRA and in fact always thought they were a little excessive in their fear of a repeal of the second Amendment. I just sent them an extra $100 to use in the next elections.
All of this from a law abiding, middle class citizen whose biggest crime until today was a speeding ticket, racked up some twenty years ago. I now feel like John Adams who, after resisting his hot-headed cousin Sam’s call for rebellion for years, finally reached a boiling point when the British abolished the Colonial judicial system and imposed British law instead. John joined the Sons of Liberty. Unless you’re a recent graduate of our education system, you probably know the rest of the story.