Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Obongo's Victory Driving Alaskans To Gun Shops In Record Numbers As Second Amendment Concerns Mount; Ammo Running Short
In keeping with a national trend, Alaskans are visiting gun shops in records numbers in response to Barack Obama's victory on November 4th. Full stories can be read at the Anchorage Daily News and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. National stories published by CNN and OneNewsNow. Discussion on Free Republic and Stormfront
Jack Murray, the owner of Anchorage's Alaska Shooters Supply on Boniface Parkway, says that Obama has been his best gun salesman in 50 years, and that he's "crying all the way to the bank". Through the end of last week, his shop was pulling in between three and six times its daily sales average. The store sold 18 rifles on Wednesday November 5th alone, compared with five or six on a normal day. Semiautomatics, assault rifles, large magazines and military-caliber ammunition are literally flying off the shelves.
And now Murray says his supply of ammo is running low. High-capacity magazines were selling so well that the store ran out the week of the November 4th election. Ken Freiman of Wild West Guns off Homer Drive and East 71st Avenue also reports the same trend; he said that he probably sold 70- or 80,000 rounds of ammunition during a recent two-day period alone. Furthermore, Freiman reports that gun sales at his shop last Thursday (Nov 6) were up 700 percent over the same time last year
The Alaska trend is actually an extension of a national trend, further revealed by an increase in FBI background checks. Through September 30th, the FBI had conducted 8.47 million background checks on prospective gun owners, compared with 7.84 million through the same date in 2007, according to data compiled for the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System. That amounts to an 8 percent increase. In October alone, the increase was 15 percent over October 2007.
Why the surge? The main reason - fear of stiffer gun laws after both Obama's victory and a new Congress with a stronger Democratic majority. The National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre agrees, believing that Obama will not be able to stand up to the extreme gun-grabbers within the Democratic Party who look for any excuse to curtail Second Amendment rights. The Gun Owners of America (GOA), considered by many to be a much more qualitatively-effective organization, echoes similar concerns.
But is the situation really as dire as some claim? Throughout his campaign, Obama actaully reaffirmed his support for the right to bear arms in principle, and vowed to protect those rights within reason. But he does favor "common sense" gun laws and previously voted as a U.S. Senator to leave gun-makers and dealers open to lawsuits. When he was an Illinois state lawmaker, he supported a ban on all forms of semiautomatic weapons and tighter state restrictions on firearms in general. His previous track record attracted the endorsement of the extremist Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Some political observers believe that Barack Obama initially will be so preoccupied with working through America's economic problems that he won't have time to deal with Second Amendment issues right off the bat. This means that any more gun control might be placed on the back burner for now. And this may prove to be true - so long as there are no sudden vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court. But the Court offers little margin for error - the District of Columbia's 32-year handgun ban was struck down this past summer by only a 5-4 margin. One Obama appointment could completely change the nature of the court, and confirmation of an Obama nominee by a Democratic-controlled Congress might be little more than a formality.
The bottom line - more gun control is coming to America, but panic is not necessary. There is no need to rush out immediately to buy a weapon, although I believe it prudent to eventually do so. Take sufficient time to find out which weapon is right for you. Consider whether or not you have the time and the opportunity to fire it regularly for familiarization. Consider the ease in disassembly and reassembly for cleaning and servicing. The worst thing you can do it buy a weapon and then throw it in an unsecured drawer and forget it. Be an intelligent, proactive gun owner.