I've been thoroughly enjoying the increase in gun and ammo radio spots as the inauguration approaches. It's great! As a progressive/liberal and as someone who knows how to handle a gun, has been hunting and grew up Out West, I find it amusing that people just sort of assume that any liberal in office is going to prevent you from legally acquiring a gun.
For some reason, people have this idea that Barack Obama is going to ban guns for all people. (Okay, not “for some reason.” The very concrete reason is that the NRA has been spreading lies about a supposed “plan” to “change” the 2nd Amendment.) At any rate, Obama has repeatedly said that he supports individual gun rights. Naturally, there are those who take his calls for reasonable regulation out of context and act as though any regulation of guns means that there is a direct assault on the Second Amendment. (My question: Where have these Constitutional watchdogs been for the last eight years as the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments have been violated?)
At any rate, the commercials have been a source of hilarity for me as I listen to deep voiced men urge the public to “Hurry and buy your guns and ammo before the rights and privileges we enjoy are taken away!” Of course, if a true assault on the Second Amendment was actually on its way, stocking up on guns would be a complete waste of time and money, since “they” would just come and take them out the house.
But it appears to be working. Gun sales are up. At least someone's profiting in this economy.