I was reading the local paper, and saw an interesting poll asking if there was any concern about the availability of guns and ammunition. My response is here:
I am indeed deeply concerned about the availability of guns and ammunition throughout our state and country. It has become increasingly harder for people to find ammunition and certain firearms are either non-existent or on back order for weeks or months to come. Seeing as how many firearms and most ammunition is in short supply in these rough political times, I suggest that the firearm and ammunition companies petition the government for either a bailout to help increase production, or perhaps nudge congress to pass a law enabling more ammunition to be manufactured and forcing producers of guns and ammunition to sufficiently arm everyone interested. Perhaps more of the "trickle-up" thinking, except with firearms and ammunition instead of taxpayer dollars?
Perhaps the article was asking if I was concerned about the rampant availability of guns and ammunition in these United States compared to other countries. Perhaps the article is trying to link the availability of guns and ammunition that honest and law abiding citizens purchase to the ownership and usage of guns by criminals. Surely no one would ever equate honest citizens to criminals based solely on their ownership of an inanimate object?
No criminal has ever been hindered in the least by any gun law on the books, nor by the "availability" of any sort of weaponry. A good example would be the hometown of our community-organizer-in-chief, Chicago, or perhaps even Washington, D.C., wherein handguns are banned and longarms are heavily regulated. Thus any crime committed with a firearm is totally unpossible and has never occurred, due to the lack of availability of firearms in those utopias of peace and understanding.
(Any report otherwise through any news media must be the result of the evil NRA gun lobby teaming up with the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to promote lies and untruths simply to push their agenda of arming everyone in these areas.)
Thomas Jefferson: "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined or determined to commit crimes. Such laws only make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assassins; they serve to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
George Washington: "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth (and) keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them [guns] by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference [crime]. When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour." (Address to 1st session of Congress)
I'm wondering if it will ever see the light of day. Here's to hoping!