January 19, 2009

The Obama Gun Controversy

One thing that I've heard resoundingly from people is their worry that Obama is going to restrict gun rights, and apparently gun sales have increased drastically because of that.

Eric Holder, Obama's choice for Attorney General, has caused gun owners hit the panic button. Their cause for freaking out? Here's a statement released by gunowners.org:

The incoming President’s choice for U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is an anti-gun extremist who has assailed gun owners since his days in the Bill Clinton administration.

Holder, who served as Deputy Attorney General from 1997-2001, supports a 3-day waiting period for handgun purchases, one-gun-a-month rationing, licensing and registration of all gun owners, mandatory so-called smart gun technology, a lifetime gun ban for certain juvenile offenses and regulating gun shows out of existence.

Horror of horrors! A three day waiting period to buy a gun! I'm sure our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves right now.

Seriously folks, If that's what an anti-gun extremist is, than I'm really shocked we have gun laws at all in this country.

It's funny how so many people are fine with the Patriot Act and the liberties that it violates but as soon as somebody starts talking about putting you on a list if you own gun, everyone starts to get a little cranky. Rejecting a constitutional amendment (the right to bare arms) is not something a politician wants to undertake. Really, it's bad press.

I'm fine with the lifetime ban on kids that are found to be violent. Who in their right mind would be against it?

Problem is gun owners sometimes go to far to the extreme and can't meet somewhere in the middle. That's why they're painted as whack-jobs and nuts.

And me? Hey, I've carried my fair share of fire arms around. I'm no granola eating hippie like Jake Rehm, I've even shot a thing or two while hunting. I just think that these gun owner organizations aren't speaking for the best interests of gun owners anymore, and that's a bigger crime than any three-day waiting periods.

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