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The irony of gun control proposals

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When people like Dianne Feinstein decide to push for new gun control laws, it’s because they want to get guns off the street.  Their constant push makes their intentions extremely clear.  However, there is something else happening with this push, and as a supporter of the Second Amendment I like what it is.  That something else is that more and more people are buying guns.

Gun control advocates want to take guns away from people, but the irony is that their pushes routinely spike gun sales.  Don’t believe me?  Go talk to gun dealers around the country.  I dare you.

I recently spoke with a friend on Facebook about the cost and availability of certain gun.  It’s a surplus bolt action rifle, the kind of thing I honestly figured she would have an idea about right off the top of her head.  Her response? She’d have to check.

Despite having just done inventory and made sure their federally required log book was up to date, this store had so much traffic that she honestly couldn’t remember what they had or didn’t have in the store.  This was not the case prior to Feinstein’s push.  So, the question then becomes, “Why?”

The reasons are as varied as the people who are buying these guns, but a lot of it stems from the belief that the right to keep and bear arms is a God given right, and people want to exercise it before it’s gone completely.

There is an unusual phenomenon where people will shun the readily accessible in exchange for something more difficult to obtain.  This doesn’t just apply to things like gems or precious metals.  No, it happens in other places as well.  For example, there was my parents living in New York City many moons ago who never got to the Statue of Liberty because there was always time.  Meanwhile, on a trip to New Mexico, it was decided that we would stop by the Grand Canyon.  After all, that’s not something we would have a lot of chances to do.

This isn’t unusual either.  I’ve seen it time and time again.

So now we have Americans worried about losing their Second Amendment rights.  As such, they’re acting now to get their hands on weapons that might be outlawed tomorrow.  Feinstein will probably be labeled Gun Salesperson Of the Year by some group or another.  Frankly, the local gun stores are probably thankful for the stimulus program – one that wasn’t intentional by any means.  I’m glad to see these small businesses thriving in this economy.  I just wish it wasn’t because someone was monkeying around with our rights.

Tom Knighton is the Editor and Publisher of the Albany Journal.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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