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With the start of 2013 and the discussion of more intrusive guns laws as the main topic of every media outlet and local gun shop, your investment portfolio of 2012 should have included several black guns (code for military-type semi-automatic firearms), high-capacity magazines, bullets, primers, powder, and lead. In November 2012 you could have bought a Bushmaster A1 for $700+. Now, you would be lucky to find one for $1,300. Panic has made demand far outpace an already limited supply. But is all this panic justified?
It’s hard to say. Part of me feels this will blow over and it is all a bunch of hype. Then there is the pessimistic part of my Irish heritage that only sees gloom during even the happiest of seasons. When it comes to my buying patterns, the Irish side usually wins and so does my credit card provider. These 2nd Amendment panics seem to come in two phases. The first phase involves me, and other avid shooters. We act as soon as we get the sense supply will become very scarce. Quickly Walmart and online gun retailers are out of “everything.” Then the next phase is when everyone who is the friend of an avid shooter, or has been watching too many anti-gun news shows, finally wakes up and decides that it’s time they buy an AR and 100 rounds of ammo. The fear becomes more justified when we look at our inept local, state, and federal politicians and their “infinite wisdom” that we simple folks just do not understand (rightfully so).
President Clinton signed the Brady Bill early on in the first term of his presidency. Not long after this we saw conservative Americans wake up and Republicans took the House and Senate for the first time in over 40 years. In Clinton’s second term he learned that he had to come more to the right if he was going to get anything done to positively end his presidency and be remembered for something other than a stain on a blue dress. I believe it is clear to anyone with the wits of an average village simpleton that President Obama has his own agenda and really doesn’t care if Republicans or Democrats embrace it. Proof being the first two years of his first presidency, when he had difficulty getting anything passed with a Democratic controlled House and Senate. Now President Obama has won his second term and is what is affectionately called, a “lame-duck President” with nothing to lose. President Obama (and many Republicans) feel as if he won the 2012 election with 90% of the vote, which is not the case at all.
If all of that is not bad enough, look at the recent actions (or lack of action) by Republicans on their handling of the Fiscal Cliff. Add to that, the Republicans have zero chance of winning the Senate in 2014 (maybe even 2016). When February is at an end, the Republican elephant will walk with a stagger in its step after its castration of compromise. With a weakened conservative party, all that will be needed is the passionate plea of “what about the safety of the children?” and “you don’t need those type of guns to hunt do you?” to get new laws restricting black guns and high-capacity magazines passed, possibly with Republican support. It also worries me when once conservative states like Colorado have been infested with liberals from California and are now talking as if they are the left-coast instead of the middle of America.
Perhaps this will all blow over, but with the stars aligned how they are, I don’t see Americans gaining more rights when it comes to the 2nd Amendment in 2013 and beyond. I would love to be wrong and hope I am. However, even if we endure this current storm of moronic politicians and an ignorant media, it’s not if, but when they will get their laws passed. One thing Progressives do extremely well is to move their agenda forward, regardless of who is in office. It’s all just a matter of speed.
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