Obama’s efforts having opposite effect on gun control
January 30, 2013 12:28 AM | 3184 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other liberals are beating the drum to get guns out of the hands of Americans — but their words, predictably, are having the opposite effect in much of the country, including Cobb County.

Team Obama has mounted a full-court press in the wake of last year’s mass shootings to make it more onerous to legally purchase firearms, and it is a barely concealed secret that if they had their way that private ownership of most guns would be banned. Never mind that most, if not all, of the headline-grabbing mass shootings through the years were perpetrated by the mentally ill. Obama, Biden, et al have said nothing of consequence about the mental-illness piece of the equation when it comes to preventing such shootings. Nothing of substance about how better to diagnose and treat the mentally ill before they snap. Nothing about how to house and treat potentially violent people rather than letting them wander the streets or be warehoused in our jails.

Those are not easy or inexpensive questions to answer, so Obama has gone the politically expedient route of trying to demagogue and demonize gun owners. And that, in turn, has law-abiding gun owners exercising their Second Amendment rights to the fullest, causing a run in gun and ammunition sales at firearms shops here and across the country. As Adventure Outdoors owner Jay Wallace of Smyrna told a reporter in Tuesday’s Marietta Daily Journal, “As soon as we put (ammunition) out, it’s gone” off the shelves.

“Our parking lot is full every single day,” he added. “People are checking to see what ammunition we receive. They’re calling on the phone, they’re emailing ‘have you received it? Have you received it?’”

Another symptom of the climate of fear created by the president is the overwhelming turnout for the Marietta Police Department’s gun-safety seminars. Typical attendance is about 125 people, but more than 700 signed up for the most recent one last week, according to Police Chief Dan Flynn.

“Several of those attendees told us they are aware that gun laws are changing rapidly, and they just want to be sure to remain in compliance with the latest set of laws,” he said.

Fear-mongering is no substitute for governing, but it’s something at which the president excels.

Yet the fact remains that his proposals are missing the target almost entirely, as they are aimed at putting further restrictions on law-abiding gun owners. It should go without saying that criminals do not follow laws. They don’t follow our current gun laws and they won’t follow future gun laws, either.

But don’t expect that to prevent Obama from continuing to use law-abiding Americans as his latest whipping boys.

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January 30, 2013

Fear-mongering is no substitute for governing, but it's fantastic for "immigration issues" right?

Why would the President's MDJ-called "climate of fear" lead people to sign up with the Marietta police for a GUN safety class? That sign up sheet is a "confiscate these peoples' guns" sheet to the fearmongered. Do you think people fearful of gun confiscation would put their names on the sign-up sheet? That is a very obvious, "No, they would not."

Step back from the keyboard, turn off 750 AM, and THINK about what you're writing, please?

You can sling out thoughtless editorials about how awful Obama's ideas are and that they are destroying America (which is true of all his ideas, right?), or you can add productively to our most desperate times. How about it, Palpatine?

THink you could run an editorial promoting SAFE storage of guns by gun owners? What about a federal tax credit for purchasing a gun safe? Nah, the MDJ will just toss some darts.
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