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08 December 2008

There's A Run On Guns (and Barack Obama's to blame)

The election of Barack Obama to the nation's highest office has kicked off dramatic increase in the sales of guns according to a recent report by the Athens Banner-Herald.

"In a nutshell, we are having a banner Christmas season," said Josh Smith, chief operating officer for Clyde Armory Gun Shop & Law Enforcement Supply in Bogart. "It's bigger than it's ever been."

Record holiday gun sales continue a trend that began before last month's election, when it became apparent Democrat Barack Obama - a proponent of gun law reform - might be the next president, according to Russ Thurman, editor of Shooting Industry Magazine.
[Source: Athens Banner-Herald, "Reform talk triggers run on guns", December 7, 2008]

Thurman tells the Athens newspaper that he thinks the increase in gun sales are due to enthusiasts worried about the gun control proposals President-elect Obama might support once in the White House. Gun merchant Josh Smith echoed those sentiments saying his customers are stocking up "on firearms they fear will be outlawed under the new administration."

There is, of course, a question as to whether the fears of gun owners are valid.

Will Barack Obama take our guns? Probably not, but will he support laws that, in his own words, constrains the exercise of Americans' Second Amendment rights? [Source: On The Issues.org, "Barack Obama on Gun Control", October 19, 2008]

It's possible.

However, with the country's economic troubles, the debate over the 2nd Amendment and gun control legislation is likely to be deferred until the nation is out of the current recession.