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COMMENTARY: Living Life In a Gun Bubble

If you can’t control the sales you can’t control the guns

Steve Comus

There is no gun problem in the world except that sometimes one is not available when it’s really needed. But there are people problems.

            The word irony is used when an actual result is opposite from the intended result. Gun grabbers literally are dripping in irony.

Two recent items triggered the thought. One was an article in the Washington Free Beacon noting that the National Rifle Association of America’s Political Action Committee’s fundraising efforts surged following the announcements by Democrat presidential hopefuls that they favor confiscation of firearms.

The other piece by Colorado Public Radio stated that gun sales in that state were up by 11 percent in August and nine percent in September, recognizing: “Mass shootings tend to drive sales. The more high profile the shooting, the more gun store activity there is, no matter the party in office.”

The Free Beacon article stated: “Donations to the NRA’s political action committee rose again last month, FEC filings show, after several 2020 Democrats advocated for the confiscation of certain guns.

“The NRA’s PAC raked in $1.3 million in total contributions throughout September, an increase of nearly $400,000 from its previous month, with an overwhelming majority of its cash haul coming from small donors. Of the $1.3 million, $981,277 was sent from individuals contributing less than $200. September was the fourth month in 2019 that the PAC has collected at least $1 million; it currently has $10 million on hand.

“The spike in funding came as Democrats running for president have increasingly moved toward support for new gun bans, and even confiscation. Beto O’Rourke, slipping in the polls, promised, ‘hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,’ during September’s primary debate. Senators Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) have both indicated support for O’Rourke’s plan.”

Over the years, every time there is talk about banning or confiscating firearms, gun sales spike as does the NRA membership.

Yet the gun grabbers don’t seem to understand that they are responsible for putting more and more guns into the hands of the citizenry even though they say they want to take those same guns out of the hands of normal folk. Frankly, if they want to cut down on gun sales, all they have to do is shut up. Witness the Trump Slump, which ended the panic buying of the Obama era.

Albert Einstein is credited with defining what that sort of activity really is: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

We have known all along that to be a gun grabber a person has to be daft, but who would have thought that they would define themselves by their own actions so completely?

I suggest that what is happening is what I call the “bubble phenomenon.” That is when people are so encapsulated in their own selfish bubbles that they cannot and/or will not understand reality, even when it hits them in the face.

In 1994 when then-president Clinton signed into law an “assault weapons” ban, gun sales spiked through the roof. In fact, at the next Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades Show, there was a life-size photo of Clinton, recognizing him for being the “Gun salesman of the year” because he had been responsible for more gun sales than anyone before that time.

Then in 2013 during the Obama era when a gun ban was introduced in Congress, sales spiked again. That bill died in the Senate, but the mere specter of a ban sent the folks to the gun shops, money in hand.

There are two aspects of all of this that are worth thinking about. First, gun ownership is guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That’s a fact and is something the gun grabbers simply refuse to accept. The other aspect is one of market motivation.

The Constitutional guarantee alone should put an end to the bickering, but it hasn’t. The gun grabbers are so hard-headed that they refuse to accept that the Second Amendment actually means what it says.

That aside, the marketplace also has a voice and it has spoken both loudly and clearly: People want guns! It is one thing when folks answer any of the many surveys about guns. It is quite another when they put their money where their mouths are.

From a societal perspective, there are certain kinds of things that are what they are and no amount of whining and no law is going to change things. Two wit: the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which was nullified by the 21st Amendment. We’re talking about alcohol Prohibition here.

There was no Constitutional guarantee of the right to drink booze. That didn’t matter. Prohibitionists argued that making booze illegal would solve many social ills. Yet the bottom-line result of the 18th Amendment was that organized crime expanded far beyond any level it could have been absent the illegal booze trade and it didn’t solve any of the social ills it was intended to solve. In fact, it could be argued that it exacerbated those ills – again, results opposite from intentions.

Firearms present a much more complex situation than hooch because firearms are simply the single most effective form of self and family defense against criminal and other attacks. This means that, like booze, guns are what people want; yet, unlike booze, guns also happen to be what people actually need.

Even if a gun ban were to be enacted, it wouldn’t solve a thing because criminals and crazies would simply steal guns or get them from the black market – both activities illegal.

So, no matter how one looks at the situation, more or different laws are not the answer. Logic would dictate that such would be true anyway, since there isn’t a gun out there that can shoot all by itself. It takes a human to shoot it.

Criminals, crazies and terrorists are the problem, not the gun. Effectively address those three anti-social elements and all will be well on the gun front. Yes, there is no gun problem. But there is a people problem.

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