Thanks, sweetie, just what I wanted for Christmas – a Glock 23 with an extended magazine that holds 33 rounds.
Where would we be without our right to bear arms and pretend we’re homesteaders, defending our sod houses against surprise attacks by West Indians and gangsta rappers? From The Telegraph UK:
According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas. It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November.
On Dec 23 alone there were 102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history. The actual number of guns bought may have been even higher if individual customers took home more than one each.
Explanations for America’s surge in gun buying include that it is a response to the stalled economy with people fearing crime waves. Another theory is that buyers are rushing to gun shops because they believe tighter firearms laws will be introduced in the future.
The National Rifle Association said people were concerned about self defence because police officer numbers were declining. A spokesman said: “I think there’s an increased realisation that when something bad occurs it’s going to be between them and the criminal.”
But anti-gun campaigners said those who already owned weapons were simply hoarding more of them due to “fear-mongering” by the NRA.
I honestly don’t know who’s crazier, the nuts who say we need hand cannons, even though crime rates are down and cops are armed like Army Rangers in Iraq, or the poor-schmuck liberals who count on cops, and the rule of law in general, even though our cops and laws are becoming increasingly oppressive. Here’s Constitution scholar Jonathan Turley on Barack Obama’s lame excuses for signing the National Defense Authorization Act:
You do not “support our troops” by denying the principles for which they are fighting. They are not fighting to consolidate authoritarian powers in the President. The “American way of life” is defined by our Constitution and specifically the Bill of Rights. Moreover, the insistence that you do not intend to use authoritarian powers does not alter the fact that you just signed an authoritarian measure. It is not the use but the right to use such powers that defines authoritarian systems.