May 7, 7:37 AM
Recent national polls by CNN, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal have revealed that support for new gun control measures is declining in the United States, despite efforts by the Obama administration and its media cheerleaders to demonize guns by sensationalizing recent shooting incidents, and the bloody drug war in northern Mexico.
A recent story on National Public Radio said the shortage — as well as a sharp rise in gun sales — coincided with the election of President Obama, fueled by fears his administration would usher in more restrictive gun laws.
In the midst of this, U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah weighed in the other day with an opinion piece published on-line by the Main Street Business Journal that takes the press to task for its treatment of gun owners, especially in the Beehive State, but also at the federal level. He was critical of the Department of Homeland Security document, leaked to the public in April, that revealed a depth of paranoia about gun owners and traditional conservatives in the federal agency that should leave the public outraged.
While the issues are often lightning rods for attack, fewer than 2 percent of all gun crimes involve guns purchased at gun shows, and concealed-carry permit holders commit so few crimes that the statistics can't even be tracked. When faced with these facts, anti-gun enthusiasts are left with only one option: attack on personal and/or cultural grounds. - Sen. Orrin Hatch
Yes, this nation has a problem with people who misuse firearms, but taking legislative sanctions against law-abiding citizens who are not responsible for those heinous deeds is not the way to deal with that problem. Here’s a novel approach: Punish people who break the law and leave everyone else alone.
Another of the bills bans .50 caliber weapons and not only prevents their sale but would require current owners to turn them in to the State.
April’s polling results should send a clear message – not just a signal – to every member of Congress. Fewer people are buying into the notion that strict gun control is the solution to violent crime. Increasing numbers of people are ready to try something different, and judging from the volume of gun and ammunition sales the past few months, they’re pretty serious.
Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course." Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out! – Lee Iacocca
Congress and the Obama administration should take a lesson from Lee Iacocca, the business giant who saved Chrysler (the first time), and author of Where Have All The Leaders Gone? His message was simple. If something has not worked over and over again, it’s time to do things differently.
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