Santa left a record number of guns under the trees this Christmas. The sale of guns nationwide for the month of December 2011 boomed.
According to FBI reports, licensed gun dealers requested more than 1.5 million background checks on potential buyers this past December. This is the highest single-month figure since statistics have been kept. According to CNN, "Only 1.3 percent of the searches result in people being denied permission to buy a weapon. Nearly half a million of the background checks requested in December were ordered just six days before Christmas. The total number of guns purchased could be even higher if individual customers took home more than one gun. Reports from several of the large gun dealers throughout the nation indicate not only guns, but the sale of ammunition, reloading components, and reloading tools were also brisk this past Christmas season.
There has to be some reasons for this sudden upsurge in gun sales. Dave LaRue with Legendary Guns in Phoenix, Ariz., says, "There are a lot of people concerned about pending gun legislation and the sense about the current administration. People think future availability will be limited, and there's a feeling of get it while you can."
The National Rifle Association said people are concerned about self-defense because police officer numbers are declining. A NRA spokesman said, "I think there's an increased realization that when something bad occurs, it's going to be between them and the criminal."
However, a spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said, "The research we've seen indicates fewer and fewer people own more and more guns." Other anti-gun campaigners are saying, "It would appear because of the fear-mongering by the NRA since Obama's election that people are adding more guns to their arsenals out of fear Obama and the Democrats will take away their guns, which is absurd."
I started writing this column in 2006. Since then, I have had several articles about guns and gun ownership. It was about two years ago during the Christmas season I had a column about "Giving Guns as Gifts." This past August, I did a column about "Why People Own guns." I concluded that column saying that self-defense is by far the best reason for anyone to own a gun. To deny anyone the constitutional right to defend themselves from physical harm has to be a serious crime against humanity. Owning a firearm for self-defense has to be one of the most basic of all human rights.
Today, there are many people who think or believe that no one has any right whatsoever to own or possess any kind of a firearm. For example, when retired United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was interviewed by Time Magazine and asked what one thing he would fix about the American judicial system, he said, "I would change the interpretation of the Second Amendment.
The court got that quite wrong." Unfortunately, the last two appointments to the Supreme Court appear to be sharing Stevens's viewpoint when it comes to the Second Amendment.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads as follows:
"A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
A common claim of the anti-gun lobby is that the word "Militia" only applies to an armed body of government that would be the equivalent to the National Guard.
That is not what our founding fathers meant. The real purpose of the Second Amendment is to guard against the tyranny that could be perpetuated by a professional armed body of government. The Second Amendment is actually a barrier against those who have despotic ambitions.
We all know many people are concerned about the nation's stagnant economy, along with the fear of new crime waves. Remember, crime has been on the decline for the past few years, and West Virginia has one of the lowest crime rates per capita of any in the nation.
However, I do agree with the old bumper sticker that says, "When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Guns."