Saturday, May 9, 2009
Fear of Obama policies, recession-driven crime fuels Grand Strand gun purchases
Gun sales are surging and ammunition is difficult to find across the Grand Strand, following a national trend that began in November when Barack Obama was elected president and was stoked by a fear that the recession will spur a rise in crime.
Sales at local gun shops have soared as much as 65 percent since the election. And since November, federal firearm background checks -- required to become a gun owner -- have outpaced previous years by 25 percent to 50 percent a month, FBI statistics show.
Many gun buyers are concerned that President Obama’s administration will attempt to push legislation that would make it more difficult to buy guns. (This is an established FACT!-S9)
And some people say they are stocking up on weapons and buying guns to protect themselves in the event of a home invasion.
“What are you going to do? Throw a pillow at them in your house ... at 3 in the morning ... with your wife and kids there?” asked Tony Maloney of Myrtle Beach. “This guy wants to ban guns? They’re destroying the honest citizen of their Second Amendment right (to bear arms) ... or at least trying to.” (This is an established FACT!-S9)
Doug Pennington, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, disagrees. “Barack Obama has said, ‘I’m not interested in taking your gun away if you’re not a felon,’” Pennington said. “‘If you have a gun and you’re not a dangerous person, I’m not concerned with you.’ He’s not interested in banning guns and taking them all the way. (This is an outright bald-faced LIE...Obama is on record saying he wants a Semi-Auto BAN!!!...S9) But he knows there’s a gun violence problem.” (Which has nothing to do with law-abiding semi-auto owners whatsoever!-S9)
Pennington said much of the panic that has led to the increase in gun sales has been caused by the National Rifle Association.
“They’re really just trying to scare gun owners to death,” he said. (Only if you call telling the truth "scaring gun owners to death", they have more than good reason to be "scared", Dumbass!- S9)
Pennington said that as long as citizens go through the background check process “there’s much more reason to be at ease.” (Of course there is, because then you will know who has them, who are to be declared "instant criminals" for mere possession, for when the time comes you desire so badly: confiscation!-S9)
While statistics for the number of people with a gun permit were not available, the number of Horry County residents with a concealed weapons permit rose to 4,622 by the end of 2008, up from 3,170 in 2007 and 1,793 in 2006...