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Mark Caserta: Debate triggers rise in gun sales

Mar. 06, 2013 @ 10:05 PM

It seems the efforts of the Obama administration to tighten gun control in our nation are actually contributing to increases in the number of guns being purchased in the United States.

One might say it's "backfiring."

For many Americans, in years past, the thought of owning a gun hadn't even crossed their minds. Guns were strictly off limits in many households, and folks didn't see their relevancy in their lives.

But reports show gun sales in the U.S. are now skyrocketing.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recorded more than 16.8 million background checks for gun purchases in 2012, the highest number since the FBI began publishing the data in 1998. The trend has reportedly continued into 2013. Many believe this is partly due to fears that President Obama and other lawmakers plan to stiffen gun control laws.

The National Rifle Association's chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, is one who attributes the gun sales surge to the perception by Americans that their constitutional rights are under attack.

"Rising gun sales reflect what is happening at the grass-roots level," LaPierre said. "People expect a siege on the Second Amendment, and the media is trying to sell it."

Now, most Americans, including myself, don't take issue with conducting legal background checks. Common sense dictates you don't place a dangerous weapon in the hands of unstable individuals and the process must be guarded.

But the president and his gun control advocates insist on inching closer to imposing on our Second Amendment rights by attempting to draw a distinction between weapons potentially used for assault versus those used for protecting our families or for recreation.

Conservatives understand the need to be proactive in taking a stand against progressives "advancing" their liberal agenda, especially on issues regarding constitutional rights.

A liberal's intrusion into the rights of conservative Americans isn't achieved in a single barefaced barrage.

Progressives gradually lower the constitutional bar by softening the steadfastness of Americans via a constant misrepresentation of the facts. And with each step forward, they dig in for a new foothold from which to leverage their next assault on basic conservative principles.

Our world has changed. The diabolical acts of iniquitous minds have been perpetrated on heretofore unthinkable areas of society. As evil people use guns to do evil things, liberals will begin broadening their definition of assault weapons and draw "fresh lines" in the gun debate.

There is a reason they call themselves "progressives."

I believe the increase in gun sales is the product of two factors. Men and women having an increased awareness of the changing theater around them in which their families face new dangers and the epiphany that there are actually people who believe removing guns from the hands of law-abiding citizens will reduce crime.

While liberals espouse their slanted reasoning behind gun control, intelligent minds are grasping the reality that law-abiding, competent persons shouldn't be restricted in gun ownership and that criminals will not be bound by such restrictions.

Disarming the good guys is certainly a strange way to fight crime.

Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.



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