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  • XDMAR

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    As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month. "I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment," Obama said at a news conference. "Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven't indicated anything different during the transition. I think people can take me at my word."
    But National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said it's not Obama's words — but his legislative track record — that has gun-buyers flocking to the stores.
    "Prior to his campaign for president, his record as a state legislator and as a U.S. Senator shows he voted for the most stringent forms of gun control, the most Draconian legislation, gun bans, ammunition bans and even an increase in federal excise taxes up to 500 percent for every gun and firearm sold," Arulanandam said.
    Obama answered "yes" in 1996 to a questionnaire from an Illinois group on whether he supported a handgun ban. But he later said a staffer filled out that answer and he did not support a ban.
    Nationally, background checks for gun purchases jumped nearly 49 percent during the week Obama was elected, compared with the same time period last year, according to the FBI's National Instant Background Check System.
    Anecdotally, gun dealers around the country have reported spikes in sales. The Illinois State Rifle Association Reports gun sales for November were 38 percent higher than last year.
    "We don't dispute [the gun sales hike] because the numbers from the federal system certainly confirm that there is increased activity out there. We just think it's a bit stupid," said Peter Hamm, spokesman for the Brady Campaign against Gun Violence. "Anyone who thinks they need to rush out and buy a firearm clearly has not been paying attention to how quickly we make progress on this issue. We don't think these are first-time buyers. We think they are people who already have more than enough guns at their homes to protect themselves and are buying more."
     

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    As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month. "I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment," Obama said at a news conference. "Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven't indicated anything different during the transition. I think people can take me at my word." <<<Unsnip

    Insert any one of the other amendments in place of common-sense GUN safety laws and see if it makes sense.

    Here are a few that come to mind:
    I believe in the common sense RELIGIOUS safety laws.
    I believe in the common sense FREEDOM OF THE PRESS safety laws.
    I believe in the common sense RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND FAIR TRAIL safety laws.

    Funny, none of these work for me either as I have not been able to count on others to have any common sense when it comes to protecting MY interests.
     

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    Here are a few that come to mind:
    I believe in the common sense RELIGIOUS safety laws.
    I believe in the common sense FREEDOM OF THE PRESS safety laws.
    I believe in the common sense RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND FAIR TRAIL safety laws.

    Funny, none of these work for me either as I have not been able to count on others to have any common sense when it comes to protecting MY interests.


    You sir are not allowed to show off your common sense when regarding common sense
     

    wookie

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    Actually, I personally know three people who bought guns for the first time in the last couple of weeks. Ironically Obama's election might create more gun owners and more gun owners (more voters) might reduce the liklihood of increased gun legislation.
     

    chevydeerhunter

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    Actually, I personally know three people who bought guns for the first time in the last couple of weeks. Ironically Obama's election might create more gun owners and more gun owners (more voters) might reduce the liklihood of increased gun legislation.

    Don't hold your breath.

    Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear.

    This whole article reminds me of the movie "Mars Attacks!". Specifically the part where one martian is carrying the translator that's saying, "don't run. we are your friends" while all the other aliens are vaporizing everybody.
     

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    The interresting part about Obama's statement is another one by his running mate...problay by him as well.

    That is, this country is facing another terrorist attack between now and 2013.

    So on one hand you got Obama sayhing we're about to be attacked and on the other hand don't arm your selves?
     

    pxranger

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    I half agree with Obama. Don't stock up on OVERPRICED guns.

    Eventually, lots of those people that bought ARs are going to realize that they can't afford 40 cents a round and their wives are going to make them "get rid of it before getting a new toy."
     

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    Can you send one of those guys my way? :) I'm actually hoping that there is a huge gear up of ARs in the next month, then B.O. doesn't actually do anything, causing a glut of ARs on the retail end.

    Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear... that's actually a politically astute statement. See, first they make "assault weapons" and "high capacity" mags illegal...thus making anyone with those no longer a lawful gun owner... Ergo, those now unlawful gun owners have something to fear, but the lawful ones still don't.
     

    pxranger

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    Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear... that's actually a politically astute statement. See, first they make "assault weapons" and "high capacity" mags illegal...thus making anyone with those no longer a lawful gun owner... Ergo, those now unlawful gun owners have something to fear, but the lawful ones still don't.

     
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