Not to fan any flames, but when you see headlines such as CNN's recent "Gun sales surge after Obama's election," it seems a discussion is in order. I know a few of you voiced gun concerns last week following our post on the new president elect, and headlines like these certainly echo those worries.
According to the CNN story, a Virgina gun shop owner said that last Saturday, he did as much business in one day as he normally does in a week. Even Y2K, September 11 and Hurricane Katrina failed to produce the spike in sales that he's seen since the election.
And he's not alone. The story goes on to cite FBI figures for the week of Nov. 3 - 9, during which the bureau got over 374,000 requests for background checks on gun purchasers, which is an almost 49 percent increase over the same period last year.
"Every election year, you have to worry about your rights being eroded a little bit at a time," the story quotes a Va., gun buyer as saying. "I also knew, because of the Democrat majority and because of the election, everybody would have the same reaction I did."
On the other side of the issue, the story quotes John Podesta, co-chairman of the Obama transition team as saying, "What people do is their own business, and if they decide to go out and buy guns, they'll go out and buy guns. But I think that President-elect Obama has been clear in his campaign that what he wants to focus on is the economy, trying to get jobs growing again, dealing with the health care crisis, and dealing with our dependence on foreign oil."
And at the middle of the issue, here are then-Senator Obama's comments to Field & Stream's Anthony Licata in an October Q&A: