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Why Guns are in the News

Retailers nationwide have been reporting shortages of ammunition, particularly of popular handgun calibers.

Retailers nationwide have been reporting shortages of ammunition, particularly of popular handgun calibers. Meanwhile, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has seen a 27.1 percent increase for the first quarter of 2009 over the same quarter last year. Clearly, freedom-loving Americans are worried about impending attacks on their Second Amendment rights. But before looking to what’s coming, let’s consider what’s happening now.

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was recently asked about the prospect of new gun control laws she said, “It’s a Democratic president, a Democratic House. We don’t want to take their guns away. We want them registered.”

Members of the administration have continued to repeat the claim that “more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that lay in our shared border,” long after it was clearly pointed out that the claim is false.

Numerous editorials have continued to confuse civilian versions of so-called “assault weapons” with the machine guns used by militaries around the world.

Former President Jimmy Carter wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in late April where he talked about all the guns he owns and how much he enjoys hunting, but said that “none of us wants to own an assault weapon.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein told CBS' "60 Minutes" in April that now is not the right time to push for a new assaultweapons ban, but that the issue will soon surface: “I’ll pick the time and the place [when to renew the assault weapons ban], no question about it.”

So right now might not be the right time for anti-gun politicians to push for new gun-control regulations, but it obviously won’t stop them, along with their friends in the media, from demonizing gun owners so that a push for gun control will be easier when they deem the time has come. Indeed, even without new gun laws, Attorney General Eric Holder and other administration officials have the ability to make the lives of gun owners difficult..........

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