January 15th 2014 marked the one year anniversary of the terrible massacre that struck our nation as a whole and in particular the Sandy Hook Elementary School. To say that this is a tragic event is an extreme understatement. The lives of twenty innocent children and 6 adults were claimed in a senseless act of violence.
I cannot even begin to imagine the pain these families must be experiencing; it is one thing to deal with the death of a loved one, but another to deal with that of a child, and as this is a very sensitive subject, I would like to make it known that my deepest condolences go out to the families affected by the Sandy Hook shooting.
I pray nightly that as a nation we can come together and find a solution that will help put an end to this epidemic of violence, but I fear that currently we are on a path to epic failure. Turn on any source of mainstream media and you will quickly find the liberal agenda they are pushing. “END GUN VIOLENCE, BAN FIREARMS!” This may seem like a reasonable suggestion, but there is absolutely no way it will work!
Let’s just pretend that our government spat on our Second Amendment Right and implemented a ban of all firearms. A ban that would require you as a gun owner to turn in every firearm you own. Would criminals turn in their weapons? Absolutely not! All the ban would do is keep honest law abiding citizens honest, and not do a thing to reduce the violence brought on by criminal minds.
Society is the problem
The reality is that the violence we are witnessing in society is not a descendent of firearm ownership, but an outcry of the evil we are surrounded with on a day to day basis. How long has firearms ownership been a part of this country? How long have firearms been thought of as a problem in this country? The two numbers do not correlate. Whether we choose to admit it or not, it was not all that long ago that in small town American firearms could be found in the gun racks of pickup truck in the student parking lots of schools all over this country, and especially in the great state of Texas, and to top it off those truck doors were left unlocked! How many school shootings did you hear about in those days? This is because firearms are not the problem, society is the problem. As long as we have a lack of responsible parenting, an abundance of cruelty displayed to children in entities such as video games, and a media that credits celebrities for their poor life choices we are guaranteed to have an issue with violence. Our government placing a ban on firearms will be just as effective as a doctor prescribing pain medication to a cancer patient and sending them on their way. Yes it may numb the pain, but will do nothing to attack the root of a fatal problem.
Lack of ammunition
Over the last month, in anticipation of upcoming law changes, we have seen some strange things in the firearms industry. For instance, only days after the tragedy we sold every semiautomatic rifle we had, and today the biggest challenge we are facing is a lack of ammunition to provide for our customers. It seems that every other customer walking through our door has a story about the store after store they checked only to find their shelves were empty. It has become a bit of a sarcastic joke around the office asking what calibers of ammunition we are expecting for delivery today, the unfortunate reality is we aren’t getting any in. Only a month ago I could call up one of our distributers, tell them what I needed, and expect delivery in three to five days. Now, not a chance. I feel like a hungry man in a soup line, I’ll take what I can get and be happy to get it. How long will this last? I haven’t the slightest idea.
So the next question is what should you, a law abiding gun owner, be doing during this time? Should you be buying assault rifles or stocking up on ammunition? Many in my industry will tell you yes and yes, and although I will not disagree there are more important chores to be done.
Join the NRA
First off put your money where your mouth is and JOIN THE NRA! Regardless of whether or not you agree with everything they do, they are your front line of defense in Washington D.C. and they need all the help they can get! The NRA currently has somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.3 million members, that is less than 5.5% of the 80 million gun owners in the United States. Numbers like these will not win the battle on Capital Hill. During these trying times we cannot afford to be silent in our beliefs. If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. Our constitutional rights are at stake and if we do not stand together, if we do not unite in our beliefs, we will lose those rights.
As a final note to those who misconstrue the Second Amendment; here are a few words from its sponsors:
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
— Richard Henry Lee
“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effective way to enslave them.”
— George Mason
“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
— Alexander Hamilton
Oh, and what do you think about this?
Hope to see you out at the range soon,
Hot Wells Shooting Range