Well all this panicked hoarding and no bans or taxs on the horizon.Â* I think this is a good example of people being a little too willing to believe rumors that confirm their own beliefs.Â*
I received an email yesterday about the new "2009" Gun Tax that is supposed to be coming through.Â* This is recycled BS email from 2000 that was a lie then.Â* It has gained so much traction that the NRA has had to make a post about it.
The interesting thing to me is why people are so easily duped when presented with a scary scenario that confirms their beliefs.Â* People race out and act on the bad information without thinking or checking on it.
The fact is that Obama has taken one meaningful step in the Gun Control arena.Â* And that step was to sign legislation to INCREASE gun carry freedom.Â*
I agree that we need to be vigilant and ensure that our second amendment rights are preserved.Â* In the past few years we have won incredible victories.Â* The Heller Case will forever make gun control legislation more difficult.Â* We have a Democratic President, a Democratic House, and a super majority of Democrats in the Senate and there is NO gun control on the agenda.Â* Think about how big that is.
Democrats have recognized that pro-gun constituents vote the issue.Â* Anti's do not.Â* They will talk about it, but they do not toss out congressmen for failing to pass gun laws.Â* We will toss them for doing so.Â* Congress has (in the short term) gotten the message.
The fact that we can be duped into racing out like lemmings to buy $500 worth of ammunition on a rumor is instructive.Â* What do you think happens at the NRA when a scare happens?Â* I bet they take in tons of money.Â* They have a massive disincentive to tell people that things are going well.Â* I think they are doing good work and keeping the pressure up as we should, but we need to recognize that they, like other sources of information, have a bias.
It also makes us look a little silly that we are willing to spray unconfirmed and wrong emails all over the place and race off to enrich ammo companies and gun dealers on rumors that they help to spread.