An Open Letter to Gun Lovers
Dear Gun Lovers:
I know that every time a Democrat gets elected president, you feel the necessity to go to gun shops and gun shows and snatch up as many guns as you possibly can, but please, cut it out.
I know that the Newtown Massacre and other recent shooting incidents have left a nasty taste in the general public’s mouth; the media is focusing on gun control and what’s going to become of laws on assault rifles and high capacity magazines, and I understand why that worried you.
Just yesterday, I was splitting the wood from a recently chopped down tree in my front yard and I got a call from my friend. He was at the Nation’s Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center trying to sell his assault rifle. He had maybe put about $1700 worth of parts into his weapon and he was getting offers upwards of $3000 for it.
This was not an isolated incident.
The gun show, which was attracting local and national news all weekend due to protestors, lines wrapping around the building, and surging sales, was packed with all walks of life looking to buy and sell their weapons- which I’m totally fine with. One lady on the news, when she asked a vendor how much he was selling his assault rifles for (he had ripped the price tags off of them) looked shocked and appalled when he coyly replied “Five thousand dollars.”
Here’s a disclaimer, everybody- I love guns. I’ve been shooting since I was eight years old in Michigan and I loved growing up on military bases around the world because of how enamored I am with gun culture- I’m a friend of the cause.
But here’s my point- We need to police our own. Nobody is looking at recreational gun lovers in a positive light right now because a lot of us are acting like insane people. Admit that a mistake has been made with such tragedies as Newtown, but be quick to remind those who judge that guns save lives too.
You know what? Just wait and see what happens. Obama didn’t take your guns away in 2009 and he probably won’t in 2013.