Unintended Consequences of Gun Ban Talk

I had the chance to visit “The Nations Gun Show” in Chantilly, Virginia the weekend between Christmas and New Years.  This was not my first time, but I went Friday evening after work and it was the first time I had to stand in line at that time of night.  I’ve never seen it so packed!  Friends visited on Saturday and Sunday and reported lines an hour long just to get in, and dealers being sold out of many commonly stocked firearms by Saturday noon.

The administration and the anti-gun groups are pushing gun bans in light of the recent tragedies.  Unintended consequences include a spike in gun sales.  It has also been a boom for the sellers as prices of magazines, ammunition and firearms climb (classic supply and demand theory).

It makes me wonder; what goes through the minds of the anti-gun movement, seeing their actions causing people to hurry and buy their first gun?  Or, to buy their tenth or more gun?

What about the states that allow teachers to carry concealed firearms, Utah and Ohio, where groups are offering free training for those teachers?  Other states are openly discussing allowing teachers to be armed, after proper training.

This is a polarizing issue, and both sides are quite passionate about their side, especially in light of the recent active shooter tragedies.  However, there are statistics that show that an armed citizen on site can be extremely effective at minimizing or preventing innocent loss of life, where a police response can take several minutes, or longer.

Taking away the guns doesn’t stop mass murder, it just makes these killers more creative.  In Dec 2012 a disturbed individual with a knife attacked and injured 22 school children in China. China doesn’t allow private citizens to own firearms.

All of this Gun Ban talk, often with inaccurate terminology (which drives me crazy, if you are going to rally against something at least have the integrity to know exactly what you are talking about) has spurred people who were thinking of buying a firearm someday to buy it now, shooters to stock up on cases of ammunition, and some states to consider allowing more teachers to carry concealed firearms.  It is driving prices up, and supplies down.  It is also a boom for firearms instructors, as classes fill up.

Somehow, I don’t think this was the intention of the anti-gunners.

Lynne Finch-Charlesworth

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