EDITOR: After reading Mr. Daley’s column mocking the 100-round magazine (which due to its size almost nobody uses) I thought it would be useful to first visit the Second Amendment and see what has actually been accomplished by attempts at gun control versus what was intended to be.
First, the Second Amendment was not designed to protect hunting guns; the guns protected at the time were equal to those used by the military at that time. Also, the militia at that time was not any form of National Guard, but basically everybody over 18 that was not a convict. In fact, what the Founding Fathers feared most was not an armed citizenry, but a standing army. This is why the U.S. spent most of its early years with an army not much bigger than a few Boy Scout troops.
Now to what has actually been accomplished by gun control efforts versus what was intended. For about 20 years before entering my current career I worked in the retail firearms industry. The place where I worked was a very large gun store. We normally had between 2,000 and 3,000 guns in stock and were warranty repair for seven companies.
Being a Colt distributor, we had a full line of their products, which included the AR15. We had a rifle wall about 40 feet long with upper and lower racks so that you had basically 80 feet of rifles one next to the other. Since, as I said, we were a Colt distributor there were four AR15s on the wall. Customers would see them and make comments like they could have one if they wanted one since it was a free country, but they didn’t need one and went on to buy their hunting rifle or shotgun.
Then along came Feinstein ranting about how citizens should not be trusted with such weapons. That did it. Those AR15s that I used to have to dust periodically so that they wouldn’t look like they’d been on the wall forever (which they had), that up to that time I almost couldn’t give away, suddenly started flying off the shelves. They sold like hot cakes. By the bushel. Magazines and ammo for them by the bushel too. Things quieted down for awhile until 1994 when Feinstein went on the rampage again. I remember stacking wooden cases of ammo 6 feet high and watching them almost immediately get picked clean right down to the floor. Then I’d build another stack and down it would go too.
Now in the news you hear about record numbers of FBI background checks. Millions of them. Daily reports of how gun stores are being emptied of merchandise by panicked customers buying any gun they could get. At this point it is useful to note that Clinton’s Justice Department said the 10-year assault weapons federal ban had no effect. Now if these gun-control idiots had just kept their mouths shut those AR15s would still be gathering dust on the shelf. Instead, what have those bozos achieved? I’ll tell you. The most massive arming of America in history. People like the Brady Campaign should be getting a commission from the gun manufacturers because they have sold more hardware than Oliver Winchester ever dreamed of.