Racism? Gun sales up since Obama's re-election
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Racism? Gun sales up since Obama's re-election

Washington : DC : USA | Nov 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM PST
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Is it Christmas shopping, doomsday prepping or Obama's re-election that is causing firearms, ammunition and handguns to fly off the shelves? Some think Obama held back on tougher gun regulating until he landed his second term, others believe we are bound to end up either in a civil war or such poor economic times that protection of their family and property is mandatory. Or is Obama's re-election causing increased doomsday preparation?

Either way the word "racism" usually comes up, equally going both ways. First, it may be all about black folks getting nailed harder, or on the other hand there's the stereotypical racist redneck white boys who think they need to hold their own because they can't trust a "black" president -- even though many forget President Barack Obama had a white mother. Regardless, it appears racism is alive and well in the beautiful USA, with both black and white individuals pointing fingers at each other.

Proving my point, Steve Smith commented under an article, "Sale of guns soar following election" by Dailypolitical.com: "When gun control is discussed, I always remember that the Eldrich (sic) Cleaver, the head of the Black Panthers, opposed gun control because 'you know whose guns they’ll take first.'”

Can't you just hear the white guy say, "There you go, pulling the race card again."

The funny thing is, if the economy dumps to the point of absolute chaos, often in desperation people don't see color they just reach out and help one another and end up banding together. Think of an apartment fire where people are running for their lives, they end up in front of the building all huddled together sharing their stories of how they smelled smoke, grabbed their kids and ran out or jumped out the window.

People don't care in a crisis what color the person next to them is, they share a common bond in struggling for their lives. Sure there's always "the bad guys" who lie, cheat and steal during tough times, but for the most part poor, struggling folks generally band together like brothers and sisters working for the common good of all.

The self-proclaimed "Champion of the Constitution," Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said, "I would like to believe that if we had a freer society, it would take care of blacks and whites and everybody equally because we're all individuals."

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I believe big government, more laws, less focus on freedom tears people apart. I hope President Obama will make a wise choice in these next four years, motivated by the truth: It is not the gun that is the problem, but rather the individual who chooses to commit the crime. Just like those folks who believe pit bulls are evil, when in reality it is the owner of the dog who shapes the behavior of any breed. In the same way, it is the character of the person packing the firearm rather than the color of the individual nor the inanimate weapon itself that causes the crime.

Why do you think gun sales are up?

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Stephanie Ealy is based in Tacoma, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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