Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

November 29, 2012

SCOUT REPORT: Gun bans, an assault on logic

CROSSVILLE — After the 2008 election, gun sales went ballistic. The number of background checks conducted in November of that year dwarfed all previous counts. Gun owners expected Mr. Obama to take away their firearms. But despite all of the hype, Mr. Obama was largely silent on gun ownership rights during his first term. Over the course of his latest campaign he promoted his back-burner stance as good faith proof that he had no intentions of restricting gun ownership. "I'm not gonna take away your guns," he said.

In the very last presidential debate, however, the president tipped his hand, alluding to his plans in regards to curbing the freedoms described in the Second Amendment. "Weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don't belong on our streets. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced."

Within hours of the announcement that the president had been reelected, news was out that the U.S. planned to revisit the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty, and by the weekend, news surfaced that Dianne Feinstein, senator from the People's Republic of Kalifornia, had already started drafting legislation that would reinstate the so-called assault weapons ban from 1994.

According to Senator Feinstein, one of the co-authors of the original ban, 350 people have been killed by assault rifles since the ban was lifted in 2004. That's less than 44 people per year. To put that into perspective, 73 people die from lightning strikes each year, which means you are over 1.5 times as likely to be killed by lighting as you are by being shot by an assault rifle.

Now, it is no secret that Obama is not a fan of guns. Despite his rhetoric, he has a long, consistent history of supporting restrictions of gun ownership rights. His home state of Illinois has the most restrictive gun laws of any state, yet, Chicago has some of the highest incidence of gun violence. Mr. Obama referenced this violence in the last debate. His statement, though largely overlooked, was a shadowy forecast of things to come. This is where he tipped his hand–"Part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence. Because frankly, in my hometown of Chicago, there's an awful lot of violence and they're not using AK-47s. They're using cheap handguns," he said.

The implications of this statement was evidently unnoticed by the majority of the electorate, but gun owners caught it. Sales have gone through the roof since the election. "A new single-day record for point-of-sale background checks was established on Black Friday, Nov. 23, when 154,873 were conducted by the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That total was nearly 20 percent more than the previous high of 129,166 set on Black Friday last year." Logic dictates that if the administration wants to ban assault rifles, despite the rarity of their use for nefarious purposes, then why wouldn't they ban handguns, which account for the majority of deaths?

Contrary to the rhetoric proponents of firearms bans emote, facts show that stricter gun laws do not correlate with less crime. Mexico, for instance, has some of the strictest gun control laws of any country—as well as one of the world’s highest annual death tolls as a result of gun violence, 60,000 in the last six years. Conversely, a new study by a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University has found that gun sales in Virginia have increased 73 percent in the last six years, while gun-related crimes fell by 24 percent.

Stricter gun laws do, however, correlate with oppressive regimes. We all know the comparisons that are frequently made with gun control and what happened in Germany in 1928, and further how crazy people sound whenever they bring it up. After all, this is America,  that could never happen here.....could it?


Text Only
Glade Sun
  • County residents urged to vote

    Cumberland County has around 39,000 registered voters, as well as a strong reputation for voter participation.  However, as of press time on Tuesday, only 4,300 residents had taken advantage of early voting for the Aug. 7 primary and general elections. Local officials are predicting less than 50 percent of registered voters will cast their vote in the 14 days of early voting, plus election day. Only 23 percent of registered county voters participated in the May elections.

    July 30, 2014

  • Board amends by-laws

    At the July meeting of the Fairfield Glade Community Club, the board of directors approved a vote to amend the club's bylaws regarding uncontested elections of board members, effectively declaring Bob Diller and Steven Smith new board members.

    July 30, 2014

  • Naiad Kuhlman.jpg Senior olympian on the run for good health

    No one can get away with telling Naiad Kuhlman of Crossville that age is a barrier to exercise. The avid runner, personal trainer and instructor at Cumberland Medical Center’s Wellness Complex at Fairfield Glade won’t buy the excuse.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Enjoying nature.jpg Get your mink coat on the road

    It is interesting what animals you see crossing the roads sometimes. When animals cross roads, you can get a look at them, that wouldn't be possible if they stayed inside the cover of trees or grass. Sometimes, it is just a fleeting glance and you aren't sure what you saw. When you go into the woods looking for animals, they usually hide or leave the area before you even know they are around. But, roads are wide open with no cover. Also, most mammals are nocturnal, so they are out when we aren't. Anytime that I am on a two-lane road at night, I am always watching intently for wildlife in the headlights.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Read the latest edition of "The Bulletin"

    The Crossville Chronicle-Glade Sun also publishes a newsletter called "The Bulletin" in which you'll find a schedule of Glade activities and events, a restaurant and dining guide, golf information, and even tour schedules. Click here for the latest PDF edition of "The Bulletin."

    April 21, 2010 1 Link

  • Patches of Life: The replacement years

    I need a new refrigerator. There are some other things on order too as we seem to be in the replacement year of our life. Everything from the light bulbs to the computer seemed to agree that this is the year of replacement.

    July 30, 2014

  • Abacus Column: Tennessee the third most corrupt state in the U.S.?

    According to a recent article in Time magazine, Tennessee is ranked third among U.S. States in political corruption. I am not sure how they measure such crime in order to make such a charge. Does some purveyor of statistics identify the number of elected officials proved guilty in a court of law; or merely charged with corruption?

    July 30, 2014

  • A Time 4 Paws celebrates pet adoption after 3 1/2 years

    Three and a half years ago, a local no-kill animal welfare organization known as A Time 4 Paws (AT4P) received an important email. A Nashville animal shelter volunteer asked if AT4P could take two severely abused English Pointer mixes. The email said they didn't want to take back two dogs they had placed in foster care for fear they would have to kill them.

    July 30, 2014

  • A Time 4 Paws collecting shoes to help Soles4Souls in fight against global poverty

    Attention anyone with a closet! Those shoes no longer wanted are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.
    That’s the message being delivered by A Time 4 Paws, which has launched an ongoing drive to collect shoes to help the poor. Used and new shoes can be dropped off at A Time 4 Paws in Crossville and can be left in the blue recycling bin outside labeled Soles4Souls.

    July 30, 2014

  • FFG Treasure Hunt set for Sept. 5

    The 2014 Fairfield Glade Treasure Hunt is set for Friday, Sept. 5. This has always been a fun evening for those who enjoy puzzle solving, figuring out clues or just having a good time.

    July 30, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014