Leap in firearms sales ‘unprecedented’

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I am very tired of the hyperbole of people like Stehman. Our government is not tyrannical. I’ve been reading Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants.” Read it. The descriptions of the governments under aristocrats in Germany, Russia, and the British Empire before and during WWI are chilling. Children as young as 10 were forced into prostitution just to get a loaf of bread to eat. Bosses could flogg employees for any number of percieved infractions, including expressing a dissenting political opinion. We do NOT have a tyrannical government by any stretch of the imagination. We do have two clearly identified problems to deal with, hopefully through thoughtful legislation and compromise: inadequate access to mental health care and a gun culture that actually believes that assault weapons are needed in every household. I grew up around guns. I don’t own one. I dont need one. I’ve been burglarized, and since burglers come when nobody is home, the only thing that would have happened if I owned a gun was another gun owned by a criminal. I’ve been in a bank robbery where there was a shoot-out. The robber died when he jumped out of a window, two employees were traumatized, one with a gun shot in her butt as she was ducking under her desk. I’ve been in a robbery of a pizza joint, where the robber held a gun in his lap, pointing at me while instructing the guy behind the counter about what he wanted. There is no way I could have pulled a concealed weapon and defended myself. This attitude that everybody needs a gun is pure paranoia and nonsense. I don’t mind people hunting or going to a gun range to shoot, but to demand that assault rifles be accessible to everyone who can pass a background check—when most mental health information isn’t in the database in the first-place—is pure horse pooh pooh.

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