- " Looming over the main entrance was a massive banner of a leering Grim Reaper with glowering red-eyes, wielding a scythe. It advertised a laser scope called the Eliminator. "
- "Death personified also symbolized the timing of SHOT, which began just 10 days after Jared Loughner opened fire on a crowd in Tucson, Arizona, killing six people and wounding 13, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner used a Glock-19 handgun, the same gun used in 2007 by Virginia Tech spree shooter Seung-Hui Cho to kill 32 people and wound 17. Lougher’s Glock-19 was equipped with a 30-round magazine. Cho’s held 15 bullets."
- " What I found in Las Vegas was lethality mania, with major firearms manufacturers and distributors promoting new lines of weapons that hold even more bullets and with various gadgets and tactical features that supposedly “maximize operator lethality.” In other words, they’re better able to kill human beings in greater numbers and with more efficiency. That’s all they’re good for—not target shooting, not hunting, just killing people."
- " Gun ownership has been in long-term decline over the last 40 years. The industry experienced a brief resurgence in 2009 after President Obama’s election stirred fears of new gun control laws. However, that buying surge has evaporated and left the industry reeling as many recent buyers have sold their firearms, flooding the secondary market. To lure repeat buyers, increased lethality has become the nicotine of the firearms industry. But for the most part, increased lethality equates to pointless overkill."
- " The best weapon’s a shotgun. Easy to operate, no need to aim with high precision, fun for the whole family. Plus, the distinctive chik-chik sound of a shell being chambered in a pump-action shotty is known and respected all over the world. But let’s say that for whatever reason, you want to keep a handgun for home defense. Fine. Why in the hell do you need 25, 30 or 50 bullets and a ported barrel? Are you Al Pacino in the last scene of Scarface?"
- " But surely reasonable Alaskans can support the broad concept of private gun ownership while agreeing that high-capacity assault rifles and handguns hold no constructive purpose in this state or any other."
- "“You can use that to stick in a door and blow off a hinge, or to take a core sample out of somebody’s chest if you find yourself in a hand-to-hand situation,” Spaulding said."
- " “What we have in common is we all share a common destiny and a common vision. We want to see our children and our grandchildren growing up and enjoying those same recreational activities and the shooting sports we all hold so dearly,” said NSSF president Steve Sanetti in his keynote address. “Our goal is clear and unchanging: We want more. More hunters and more target shooters… and more freedom to do what Americans have done since this nation began.” "
Really? Amazing that the message, as David Holthouse points out, does not fit with the reality of how the gun industry and the pro gun side actually operate in real life. While promoting the lethality of weapons not needed for self defense, the messaging indicates some willingness to understand that they (National Shooting Sports Foundation) want people to enjoy recreational gun sports and hopes that children will grow up to also enjoy the same. Why, then, do the manufacturers produce and market the types of weapons and ammunition on display at the gun shows? There is a disconnect here somewhere. It is becoming more obvious that the pro gun side has become more extreme in their views and have left behind a large group of gun owners who do not share their views.
And speaking of disconnects and gun owners who support common sense, here is yet another poll done in 5 states by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. This time, the organization decided to do polling in Ohio, Virginia, Arizona, Colorado and Indiana. What the polling found was: " "These five polls reveal more unity than division," said pollster Margie Omero, president of Momentum Analysis, which coordinated the survey team and conducted the Ohio poll. "Overwhelming numbers support a series of stricter gun laws to prevent mass shootings. Voters in these key states see clear solutions to a tragic problem."" And again, the survey in each state included gun owners as well as non gun owners who found agreement on the major initiatives supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Brady Campaign and other gun control organizations around the country. It's always gratifying to know that you are on the right side of an issue.
I submit, once again, that polling data continues to come down on the side of common sense. The public understands that making reasonable gun laws will not affect the rights of law abiding citizens. How many more polls should we take before the politicians are willing to shed their allegiance to the uber powerful gun lobby? Time will tell. Meanwhile, I know that what I am writing is the truth and that I represent the majority of the public. There are those who disagree but they are, more and more, becoming a minority trying to hang on to a myth.
Watch for upcoming posts about the Castle Doctrine and more incidents of "good guys" with guns shooting others. It happens every day. Too many people are dying. Instead of passing laws to make it easier to get and use guns, we need to make it harder for people who can't use guns responsibly from getting them in the first place. Talk amongst yourselves and I will return soon with more from commongunsense.