What I recently learned:
While gun sales are soaring and making huge profits for manufacturers and their lobbyists, gun ownership “per household” is declining. This suggests a minority of people are hoarding guns, not a majority.
It means that while Wayne LaPierre and a minority of NRA members want you to think being armed to the teeth 24/7/365 is the best thing you could do with your life, it’s not what the majority of Americans, including a majority of the membership of the NRA, want or think.
This makes one wonder if those weapons hoarders are truly fearful or simply hoping to capitalize on making a profit reselling their weapons to other fearful folks when future regulations go into effect.
I learned that U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., lied at a Town Hall Meeting in which she stated the recent bill on background checks she helped vote down would have helped create a national firearms registry. This is absolutely false. If you read the bill you’ll learn how many ways it specifically would have forbid this.
I learned a 5-year-old boy in Kentucky accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death with a .22-caliber rifle he’d received for his birthday. The rifle had been left in a corner and his parents “did not realize” it was loaded.
I learned in an interview with Dan Baum, noted author, journalist and gun advocate, that he is doing all he can to point attention toward the fact our country has an enormous problem with gun safety/storage and that, while he fully supports teaching a 5 year old to handle a rifle (as he did at that age), there is absolutely no excuse for allowing open access to weapons.
Dan offered this profound comment: “We gun guys have proven ourselves to be criminally lousy stewards of the nation’s civilian arsenal.”