Cling To Your Guns Gun-Clingers
There has been tee-heeing about “gun nuts” stocking up on guns and ammunition as though it was absurd to believe that Barack Obama, who voted for anti-gun legislation as a state senator would never try to get the same sort of legislation passed as President. Little things like this heighten people’s anxiety:
Do You Now Own, or Have You Ever Owned, a Gun? The Politico reports on a curious addition to the Obama transition personnel questionnaire for potential appointees to the new Administration.
Tucked in at the end of the questionnaire and listed under “Miscellaneous,” it reads: “Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.”
Paul Light, professor of public service at New York University, said there was no such question for potential appointees when President George W. Bush took office in 2000.
“It kind of sticks out there like a sore thumb,” Light said.
He expressed uncertainty over why it was included but surmised it was out of an abundance of caution, a desire to avoid the spectacle of a Cabinet-level or other high-ranking appointee who is discovered to have an unregistered handgun at home.
“It’s the kind of thing that, if dug out, could be an embarrassment to the president-elect,” Light said.
So, the government is already asking questions about guns to their appointees. Can Americans expect this sort of question the next time they renew their license? Or, can they expect certain kinds of guns to no longer be available soon?
Given the gun-obsession of the president-elect, it seems perfectly rational to stock up. By the way, should Senator Obama achieve his utopian dreams of a world where there are no guns, there will just be a huge black market for these things and formerly law-abiding citizens will be forced to go against the law to maintain their rights.
Cross-posted at MelissaClouthier.com