To the editor:
It has long been my observation that the only measurable result of the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Clinton assault weapons ban of 1994 was a huge increase in the number of privately owned guns. After both those laws were introduced — and after Barack Obama was elected president the first time — people went out and bought millions of guns and billions of rounds of ammunition that they did not really need, and probably would not have bought otherwise. In fact, it is axiomatic among the shooting public that the current popularity of civilian look-alikes of the M-16 and AK-47 can be traced directly to the panic buying spurred by the Clinton assault weapons bill.
Another such spree is going on right now. Therefore, I was really surprised to see the headline in the Feb. 6 Journal-World stating that gun sales were down 10 percent last month. Then I read the article. The reason sales are down is that every gun dealer in the country has already sold virtually every semiautomatic gun and every round of ammunition they could get their hands on, and the cupboards are bare.
It makes you wonder why intelligent people would continue to advocate more gun control laws. I guess they must have decided that the 300 million guns already out there just aren’t enough.