IS THE WILD WEST MAKING A COMEBACK?
As I began my real estate career there were some horrific incidents concerning agents showing houses and suffering severe consequences. My grown children were concerned for the safety of their adult mother. I agreed to investigate being armed. I checked into the legal requirements, I took a hand gun course and was quite effective at 25 feet (of course a 5 year old could be at that distance!), then I discussed this with a friend. The comment was, "Jacqui, you can't find your cell phone in your purse, what makes you think you could find a gun?". With this in the back of my mind I visited a local gun store to check out the inventory. The very nice owner visited with me for awhile and told me when you point a gun at anyone you must be prepared to shoot them and possibly take a life. If not you will likely be disarmed and that person will use the weapon against you. At that point I knew owning a gun was not for me. I might be able to use one if one of my family was threatened but I'm not sure.
Out of curiosity I went on-line and looked for "gun sales in Colorado in the past month". There were 129,000 entries, articles, etc. There are ads for tasers, stun guns, and pepper spray. Some are offered at "spring special" discounts. Unless you are a hunter, I believe the majority of hand gun sales are generated by fear. The country is pretty uncomfortable right now with our financial situation. Uncertainty about the future leads to fear.
ProQuest Information and Learning Company wrote an article for the Gazette in Colorado Springs that contained several interesting quotes and facts. Lance Clem stated that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is seeing unprecedented numbers of background check requests for concealed carry permits. The record for these permits in 2006 was 161,000. He feels they will surpass the 180,000 applications that were projected for this year. Plan to spend a long time on the Internet or the phone if you are applying for a permit.
Paul Paradis owns Paradise Sales in Colorado. He has seen a 400% increase in sales recently. He is concerned that panic buys are fueling profiteering and a ballooning of sales to the untrained. He states, "Common sense isn't common, if people don't understand things, they can't do them correctly".
All I know is I will eat an antelope steak or deer sausage but will I shoot it - No. Do I like guns - No. Do the American people have the right to own and bear arms - Yes. Do I think this should apply to AK7's and other assault weapons - No. There's my opinion and I close with a famous quote "The only thing to fear is fear itself", Franklin Delano Roosevelt.