Firearms Sales Rise As Gun Control Debate Heats Up

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

There are 13 days until President Obama is sworn in for the second time, and many gun owners fear that also means only 13 days are left to buy the firearms they want.

Vice President Biden's task force is gaining momentum with gun control proposals, while gun activists have plans of their own.

Pat Spreng bought her first gun with a deadline in mind.

"We took action now so that we could have a gun because we feel we should be able to have one," Spreng said at Total Firearms in Holt.

Like many people, she was motivated by President Obama's call for gun control legislation, afraid it might limit her purchasing power.

"It would appear that President Obama is one of the best gun salesmen in the country," Total Firearms Manager Don LaMothe said. "Any time you have a politician, especially the Commander in Chief, talking about banning something, then people get nervous, and they want to run out and purchase that."

There's even an organized even for it: National Gun Appreciation Day. It's planned for two days before President Obama's inauguration, and everyone is encouraged to visit gun stores and shooting ranges.

Gun control supporters say it's time to put politics aside.

"People have every right to support the second amendment, but that needs to go hand in hand though with the first three words of the second amendment which are 'a well-regulated,'" Executive Director of Progress Michigan Zack Pohl said. "I hope the politicians in Lansing and Washington can come to together. We need some common sense proposals that are going to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and keep communities safe."

Gun activists argue it's more gun education that's needed.

"I think everybody has a god-given right to defend themselves, and people have a right to learn how to do so," LaMothe said.

Spreng and her husband plan to get more information, and probably make a purchase before the inauguration.

"I think as we both learn on the range, he'll choose the one that's best for him," Spreng said. "I'll probably buy it for him as a gift."

LaMothe said every day is gun appreciation day at Total Firearms, and they support the national effort.

Vice President Biden's gun control efforts could include things like reestablishing the ban on assault weapons and limiting the size of magazines. They're also considering requiring universal background checks for all gun buyers, and a national database that would track the sale and movement of guns.

Pohl said Progress Michigan supports those proposals, especially when it comes to the ban and background checks.

Gun activists believe those measures won't keep the weapons out of the hands of criminals.

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  • by Bill Location: Mason on Jan 16, 2013 at 08:20 AM
    Ya know all of this negative media talk about guns doing the crime while saying TV and Game violence isn't the issue...well it seemed to have worked when OWE-BOMA was going into negative campaign mode that was sold to us. He got re-elected cuz of negative stuff so why wouldn't a gun totting TV Show that kills as well as Games that hype the kill power contribute to the problem. Guns don't kill......people kill.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2013 at 05:00 AM
    Gun control 1 shot = 1 kill
  • by John Location: Lansing on Jan 9, 2013 at 03:52 PM
    It SEEMS, according to President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the gangs, all the important people already have armed guards for their families. Our families, well... "no need".
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 9, 2013 at 01:21 PM
    The funniest thing about the Obama Presidency is that he didn't fix the economy in the first 4 years becuase of Obamacare and spending. Now it's gun control and spending before JOBS in the second 4 years. Thanks to the UNINFORMED 51%
  • by REN Location: Lansing on Jan 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM
    Obama wants to make it harder for law abiding citizens to own guns. The only people HE wants to have guns are the Mexican drug dealers. All they have to do is call Eric Holder to get weapons from his fast and furious program
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Jan 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM's not that people are concerned about confiscation (there'd be a civil war in this country that would make the Revolution look like a pillow fight if the government tried that!)...people are concerned about the sudden restriction or banning on ownership. Also...Bill, you're very right with your the beginning of WWII, Japanese Admiral Yamamoto was noted as citing that very point with regard to Japan invading the U.S. He was quoted as saying "There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass".
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Jan 9, 2013 at 08:31 AM
    Just to help educate Mr. Pohl in this story...the term "regulated" in the context of 1778 and the Founding Fathers refers to what we would call "trained" in today's vernacular.
  • by You Location: Michigan on Jan 9, 2013 at 08:18 AM
    The funniest thing about gun control is that it doesn't work because criminals do not obey laws! Who has the learning disability?
  • by Bill Location: Mason on Jan 9, 2013 at 07:24 AM
    Look at the bright side to all of these guns... if some country was to invade the US in the fall then millions of "Hunters" will already be waiting for them. There are more Hunters in the woods than some countries have for a PAID ARMY!!!!
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 9, 2013 at 05:00 AM
    The funniest thing about this is that every time there is a gun control debate, people buy tons of guns "just in case" they're taken away, but they never are. The next time there's a gun control debate, time to buy more guns, but the guns are never taken away. It's like people have a learning disorder or something.
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