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"But given the distrust of Washington, particularly in the face of many Democrats under Barack Obama pushing for tighter gun controls, it would appear the words uttered by then-NRA president Charlton Heston, “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands” is more than a slogan for many Americans – it is a reality."

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Despite the proliferation of mass murders like the Friday shooting spree that claimed seven lives near Santa Barbara, California, many Americans are fiercely protective of their guns.


To those who have lost family members to gun violence – like the December 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that took the lives of 20 school children and six adults – it must seem inexplicable that there are not more controls on guns, such as universal background checks.


But an inkling of why people say the government would have to pry the guns from their cold, dead hands can be found in the current ammunition shortage and a poll conducted a year ago.


A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll, released in May 2013, found nearly 29 percent of Americans think that an armed revolution may be necessary in the next few years to protect citizens’ liberties. That is helping fuel the persistent rumor that the government is buying up ammunition to prevent an uprising and to practice a form of gun control – no bullets, no shooting.


A CBS News article posed the question: “Where’s the ammo?” It said many hunters and gun enthusiasts have sought an answer for months.


The article found it is a case of supply and demand. Sales of guns and ammo have been rising since 2008 largely because of concerns over possible gun control efforts by the Obama administration. For the same reason – possible tougher gun laws – sales spiked following the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings.


But others believe the government is behind the shortage and that it is a sinister attack on personal freedom and the Second Amendment. The fear is that taking away bullets and making it more difficult to buy guns are the first steps to confiscation and then subjugation of the American people.


“There are a lot of wild stories,” said Mike Bazinet of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry trade association, Motherboard reported. “One story we’ve heard anecdotally is that the government is buying up all the ammo. That is not true.”


But some claim the Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling ammo.
In fact, the idea became so imbedded that a Government Accountability Office investigation into the DHS/ammo purchase was launched.


In February, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican and ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, reported that the GAO investigation found that “since 2009, ammunition purchases at the department have declined.”


But DHS does have a lot of bullets for a non-defense agency.


In 2012, the DHS purchased more than 103 million rounds of ammo, an average of about 1,500 bullets for every DHS officer, Motherboard reported in May 2013. In the same article, it was noted that the department had more than 263 million rounds in its inventory at the end of 2012.


Motherboard reported that talk radio host Alex Jones “has warned his audience that the ammo shortage is a sign that the federal government is gearing up for widespread civil unrest." Jones is a rabid conspiracy theorist of everything the government does. His YouTube channel has been viewed more than 360 million times and he is on 90 radio stations.


Jones went so far as to suggest on his Infowars website that the government is engaging in "an arms race against the American people (and was) gearing up for total collapse, they're gearing up for huge wars.”


That would seem nonsensical, until you remember that poll. The FDU poll was taken just over a year ago. The university polled 863 registered voters nationally by telephone from April 22-28, 2013, and the poll has a margin of error of ±3.4 percentage points.


It highlights the different outlooks of Democrats and Republicans.


“Overall, the poll finds that 29 percent of Americans think that an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years, with another 5 percent unsure,” the university stated on its website. “However, these beliefs are conditional on party.


“Just 18 percent of Democrats think an armed revolution may be necessary, as opposed to 44 percent of Republicans.”


Still, 29 percent of Americans believing there may be a necessity for an armed revolution to protect civil liberties is a large number, as well as scary.


It helps to explain why a significant number of Americans are so fiercely passionate about the Second Amendment and its right to bear arms despite Sandy Hook and the killings near Santa Barbara.


“If you truly believe an armed revolution is possible in the near future, you need weapons and you’re going to be wary about government efforts to take them away,” said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson.


Even the NRA is on record as saying the government is not behind the ammo shortage, that it is a simple matter of supply not able to keep up with demand.


But given the distrust of Washington, particularly in the face of many Democrats under Barack Obama pushing for tighter gun controls, it would appear the words uttered by then-NRA president Charlton Heston, “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands” is more than a slogan for many Americans – it is a reality.

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"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
It is its natural manure."

Thomas Jefferson

 

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What's interesting is that this piece was written by a liberal Canadian journalist.....
 
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