Pat Buchanan

Going back further, gun sales have soared in recent years. According to CNS News, there have been 70 million FBI background checks for gun purchases since February 2009.

In the last two decades, many states have passed laws allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons and reduced the number of sites where weapons may not be carried.

Gun manufacturers like Beretta in Maryland and Colt in Connecticut are talking about moving to more friendly states.

Another problem the gun controllers seem unable to overcome is the suspicion they are not being honest about their ultimate goal -- and that goal is a place far beyond having criminal background checks.

What is behind the suspicion?

How many gun controllers who today profess their love of and loyalty to the Second Amendment spoke out against the new Maryland law that requires fingerprints and licensing?

How many said Gov. Martin O'Malley had gone too far?

How many spoke out against the infamous Washington, D.C., gun law that was overturned by the Supreme Court in the 2007 Heller decision? How many would object to fastening something like that gun law on the entire nation?

Under that law, city residents were forbidden to own handguns, semiautomatics or any unregistered weapon. Only guns registered before 1976 were permitted to private citizens, and guns kept in the home had to be "unloaded, disassembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device."

Law-abiding citizens were left naked to a criminal class in a city then known as the murder capital of America.

Joe Biden might call gun rights militants the "black helicopter crowd." But if Second Amendment folks fear that outlawing the AR-15s is only the beginning for the Biden crowd, they may be not far off the mark.

One need not be paranoid to get the sense that what gun controllers saw in Newtown was not only an atrocity but an opportunity -- to advance toward their ultimate goal of overturning Heller and disarming America.

After all, only one more Obama justice is needed.

How often, for example, have Biden and Obama condemned their Hollywood bundlers for glamorizing automatic weapons in a thousand films that have reaped Hollywood untold billions of dollars?

Has Obama ever called on the Hollywood moguls and actors who have contributed mightily to his campaign, or ex-Sen. Chris Dodd, head of the motion picture association, for restraint in the use of guns in films?

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan is a founding editor of The American Conservative magazine, and the author of many books including State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America .
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