Gun people can’t agree on a lot of issues.
Is a .270 big enough for elk hunting? Is the pre-64 Model 70 Winchester superior to later models?
What’s better for the field, a side-by-side double barrel shotgun or an over-under? Does the .257 Roberts’ ballistics make it worth the extra cost of ammo over the .243?
But one thing I have found as I have hung out at gun shows and gun shops this year is that nearly 100 percent of the people I talk to there agree on one thing:
“Obama wants to take away our guns!”
Based on this universal attitude, ammunition sales went through the roof from election day until last August said Max Bosworth, who runs Max's Gun Shop in Idaho Falls. That's when gun owners finally ran out of money because of the economy.
At the last gun show I attended in April gun sales were slow but ammunition and other accessories were still moving. You never can have too much ammo but it sure has gotten expensive.
What is interesting about all this is that Obama has only done one thing about guns since he has entered office. He signed a new federal law that required national parks to allow gun owners to carry guns into national parks under the same rules the states have for the surrounding areas.
That’s right, Obama expanded gun owner rights. He didn’t restrict them.
This expansion has not pleased my National Park Service sources very much. The ones on Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier national parks are especially worried that it might put more big handguns in the hands of hikers heading into bear country.
You might remember I wrote in 2008 about a scientific study that showed bear spray was more effective than a gun for protecting yourself from a grizzly bear. But there are many people who remain unconvinced, the Denver Post reports.
I still go along with the characterization of people who need a gun in bear country as “wood wimps,” which I heard from an old bear biologist who spent hundreds if not thousands of hours around bears. And I’m not worried about the government taking away my guns.
But then I hunt elk with a .270 and choose a side-by-side instead of an over-under shotgun every time!