Interesting item in the December 4 Honolulu Advertiser about how gun ownership in Hawaii has shot up in the early part of this century. In 2000, there were 13,600 guns registered in the state;last year, there were just under 26,000. And experts expect the number to rise even more, as Obama strikes fear into the hearts of firearm enthusiasts who believe they’d better buy ’em now before he takes ’em away.
Here’s the most telling quote in the Advertiser piece, from Harry Gerwig II, president of the Hawaii Rifle Association: “When people don’t feel confident about the direction the country is going, they look for another way to up their confidence level.”
Funny thing, that statement makes me feel less confident about the direction the country is going. Maybe I should buy a gun.