Think it’s alright to relax now? After all, didn’t a record number of people purchase firearms just before the 2008 presidential election anticipating a worst-case gun control scenario that never materialized? Whereas during his campaign Senator Barack Obama supported reintroducing the lapsed assault weapon ban, promised to eliminate an amendment requiring the FBI to destroy records of gun purchasers’ background checks and closing the so-called “gun show loophole”, he has not done any of these things. In fact, before the midterm elections he shelved a proposal to require gun dealers to report sales of semiautomatic rifles, and during his State of the Union address only weeks after the tragic Tucson shootings of Senator Gabrielle Giffords and others, made no mention of guns at all.
So why worry? Well, here are six big reasons: