Do you remember Chicken Little, the storybook character who ran around screaming “The sky is falling?” I bet if you were into genealogy and did some research, you would find that Chicken Little has a huge family tree, because we certainly don’t have any shortage of people warning us about one impending calamity after another.
One popular internet forum I visit regularly currently has an ongoing discussion about the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, and particularly the Cap and Trade Bill, which supposedly would require homeowners to have the energy efficiency of their home measured. Then, according to the doom and gloom crowd, the government will tell you what your new energy efficiency requirement is and you will be forced to make modifications to your home to comply with the new energy and water efficiency requirements.
People are calling it yet another attempt by Big Brother to control us in our very homes. Of course, the act has not been approved by the Senate, and probably never will. And even if it was, it will be rewritten and morphed so many times that who knows what might eventually be approved, if anything.
Another thing we can worry about is the supposed impending end to the Mayan calendar in the year 2012, which has a whole army of loony tunes folks claiming that this event, coupled with a series of astronomical alignments the same year, spells the end of the world. The good news there is, if it does happen, I can eat anything I want for the next couple of years without regard to the scientific studies that prove that eating or drinking anything I can think of can be harmful to my health for one reason or another.
Hey, wait a minute! Wasn’t the world going to end when the calendar rolled over to the year 2000? Something about airplanes falling out of the sky and the whole grid civilization lives on coming to a grinding halt? Did we get a twelve year reprieve? Is this one really going to be the end?
Since I am a gun owner, I get a lot of dire predictions from the gun crowd. Earlier this year it was that each round of ammunition would have to have a serial number or identifying code on it, which would make it too expensive to produce and sell. It was nonsense, of course.
The current claim is that we will all have to declare our firearms on our 2010 income tax returns. Snopes.com shows that to be just one more false claim, but I know gun owners who are losing sleep over this one too.
Recently it was very hard to find ammunition in some parts of the country, and the conspiracy freaks were claiming everything from the Obama government buying it up to keep it out of civilian hands, to more moderate folks who said all of our ammunition manufacturing capability is going to the war effort. I find the first claim inane, and the second interesting, in view of the fact that we had no problem buying ammunition during the Vietnam War, or any conflicts we’ve been involved in since then.
A while back, I talked to a wholesale rep from one of the largest firearms suppliers in the country, whom I have known for years. He told me the reason gun shops can’t get ammunition is because when President Obama got elected, there was a mass panic as gun owners grabbed up everything in sight because they knew the new administration was going to ban all firearms and ammunition. He said some people were ordering ammunition by the truck load. So if you have not been able to find ammo lately, don’t blame Obama. Blame Bubba there next to you, who has enough stored in his garage and underground bunker to start, and end, World War III. That particular panic has eased a bit, and we are seeing supplies starting to become more available.
The same people who are afraid that we are about to lose our gun rights seem not to be aware that we have actually made great strides toward the positive on that issue, compared to fifteen or twenty years ago. More states now have concealed carry laws than ever before, and more and more states are granting reciprocity to concealed carry permit holders from other states.
Not to mention the fact that President Obama recently signed a bill that will allow concealed carry of firearms in National Parks, if the state where the park is located has a concealed carry permit. This eases restrictions in place since President Reagan’s time. Reagan was, of course, a conservative Republican, not a liberal Democrat. There go some more reasons to walk the floor at night.
But don’t worry. There are a million other things we can dream up to get all worked up about, and a million more Chicken Littles out there to spread the word that the sky is still falling!
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