BY SAM FIELDS
The recent rush to buy assault rifles, like AR-15s, may have provided the motivation for President Barack Obama’s surprise announcement that he intends to substantially increase car and light truck mileage by 2016
Sure, increasing mileage will reduce pollution and increase car efficiency. That will reduce the dependence on oil.
But I believe it also will have the effect of wiping out Detroit’s glut of gas guzzlers.
Fearful that an Obama Presidency would mean re-imposing a ban on assault rifles sent sales of those rifles through the roof. The price of guns like Ruger Mini 14′s and semi-automatic AK-47′s doubled in six months. Ammunition is in short supply.
In the same way that fear of the gun ban stimulated gun sales, the increased mileage of cars and light trucks will prompt a segment of the car buying market to scarf up the last of the gas guzzlers.
The Right Wing rumor mill is already working overtime with the “news that by 2016 car makers will be producing nothing bigger than a Scion or a Smart Car.
There won’t be room for a gun rack on those sissy mobiles.
It will be like 1920 with the passage of the Volstead Act, which implemented Prohibition. The day before it took effect, there was a run on liquor.
This time instead of cleaning out the liquor stores, big car will disappear from lots.
So buy that Cadillac Escalade or Humvee. Because pretty soon they won’t be making them anymore.