It came as no surprise that Twinkie lovers everywhere scrambled to stockpile the spongy cream-filled treats upon news that Twinkie-maker Hostess was shutting its doors. There were probably more than a few opportunists who also jumped aboard the Twinkie brigade for the sole purpose of potential future profits, hoping to safeguard the very last Twinkie supply until desperate panic set in, then offering the little chemical cylinders for sale on eBay for an exorbitant price.
Of course, there are people in the world who don’t particularly like Twinkies, including me. It’s not that I’m a snack cake snob, I simply don’t see the point if there is no chocolate involved. Anyway, Hostess’s demise did not cause me to rush out and buy Twinkies. I didn’t buy them last week, last month or last year, and foresaw no need to buy them in the future. The fact that they may soon be unavailable did not create a need for me to have them. (You can probably guess where I’m going with this, right?)
This week, our local newspaper ran a story about how guns sales had jumped since the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, CT. Assault weapons and high capacity magazines are particularly hot sellers because people are anticipating a ban on purchasing them in the future. I imagine the same thing is going on in your community.
So, tell me – if you didn’t need an assault weapon last week, last month or last year, why do you need one now? It’s simple logic: the possibility that something may become unavailable does not create a need where one did not already exist. If you didn’t NEED to run out and buy a Twinkie in recent years and you didn’t NEED to run out and buy an assault rifle in recent years, why the hell are you buying them now?
Whatever your feelings may be on Twinkies and assault weapons, I wish you a very happy New Year. May it be filled with peace, compassion, good health and common sense. Oh, a little bit of prosperity wouldn’t hurt either.