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Obama Is Anti-Gun

November 3, 2008

I know many people who think Barack Obama supports gun ownership, but they are dead wrong.  They have listened to what he has said on the campaign trail, not what his record shows.  John Sigler has an excellent article up at Townhall.com discussing this.

John writes:

Obama…

–  Voted to allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt the firearms industry;

-Voted for legislation that would have given government bureaucrats free rein to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting;

– Would re-impose the failed and discredited Clinton Gun Ban;

–  Supports a proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles of a school or park, which would eliminate almost every gun store in America;

–  Favors a ban on high capacity magazines;

–  Favors gun-owner licensing and gun registration; mandatory micro-stamping; mandatory waiting periods; one-gun-a-month sales restrictions; and a ban on inexpensive handguns;

– And wants to repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which prohibits information on gun traces collected by the BATFE from being used in reckless lawsuits against firearm dealers and manufacturers.

Mr. Sigler also has some quotes from Obama’s buddy Charles Schumer [emphasis mine]:

And here is what appears on Obama’s campaign website:

“Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals…” Even Kessler’s former boss, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, is now talking the Third Way talk, while still walking the gun-ban walk. But while Kessler was Policy Director and gun control point-man to the then-New York Congressman, Schumer testified before an April 5, 1995 Judiciary Committee hearing on the meaning of the Second Amendment.

Schumer sputtered:  “There is no constitutional question here… If anyone tried to sell the baloney we’ll hear today, they would be arrested for consumer fraud.  The NRA’s Second Amendment is an empty cereal box in the marketplace of ideas…”

Further, Schumer said the belief that the Second Amendment was an individual right “is poisoning our political dialogue… The sickening fruit of this poisonous lie are obvious in our society…. Like flat earth fanatics, Second Amendment fanatics just don’t get it… It does not guarantee the mythical individual right to bear arms…”

That extraordinary rant notwithstanding, Schumer said in a May 8, 2002 press release:  “The broad principle that there is an individual right to bear arms is shared by many Americans, including myself.”

Nothing Chuck Schumer espoused in 1995 has changed.  I suspect nothing in his heart-of-hearts has changed either… just the rhetoric he employs. It is the same with Barack Obama, who stands with Schumer in the forefront of the most radical supporters of oppressive gun controls.

“Mythical individual right to bear arms”???  Really, Mr. Schumer?  Do you believe the same about speech?  Is that right “mythical” as well?

Here is a story, from the Sigler article, that illustrates where Obama stands.  Hale Demar was the victim of a burglary at his home.

Within 24 hours of the initial crime, the burglar returned in Mr. DeMar’s stolen SUV and again entered DeMar’s home, this time using stolen keys.  Because of the weak response of police the previous night, Mr. DeMar was prepared for the worst with a handgun that he had legally purchased and kept locked in a proper safe.  Legal in most other parts of the state, Mr. DeMar’s gun was illegal to possess within the city under Wilmette’s gun ban ordinance.

Confronted by the criminal and fearing for his children, he shot the burglar who fled in DeMar’s stolen vehicle.

As it turned out, the wounded home-invader had a long rap sheet.  This guy was a dangerous career criminal.

Cook County prosecutors found Mr. DeMars’ use of his banned handgun to be justified, but Wilmette trustees pressed to prosecute him for violating the town gun ban ordinance – claiming that Mr. DeMar’s simple possession of a handgun in his home “is endangering innocent civilians…” Outrage grew exponentially among ordinary Illinois citizens, ultimately resulting in enactment of legislation making self-defense or defense of others in a home or business an affirmative defense against prosecution for possession of a banned defensive firearm in such places as Wilmette, Morton Grove and Chicago.

In spite of Obama’s vote, the legislation passed the senate by a 38 to 20 vote.  The House margin was 86 to 25.  And he voted against armed self-defense in the home again when the Illinois Senate overrode the governor’s veto.

Like its sister city of Morton Grove, Wilmette withdrew its handgun ban soon after the Heller decision came down but Obama’s home town of Chicago remains defiant.  Chicago’s handgun ban is literally a carbon copy of D.C.’s now-illegal ban.

Even after the Heller decision, Obama still fully supports the handgun ban in his home city, Chicago.  It is a law that Mayor Richard Daley is defiantly defending in spite of the Supreme Court’s D.C. decision.  Daley, among Obama’s most powerful and influential supporters and political mentors, recently shouted at an anti-gun rally:

NO GUNS IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA!”

Think about that – NO GUNS IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA.  What’s next Mr. Daley?  No computers or pens or paper so you can’t disagree with the government?  Barack Obama is a socialist who knows this country will have to be disarmed before it can be remade into the utopia that these wackos on the left want.  Hitler did it as did other dictators.  Disarm the populace and they cannot fight back.

For the first time in my life, the potential outcome of an election really scares me.  If Obama wins and the Democrats gain power in Congress (they most certainly will), then I fear for my country.  Seriously.  Vote McCain if you love your country – vote Obama if you love your government.

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