Monday, December 31, 2012

OBAMA ON GUNS 2008---OBAMA ON GUNS END OF 2012

OBAMA 2008: 'I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY, THAT JUST AIN'T TRUE'


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“Meet the Press” on NBC, President Barack Obama told moderator David Gregory he will put his “full weight” behind a comprehensive gun-regulation package — one that might even include placing armed guards in schools.
Gun control could be good for GOP politically
My latest column for The Week deals with the futility of gun control.
As I write: “Consider what happened the last time we attempted to ban ‘assault weapons.’ Bill Clinton’s assault weapons ban actually didn’t reduce gun violence — nor did its expiration elevate levels. Liberals may sincerely believe ‘common sense’ gun control will make a difference. History suggests otherwise.”
While appearing on Meet the Press on Dec. 30th, President Obama pledged to make gun control one of the central aims of 2013. He said he knows it won't be easy -- that "there will be resistance" -- but that it has to be done to be sure another Sandy Hook doesn't take place.
Clearly, the "there will be resistance" comment was intended to put gun owners on their heels, and put them in an apologetic frame. But it was misplaced.
For while there certainly will be resistance, it will not be from the gun owners he's calling out but from the Bill of Rights attached to the U.S. Constitution.
It is crucial to understand that the Bill of Rights sets apart numerous freedoms -- the right to keep and bear arms among them -- in which the federal government is prohibited from interfering. The Bill of Rights is literally there to handcuff the government and keep the people free (not to handcuff the people and free the government to do whatever it wants).
From our nation's founding till now, the Bill of Rights has been a bulwark for freedom, allowing the rights enumerated therein to be enjoyed by generation upon generation.
Now Obama pretends the power to step and change our access to the freedoms protected by the 2nd Amendment, and he tries to justify this by saying the goal is to prevent another situation "where someone with severe psychological problems is able to get the kinds of high capacity weapons [the] individual in Newtown obtained."
President Obama has indicated that he won’t stick his neck out to push for gun control, but instead will let public opinion drive the debate.
In an interview with David Gregory on “Meet the Press,” Obama said he would await the recommendations of his gun control task force and present a package of gun control proposals.

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