18 May

Obama and the Gun Rights Gamble

                                       

I’m a staunch gun rights advocate. I love guns. I own many guns. Besides Basic Training, where I believe I was issued a rifle with a bent front sight post, I’ve scored expert on every single weapons range I’ve been on from 9mm pistol to M60 machine gun, including the grenade throwing range.

Recently, I’ve debated a few liberals who think that I’m grasping at straws when I claim that another term from administration would result in more gun control. They challenge me to name one law that Obama has put in place that restrict gun rights. Obviously, he hasn’t signed any laws to restrict gun rights…yet. The shallow-minded would use that fact and loudly proclaim, “A-AH! You’re just a conspiracy nut.” Really? Just because President Obama hasn’t convinced Congress to pass any laws strengthening gun control, doesn’t mean he’s some NRA poster child of gun rights.

Consider his two Supreme Court injects – Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. These two are staunch gun control advocates and their presence in the court will affect gun rights ruling for years to come.

Never mind that Kagan hates the military and restricted access to students by military recruiters. Kagan noted during her confirmation hearings that gun control efforts were “settled law.” She believes in a Constitution that “develop[s] over time,” meaning that as time goes by, the meaning of the Constitution changes. Kagan worked with Clinton to bend the law as far as they could to “capture a whole new class of guns” they could regulate. This included a long-time ban on magazines that carried more than 10 rounds. Two years ago, the Washington Times labeled her a “feverish proponent of gun control.”

In 2009, Sonia Sotomayor, then a 2nd Circuit Court judge, ruled that the 2nd Amendment “imposes a limitation on only federal, not state, legislative efforts.” The Supreme Court precedents have ruled otherwise. In 2004, she claimed that the right to keep and bear arms “is clearly not a fundamental right.”

These are just the two that President Obama has installed into the Supreme Court. It does not include the other anti-gun judges he has put into the lower courts. These are the courts that will will be deciding future gun rights issues. Few of those will ever make it to the Supreme Court because of the amount of time, effort, and money it takes to get there. If you don’t believe me, read Mark Levin’s book, “Men In Black.”

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both support the UN’s Small Arms Treaty. The treaty would require the global registration of everything from missiles and tanks to rifles and pistols. The treaty makes no concessions for private citizens.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder is a devout gun control advocate. His policies have killed our border agents through the “Fast and the Furious” program. This was an effort to demonize small arms by putting them in the hands of gangs and thugs in the hopes an increase in violence would turn public opinion. Some may say, “Come on, CJ. Aren’t you being a little conspiratorial?” Not at all. Holder TOLD us he wanted to do this back in 1995.

By executive order, President Obama prevented the importation of thousands of surplus M1 Garands from Korea. The weapons were in good condition and used by US troops during the Korean War. Many veterans and family members of that conflict were looking forward to collecting these rifles in time to celebrate the 62nd Anniversary of the war next month. However, within a month of announcing the importation of these rifles that would have helped the South Korean military raise money for its defense, the Obama Administration blocked them. Why? Because allowing these weapons to come into the country, they “could potentially be exploited by individuals seeking firearms for illicit purposes.” Whatever that means?

But, it doesn’t stop there. Obama also blocked the importation of 300,000 vintage 1911 Colt pistols from the same conflict! With demand for these beautifully created pistols at an all-time high, the importation could have finally gotten them within affordability for many veterans interested in collecting vintage firearms. Even within the military, there is an effort to once again issue troops the .45 caliber pistols instead of the current 9mm Berettas.

Finally, Obama attempted to install Andrew Traver as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Thankfully, his nomination never went through because Traver is about as anti-gun as they come. Yet, he’s still in charge of the ATFE’s Chicago Field Division. In this role he has worked hard to stigmatize so-called “assault rifles” and those that own them. I wrote about Traver a year and a half ago on my blog.

So, in response to my liberal, gun-controlling backtalkers; no, Obama hasn’t passed any gun control laws. He CAN’T. There are to many liberty-loving constitutionalists in Congress right now. He has not staged a frontal assault on gun rights, but he has been attempting to exploit its flanks.

James Madison spoke to this during a speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 what Obama is attempting to do today with gun control: “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

The views expressed in this post are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of any branch of the government or military unit. The author does not represent, speak for, or write in any official capacity.

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34 Responses to Obama and the Gun Rights Gamble

  1. JustAl says: 1

    Good points all, but another disturbing point is that the GOP chose to run a candidate who “is proud of Massachusetts gun laws” (one of the most blatant cases of a state wiping it’s behind on the Constitution).

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  2. Ditto says: 2

    @JustAl:

    Which is why it’s also important to vote in Tea Party supported & conservative Republicans this Fall.

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  3. Jason says: 3

    Obama hasn’t done one damn thing to restrict American citizens’ right to own firearms. NOT ONE DAMN THING. This is typical groundless anti-Obama bullshit.

    What do you think Romney’s history on gun rights might be? Maybe you should check.

    Is it possible that not allowing the reimportation of 86,000 surplus weapons might be a desirable outcome to certain U.S. manufacturers?

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  4. JustAl says: 4

    @Jason: @Jason:

    Three words: Fast and Furious. Of course O isn’t stupid enough to try something overt, hence his assurances to working on gun control “behind the scenes” to his gun grabbing minions. And, to answer you question, no, I don’t think the re-importation would even cause a hiccup at any US manufacturers, as though THAT would be a concern of either “O” or “U”.

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  5. CJ says: 5

    @Jason: Jason, why do you contradict yourself? “Obama hasn’t done one damn thing to restrict American citizens’ right to own firearms.” Then you say, “Is it possible that not allowing…” By not allowing the importation of these firearms, he’s directly affected my right to have them.

    Second, please tell which manufacturer of M1 Garands would be impacted, especially since they aren’t being produced any longer! This will be an interesting conversation.

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  6. Randy says: 6

    Obama succeeds because of people like Jason!

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  7. Hard Right says: 7

    Jason doesn’t seem to remember obama’s firearms votes in Illinois. What a shock.
    http://civilliberty.about.com/od/guncontrol/a/Barack-Obama-Gun-Control.htm
    How does that taste jason?

    How about his anti-2 Amend appointments?
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/12/28/president-obamas-anti-gun-agenda-shows-no-sign-stopping/
    http://www.ccrkba.org/?p=2488
    http://michellemalkin.com/2011/05/17/radical-judicial-nominee-alert-goodwin-liu-headed-for-vote/

    That’s going to leave a mark on obama drones

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  8. CJ says: 8

    I also published a post titled “Repeal the Second Amendment?!” on my blog.

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  9. CJ
    nice to have you here with us, you surely went to hell lately there
    hopefully you could make it back, we where thinking of you here,
    and praying, for all of your MILITARY ON THE GROUND, DO YOU STILL HAVE THE HOT PEPPERS AT HAND?
    BEST TO YOU.

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  10. another vet says: 10

    He has laid the groundwork to go after the 2nd Amendment should he win re-election. He knows doing it before the election would be political suicide. He’s like a snake. Thanks to Biden, we know he was going to hide his true intentions about gay marriage until after the election. Thanks to an open mic, we know his stated positions on Russia are not to be believed. He already told China that he has to deal with our form of government making it sound like an inconvenience. He has shown a disdain for our Constitution and our laws. A few examples would be: Obamacare, Fast and Furious, Libya, the “Fairness Doctrine”, and the disregard for our immigration laws. He is not to be trusted with OUR rights or OUR money.

    CJ: Welcome back as a contributor and welcome back to the good old USA if you have returned from your tour. Hopefully all went well with the dog supplies.

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  11. another vet
    you say it so much better,
    thank you

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  12. CJ says: 12

    @another vet: I returned about a month ago from Afghanistan. It’s good to be home after more than 100 rocket attacks in just eight months.

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  13. don’t we have a multi task rocket to eliminate all of those in one shot?

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  14. Jason says: 14

    He has laid the groundwork to go after the 2nd Amendment should he win re-election.

    Mitt Romney has supported both the 2nd Amendment and the assault weapon ban. If you can find a clear position on the 2nd Amendment in there somewhere you’re doing better than me. Maybe you should check what he actually did while Governor. Actions speaking louder than words, as they say.

    Obama has already been President for nearly 4 years and HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING DURING THAT TIME TO RESTRICT A CITIZEN’S GUN RIGHTS. As a matter of fact, U.S. gun sales have been at record levels throughout his term. If you don’t believe it, check. Probably the totally unfounded right wing propaganda meme that “Obama is going to take all our guns away” has been driving sales.

    Hope you all feel safer, knowing that more and more paranoid Americans are packing guns with every passing day. It’s also nice that the red states are easing up on the penalties when paranoid people decide to shoot at each other.

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  15. JustAl says: 15

    @CJ:

    Welcome back! my son also got home about a month ago nobody who only follows the lame stream media has any idea how hot it is over there, he brought down a hell of a lot of ordinance (13F).

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  16. JustAl
    glad to know that your son is well, I remember when he arrive there,
    he was concern they had not given any weapons, and felt he needed at least a knife,
    he survived quite a lot of dangerous event since.
    best to you. and all admiration for ONE OF the BRAVEST OF THIS GREAT AMERICA.

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  17. another vet says: 17

    @CJ: Sounds like what LSA Anaconda in Iraq was like. I don’t want to put you on the spot here, perhaps you can email me, but what is your take on how things are proceeding over there? Hopefully the Yon issue is closed out as well.

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  18. another vet says: 18

    @Jason: Feel free to compare the number of murders in Chicago, which is about as blue as you can get, to the number of those killed by hostile fire in Afghanistan or Iraq over the last few years.

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  19. Jason
    hi’ you should know that when the guns sales go up, it mean that the AMERICANS DON’T TRUST THE WHITE HOUSE TO PROTECT THEM, IF SOME OF THEM HAD IT,AT THE 2008 ELECTION,
    THEY ARE FINDING ALL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHO’S IN POWER NOW,
    THEY CAN JUST WATCH FOX NEWS VETTING OBAMA NOW, AFTER HIS YEARS AT THE TOP JOB,
    AND THIS WAS KEPT SECRET ALL THIS TIME FROM AMERICANS TO KNOW,
    CHECK IT UP.

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  20. another vet says: 20

    @ilovebeeswarzone:Very true. And it goes way beyond Obama. Look at the mess Europe is in. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell that they are headed over the finacial cliff and if we don’t get our act together, and soon, so will we. These are going to be very uncertain times we are headed into, regardless of who the next President is. Both of our parties seem to have forgotten who they represent.

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  21. another vet
    yes, they all got into the frenzie all with what they had at their finger tips,
    even some occupiers have been intreduce to hide their game which OBAMA INSTITUTE,
    THE UNIONS CHIPPING IN WITH THE WHITE HOUSE HIRING TO MUCH PERSONALS UNIONYZE TO PLEASE THEIR BUDDY UNION BOSSES, AND THEY COULD NOT IMPROVE THE ECONOMIE WITH ALL THE EMPLOYEES ON THE POCKET OF THE PEOPLE, THEY FORGOT THE PEOPLE SWEATING TO SUPPORT THEM,
    THEY ALL FAIL TO DO THEIR JOBS WHICH THEY WHERE ELECTED FOR, THAT IS TO TAKE THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE, THEY ONLY TOOK INTEREST AND SPEND ON THE ONE OF THEIR CHOICE,
    THE ONE OF THEIR COLOR, THE ONE WHO GIVE THEM MONEY AND PRAISE,

    I BELIEVE THAT ROMNEY IN ALL HIS TIME AS A CANDIDATE, CAME IN FACE TO FACE WITH THE INTELLIGENCE AND TOLERANCE AND TOP CLASS BEHAVIOR OF THE CONSERVATIVES,
    THE ALL CONSERVATIVES, AND HE WILL BE A GOOD PRESIDENT, SMART, COOL,TOLERANT AND WITH GREAT VALUES, WHICH A PRESIDENT OF THIS SUPER AMERICA SHOULD BE,
    AND THE PEOPLE WILL REGAIN THE RESPECT AND THE PRIDE TO BE AMERICAN,
    THEY WILL RECOVER THE PAST GOOD ADVICES WHICH MADE AMERICA STRONG BEFORE
    THEY VOTED FOR HALF OF ANYTHING TO BE LEAD TO DEBTS NEVER SEEN BEFORE, FALSE PROMISES NEVER GIVEN SO MUCH BEFORE, FOUL WORDS AND CORRUPTION NEVER SEEN BEFORE,
    THEY WILL RECLAIM THE BEST OF AMERICA, AND HEAL FROM THAT DEPRESSION PRESENT NOW,
    NEVER SEEN BEFORE, AND THE REAL AMERICA PROUD AND TALL WILL RISE SHINING FOR THE WORLD TO NOTICE THE CHANGE, OF THE GREATEST POWER OF THE WORLD,

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  22. ON FOX SHOWING 300 SOLDIERS COMING BACK AMONG A CROUD OF PEOPLE PRAISING THEIR
    COURAGE AND STAND,
    AND AFTER THERE WAS 250 MORE COMING RIGHT AFTER , THIS WAS IN COLORADO FORT CARLSON.
    A BIG WECOME TO YOU ALL TREASURE YOU ARE OF AMERICA.

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  23. another vet says: 23

    @ilovebeeswarzone: Hopefully you are correct. Something needs to change and the sooner the better before it is too late. We seemed to have slipped during the Post Cold War Era.

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  24. CJ says: 24

    I went from a single competition-grade pellet gun (I trained JROTC cadets) in 2008 to more than a dozen rifles and pistols of various calibers today.

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  25. CJ says: 25

    @Jason: Obama is the best gun salesman this country has ever seen! And this post is FULL of information on what Obama HAS done WRT limiting guns.

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  26. CJ says: 26

    @Jason: I actually feel VERY safe knowing that many of the people around me are possibly packing guns. I also feel safer knowing that I’m packing no matter where I go, including malls, state parks, schools, and at church. Guess what? Not one single person has died because I have a gun! Imagine that.

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  27. Marine72 says: 27

    @Jason:

    Obama hasn’t done one damn thing to restrict American citizens right to own firearms. NOT ONE DAMN THING. This is typical groundless anti-Obama bullshit.

    What do you think Romney’s history on gun rights might be? Maybe you should check.

    Is it possible that not allowing the reimportation of 86,000 surplus weapons might be a desirable outcome to certain U.S. manufacturers?

    OMIGOD! Not another BOHICAman to add to the libtard~democrap plantation overseers.

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  28. Hankster58 says: 28

    “could potentially be exploited by individuals seeking firearms for illicit purposes.”

    Yo, OBAMA, or JASON for that matter… why don’t you tell us, of the last time, someone robbed or did a drive by, or whatever, with a GARAND !?!?!?! One more, of Obama’s TRUCKLOAD of lies….

    By the way, a BASEBALL BAT, could be said to do the same….”be exploited by individuals for illicit purposes.”

    DUH!! Get real…

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  29. Hankster58 says: 29

    Jason did say ONE thing that was truthful..(please excuse the typical Liberals style “edited quote”!!)

    “Obama has already been President for nearly 4 years and HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING”!!

    By golly that’s the TRUTH!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!

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  30. Skookum says: 30

    I trained with the M1 Garand and consider it to be one of the best most durable rifles I ever packed. I felt a touch of sadness on hearing those rifles were being prevented from coming home. They are a part of America’s history and many Americans have a soft spot for this dignified weapon of the past. I have no need for weapons beyond a hunting rifle, but I would love to own one of these historic rifles.

    I believe Fast and Furious was a criminal attempt to discredit American gun owners and dealers while drumming up anti-Second Amendment sentiment among the cowardly Leftist leaning among us. Holder refuses to answer for these transgressions and our Congress is still playing footsie with this lying criminal. He should be arrested for contempt, along with many others in the Obama unjust Justice Department.

    Welcome Home! CJ

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  31. Hard Right says: 31

    Jason is a typical moonbat. Once his meme has been blown to pieces he resorts to a foaming at the mouth attacks and a blatant display of bigotry towards the average citizen.
    But liberals are for the “little guy”…buwhahahahahaha!

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  32. johngalt says: 32

    Nice to have you back, CJ.

    Jason is obviously blinded by Obama’s “halo”. Anyone who thinks that Obama is either “pro-gun”, or ambivalent to the 2nd Amendment, is a naive fool who will happily give up their freedoms and liberties simply to bathe in the “light” of Obama.

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  33. Jason says: 33

    I don’t have a halo problem. You all have a paranoia problem.

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  34. Jason
    yes you certainly don’t have a halo, far from it,
    and the fact that you mentioned before that you don’t remember what
    you comment shortly before on another comment full of cuss words,
    is telling that you are lacking of focus on what you are telling,
    and it doesn’t look good on your credibility
    so you are better to focus on what the reality is, more than what you are told to say,
    you should use your own mind instead of someone else mindset,
    then you will remember every word you said and you might be able to apologize, for having been an asshole, here
    and thank some for having gracefully given you good advices
    check it up

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