Rather than listen to more political rhetoric from President Obama in tonight’s State of the Union address I thought I would do something more productive.
So here is a friendly reminder of where our president is actually coming from whenever he makes a comment on guns.
Undoubtedly Obama will harp on why we need more gun control — Oh I’m sorry, I mean gun “safety” as that other term is no longer suitable for anti-gunners who wish to restrict 2nd amendment rights through subterfuge.
Every time you hear him say the word “gun” I want you to remember what he said in 1996. Because as much as he wants us to believe that he supports and defends the 2nd amendment, this comment is what he lives.
The comment was made back in 1996 and John Lott was there to hear it when the two men were attending the University of Chicago Law School.
John Lott’s recent article on The Daily Caller mentioned how the comment came to be.
The president forcefully claimed: “I respect the Second Amendment; I respect the right to bear arms; I respect people who want a gun for self-protection.”
Well, here’s another quote: “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.” That’s what Obama told me when we were colleagues at the University of Chicago Law School in 1996. Obama has also publicly supported a nationwide “ban [on] the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns” as well as a “ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.” Even as late as the 2008 Presidential primaries, Obama supported Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban.
From inaccurate claims about Congress restricting firearms research to failure to explain that virtually everyone stopped by background checks are law-abiding citizens who have a name similar to the people we want to stop, a lot more corrections could be made.
After hearing a statement like “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns” it makes it a lot easier to understand the straight up assault the president has been trying to make on gun ownership. He wants it to be a part of his legacy.
Lott continued in the article to point out the problems with Obama’s statements in the recent townhall meeting on guns.
When rape survivor Kimberly Corban asked why she shouldn’t be able to carry a gun to protect herself, Obama said his current executive actions won’t make it harder for her to purchase a firearm. He claimed, he isn’t proposing anything that “prevents you or makes it harder for you to purchase a firearm if you need one.”
Obama’s proposed expanded background checks will make guns more expensive, perhaps prohibitively so for poorer people. In DC, where Obama was speaking from, expanded background checks add about $125 to the cost of transferring a gun.
After the event, CNN brought in conservative commentators such as SE Cupp. However, they failed to understand the issues here. It’s not just that the laws won’t do any good — they will also come with some real costs. These laws won’t stop mass public shootings, but they will hurt law-abiding citizens.