The president has repeatedly tried to ensure gun owners that he fully supports their right to own guns, but he can’t run from two things which contradict these reassurances: his record and his comments.
In a book called At the Brink, author John R Lott Jr. discussed several conversations he had with the president regarding guns. Lott recalled a specific conversation he had with then-professor Barack Obama while he was at the University of Chicago. As CBS News reported,
“I don’t believe people should be able to own guns,” Obama told Lott one day at the University of Chicago Law School.
Lott explains that he first met Obama shortly after completing his research on concealed handgun laws and crime.
“He did not come across as a moderate who wanted to bring people together,” Lott writes.
After he introduced himself to Obama, Lott suggested that they have lunch one day to discuss their views on guns. According to Lott, Obama “grimaced and turned away.” That was the way many conversations with Obama ended, Lott says.
The chapter documents the actions that Obama has taken on guns, citing the following:
- In 1996, Obama supported a ban on handguns
- In 1998, he supported a ban on the sale of all semi-automatic guns
- In 2004, he advocated banning gun sales within five miles of a school or park, which would have shut down nearly all gun stores
In his summation of the president’s views on guns Lott made this statement,
“Barack Obama is the most anti-gun president ever. That claim is based not on my own interactions with him back in the 1990’s but on his own public record over many years.”
So the next time you hear the president tout his excellent record in showing his support for 2nd amendment values remember his record and also remember this infamous quote: “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. Period.” He might just say the same thing about your guns.