Posted by: reformedmusings | October 29, 2008

Obama and gun rights

Barack Obama claims to support your right to own firearms. Talk is cheap, so how do we know what he really believes? Fortunately, Obama has a voting record both in Illinois (one of the most anti-firearm right states in the US) and the US Senate. Let’s take a look behind the curtain of empty rhetoric.

First, what is Obama’s published policies on the 2nd Amendment? Oops. You won’t find a word on his policy page. No mention of the 2nd Amendment in his Blueprint for Change. Those mostly contain social activist agenda items. So, no help in his official documents. Contrast that with John McCain, whose website clearly lists his stand on the 2nd Amendment. In short, John McCain strongly supports American’s First Freedom.

As an aside, contrast Obama’s policy page with John McCain’s. McCain’s page is full of specifics, whereas Obama’s page has lots of words but says almost nothing. After reading Obama’s page, other than getting an uneasy feeling about his socialist leanings, I found few specifics to evaluate as potential policy. What is Obama hiding? Lots, as we’ll see in microcosm here.

Back to the 2nd Amendment. Obama has a long track record of opposing Americans’ 2nd Amendment civil rights. Since some will be suspicious that the following list was compiled by the NRA, I encourage you to read the background material so that you’ll know that the list is 100% factually accurate. My added comments are in the square brackets []:

FACT: Barack Obama opposes four of the five Supreme Court justices who affirmed an individual right to keep and bear arms. He voted against the confirmation of Alito and Roberts and he has stated he would not have appointed Thomas or Scalia. (United States Senate vote 245, September 29, 2005 and vote 2, January 31, 2006 and Saddleback Forum, August 16, 2008.) [This will be another litmus test for Obama’s Supreme Court appointments in addition to a willingness to rewrite the Constitution to allow/require wealth redistribution. He’ll also want them to rule the 2nd Amendment out of existence.]

FACT: Barack Obama voted for an Illinois State Senate bill to ban and confiscate “assault weapons,” but the bill was so poorly crafted, it would have also banned most semi-auto and single and double barrel shotguns commonly used by sportsmen. (Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, March 13, 2003. To see the vote tally go to: http://www.nrapvf.org/Media/pdf/sb1195_obama.pdf.) [Of course, so-called civilian “assault weapons” don’t meet any military definition because they aren’t fully automatic. The whole sickening myth of “assault weapons” turns intelligent brains to mush. The average American cannot own a fully automatic firearm without a special license, period. Remember Hitler’s rule – tell a big enough lie long enough and people will start to believe it.]

FACT: Barack Obama voted to allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt the firearms industry. (United States Senate, S. 397, vote number 219, July 29, 2005. (http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00219)) [A gutless, backdoor way to ban firearms and deprive Americans of their First Freedom. Imaging suing all auto manufacturers because some people drive drunk. Make sense? Neither does suing any manufacturer of a legal product because a very few misuse the product.]

FACT: Barack Obama wants to re-impose the failed and discredited Clinton Gun Ban. (Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes (http://www.ontheissues.org/2008/Barack_Obama_Gun_Control.htm and http://www.ontheissues.org/IL_2004_Senate_3rd.htm) Oct 21, 2004.) [Although the Clinton Gun Ban made liberals happy, it utterly failed in its purported purpose of reducing crime. What did reduce crime was 38 stated passing “must issue” concealed carry laws which liberal oppose. These laws restored ordinary citizens’ God-given right to self-defense.]

FACT: Barack Obama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting. (United States Senate, S. 397, vote number 217, Kennedy amendment July 29, 2005. (http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00217)) [The myth of magic, Teflon, and protective vest penetrating civilian ammo is another lie that turns the brain to mush. Any normal hunting rifle ammo will penetrate a vest designed to stop pistol ammo. That’s just physics and there’s no way around it short of extremely heavy and expensive military plates. This is just another backdoor to banning all firearms.]

FACT: Barack Obama has endorsed a 500% increase in the federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition. (“Obama and Gun Control,” The Volokh Conspiracy, taken from the Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999. (http://www.volokh.com/posts/1203389334.shtml)) [Another backdoor to take away our 2nd Amendment rights, especially from the poor.]

FACT: Barack Obama has endorsed a complete ban on handgun ownership. (Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization general candidate questionnaire, Sept. 9, 1996. The responses on this survey were described in “Obama had greater role on liberal survey,” Politico, March 31, 2008. (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9269.html)) [Handguns, of course, are the #1 tool for home defense. They even the odds for women, small men, and the disabled against violent attackers. Take away handguns, you take away the common man’s/woman’s means to protect their families. Cities that ban or make handgun ownership difficult have the highest crime rates, especially robberies and home invasions, in the country. This has been the uniform experience around the world. It is also unconstitutional.]

FACT: Barack Obama supports local gun bans in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities. (David Wright, Ursula Fahy and Sunlen Miller, “Obama: ‘Common Sense Regulation’ On Gun Owners’ Rights,” ABC News’ “Political Radar” Blog, http://blogs.abcnews.com, 2/15/08. (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/02/obama-common-se.html)) [Besides being unconstitutional, this is the single best way to create safe work zones for murderers, rapists, robbers, home invaders, etc., at the expense of law-abiding citizens. Why is Obama on the side of criminals? The alternative to an armed citizenry that can defend itself is a nanny police state that tramples everyone’s privacy and rights.]

FACT: Barack Obama voted to uphold local gun bans and the criminal prosecution of people
who use firearms in self-defense. (Illinois Senate, SB 2165, March 25, 2004, vote 20 and May 25, 2004, vote 3.) [The right to self-defense is acknowledged by the Constitution and granted by God himself in the Bible. Again, this gives violent criminals free reign over law-abiding families. Just ask the British, Aussies, etc.]

FACT: Barack Obama supports gun owner licensing and gun registration. (“Fact Check: No News In Obama’s Consistent Record.” Obama ’08, December 11, 2007. (http://www.barackobama.com/factcheck/2007/12/11/fact_check_no_news_in_obamas_c.php)) [Historically, registration and licensing is always the first step in confiscation. Confiscation always precedes genocide. Check out the JPFO site for the historical record.]

FACT: Barack Obama refused to sign a friend-of-the-court Brief in support of individual Second Amendment rights in the Heller case. [Another concrete indication of Obama’s contempt for citizens’ right to protect themselves and their families from violent criminals.]

FACT: Barack Obama opposes Right to Carry laws. (“Candidates’ gun control positions may figure in Pa. vote,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, April 2, 2008, and “Keyes, Obama Are Far Apart On Guns,” Chicago Tribune, 9/15/04. (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_560181.html)) [Right to Carry laws have resulted in dramatic drops in crime rates in 38 states. Again, they acknowledge our God-given right to defend ourselves and our families from violent criminals. Why does Obama think that we should be prey for violent predators? Even intelligent homosexuals realize their need for firearms for their defense.]

FACT: Barack Obama was a member of the Board of Directors of the Joyce Foundation, the leading source of funds for anti-gun organizations and “research.” (1998 Joyce Foundation Annual Report, p. 7.) [Speaks volumes about Obama’s contempt for Americans’ civil rights under the 2nd Amendment.]

FACT: Barack Obama supported a proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles of a school or park, which would eliminate almost every gun store in America. (“Obama and Gun Control,” The Volokh Conspiracy, taken from the Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999. (http://www.volokh.com/posts/1203389334.shtml)) [Yet another cowardly backdoor way to deprive American’s of their 2nd Amendment civil rights.]

FACT: Barack Obama voted not to notify gun owners when the state of Illinois did records searches on them. (Illinois Senate, May 5, 2002, SB 1936 Con., vote 26.) [No socialist wants Americans to know when their privacy is invaded. Socialism depends on police state tactics to survive. This isn’t Cuba or Communist China…yet.]

FACT: Barack Obama voted against a measure to lower the Firearms Owners Identification card age minimum from 21 to 18, a measure designed to assist young people in the military. (Illinois Senate, March 25, 2003, SB 2163, vote 18.) [So, young soldiers/sailors/Marines/airmen are mature enough to carry heavy, medium, and light machine guns and fully automatic infantry weapons in war, sometimes giving their lives in war, but not mature enough to own their own hunting or target rifles? Another example of Obama’s contempt for the military and his young supporters.]

FACT: Barack Obama favors a ban on standard capacity magazines. (“Clinton, Edwards, Obama on gun control,” Radio Iowa, Sunday, April 22, 2007. (http://learfield.typepad.com/radioiowa/2007/04/clinton_edwards.html)) [Yet another cowardly backdoor approach to denying 2nd Amendment civil rights. Magazine capacity has no relation to crime, but do affect a citizen’s ability to defend their families against multiple violent attackers. Almost all home invasions fall into that category. If the Right to Carry were universal in the US, magazine capacity would cease to be an issue at all as every American would have the ability to stop an attack on the spot. It works in 38 free states.]

FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory micro-stamping. (Chicago Tribune blogs, “Barack Obama: NIU Shootings call for action,” February 15, 2008, (http://blogs.trb.com/news/politics/blog/2008/02/barack_obama_comments_on_shoot.html)) [Micro-stamping has never solved a single crime. All it takes is a simple metal file to defeat it. Every study done to date has said that the system is unworkable and prohibitively expensive. This is yet another backdoor way to deny American’s their 2nd Amendment civil rights.]

FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory waiting periods. (Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization general candidate questionnaire, Sept. 9, 1996. The responses on this survey were described in “Obama had greater role on liberal survey,” Politico, March 31, 2008. (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9269.html)) [These waiting periods have never been shown to have any beneficial effect on crime. On the other hand, they make it impossible for victims of stalking or domestic violence to arm themselves for protection before they can be victimized. Whose side is Obama on?]

FACT: Barack Obama supports repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment, which prohibits information on gun traces collected by the BATFE from being used in reckless lawsuits against firearm dealers and manufacturers. (Barack Obama campaign website: “As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment . . .” (http://www.barackobama.com/issues/urbanpolicy/#crime-and-law-enforcement.)) [Another gutless, backdoor way to ban firearms and deprive Americans of their First Freedom. Imaging suing all auto manufacturers because some people drive drunk. Make sense? Neither does suing any manufacturer of a legal product because a very few misuse the product. Plus, this represents a gross violation of personal privacy. That’s not a problem, though, for liberal like Obama’s supporters who pulled government records in attempts to find embarrassing information on Joe the Plumber. Opposition is not tolerated.]

FACT: Barack Obama supports one-gun-a-month handgun purchase restrictions. (Illinois Senate, May 16, 2003, HB 2579, vote 34.) [There’s no support in fact for these limits. They have no favorable effect on crime, but they do violate citizens’ civil rights under the 2nd Amendment. Imagine such limits on any other legal product.]

FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on inexpensive handguns. (“Obama and Gun Control,” The Volokh Conspiracy, taken from the Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999. (http://www.volokh.com/posts/1203389334.shtml)) [So, only the rich can own firearms? How does that square with his socialist policies that supposedly help the poor? I guess they shouldn’t have the right to defend their families in Obama’s nanny state.]

FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on the resale of police issued firearms, even if the money is going to police departments for replacement equipment. (“Obama and Gun Control,” The Volokh Conspiracy, taken from the Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999. (http://www.volokh.com/posts/1203389334.shtml)) [These resales provide an important source of income for police departments, help lower local taxes, and also provide a good source of quality firearms for people with lower incomes. These resales do not increase crime whatsoever. Obama’s ban makes no sense at all, other than to increase local taxes and deny the poor access to the means to defend their families.]

FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory firearm training requirements for all gun owners and a ban on gun ownership for persons under the age of 21. (“Obama and Gun Control,” The Volokh Conspiracy, taken from the Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999. (http://www.volokh.com/posts/1203389334.shtml)) [I covered the age issue above. Almost all firearm crimes by those younger than 21 are gang related, and no law will stop that. Gangs spit on the law. The training issue is just a backdoor to registration and/or licensing which I covered above. Almost all firearm training occurs in family units out of sight of the government, as it should be. This whole concept is yet another way to limit or deny Americans’ civil rights under the 2nd Amendment.]

So, does it sound like Obama has a track record of supporting your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms? Not even close. Firearms are used about 2.5 million times a year in self/family defense. You can read about some of them at the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog. Liberal elitists like Obama and Biden never think that the ordinary citizen can act responsibly without government oversight or control. Every day, 260 million firearms and their owners don’t kill or hurt anyone, but as I said above, 2.5 million times annually they are used to protect individuals families. Gun contollers hate those kinds of facts. And speaking of facts, there are some great summaries at this site which talk about citizen self-defense, crime, and gun control.

I also have a thought for those who maybe don’t wish to own or use firearms, as is their right, and perhaps don’t see the need or wisdom of the 2nd Amendment. Please consider this: What if the government were to treat the 1st Amendment like the 2nd? Instead of “common sense gun control” it was “common sense speech control” or “common sense press control”? After all, improper speech or irresponsible press reports could cause more harm than good. The government must protect the interests of the state for your safely. That’s why we call the 2nd Amendment our First Freedom – it is the one freedom that guarantees all the rest.

Impossible, can’t happen? Ever read Animal Farm by George Orwell? It was based on the rise of communism in Russia. Although allegorized, it presents a fairly accurate flow of events, especially related to civil rights. The point is that a government that can take away your right to keep and bear arms though the right is immortalized in the Bill of Rights can also take away any other right it so desires by the exact same process. That’s what the so-called Fairness Doctrine, the unconstitutional idea of “separation of church and state”, the concept of “hate speech” are all about. In those laws or proposals, the government is limiting the press’ freedom, the churches’ rights, and your free speech rights. If you see civil rights as government granted freedoms rather than government acknowledged God-given freedoms, then know that a government powerful enough to grant such freedoms is also powerful enough to take them away. Don’t say that it cannot happen here. History says that the last 250 years in America are an anomaly in about 10,000 years of recorded history. History didn’t start the day you were born.

Our forefathers knew the value of owning firearms both for personal protection and to oppose tyrants. They immortalized that civil right in the Constitution. Hopefully we have not forgotten the lessons for which they paid with their blood and treasure. On March 5, 1788, the Freeman’s Journal of Philadelphia wrote these very wise words:

The freemen of America will remember, that it is very easy to change a free government into an arbitrary, despotic, or military one: but it is very difficult, almost impossible to reverse the matter – very difficult to regain freedom once lost. [Emphasis in original.]

Fear the government that fears your guns. Vote for Freedom, reject the tyranny of socialism.

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  1. […] also said that he supported the 2nd Amendment last night. I posted on that in depth before, plus the Washington Times has a great analysis in Obama and Guns. Obama actively furthered […]

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  3. […] he’s flat out lying. He will apparently say whatever he thinks that it takes to get elected. I have posted previously on Obama’s consistent opposition to Americans’ 2nd Amendment civil rights. The above […]


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