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Obama Is Anti-Gun
Obama has been embracing anti-gun policies in the run-up to a Democratic presidential debate scheduled on the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings.

"I am not in favor of concealed weapons," Obama told the Pittsburgh Tribune.  "I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations."

These remarks break from Obama’s previous moderate rhetoric on gun control.

While campaigning in Idaho in February, Obama promised, "I have no intention of taking away folks’ guns."  This statement is a bald-faced lie.  Obama favors complete ban of handguns (except for the Black Panthers).

Obama’s presidential campaign has worked to assure uneasy gun owners that he believes the Constitution protects their rights and that he doesn’t want to take away their guns.

But before he became a national political figure, he sat on the board of the Joyce Foundation, a Chicago-based foundation that doled out at least nine grants totaling nearly $2.7 million to groups that advocated the opposite positions.

The foundation funded legal scholarship advancing the theory that the Second Amendment does not protect individual gun owners’ rights, as well as two groups that advocated handgun bans.  And it paid to support a book called "Every Handgun Is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns."
Obama Wants Cling-Free Citizens

     


On the Right to Keep and Bear Arms  (01:28)

Obama's 5 Mile Ban
Obama's proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles of a school.

"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." is more than just a little exaggeration.
Obama's Against Self Defense
Barack Obama voted four times to allow criminal charges against homeowners who defend their person and home with a gun.

Despite Obama's propensity to say and do anything to get elected, Obama's record does not match his rhetoric.

In fact, Barack Obama specifically voted four times in the Illinois Legislature to allow criminal charges against a homeowner who used a firearm in self-defense of their person and home -- specifically what the Supreme Court says is a constitutional right. Obama may say he supports it, but his record says exactly the opposite.
Obama On Constraints
Obama said this during an April 17th debate:

"I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

Here's a few examples -- make up your own:

"Just because you have an individual right [to free speech] does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

"Just because you have an individual right [not to be searched unreasonably] does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

"Just because you have an individual right [to freely exercise religion] does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

"Just because you have an individual right [to an abortion] does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

"Just because you have an individual right [to bear arms] does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right."

Does anyone else find this disturbing?
"One Of The Most Blatant Lies Ever To Come From A Politician's Mouth"
... is how the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) is characterizing a recent statement by U.S. Senator Barack Obama.  Speaking in the latest issue of "Field & Stream," Obama claims that Illinois sportsmen know him as an advocate for their rights. On the contrary, Obama's voting record while a state senator clearly indicates that he has nothing but contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner.

"Any sportsman who counts Barack Obama as one of his friends is seriously confused," said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson.  "Throughout his tenure in the Illinois Senate, Obama served as one of the most loyal foot soldiers in Mayor Daley's campaign to abolish civilian firearm ownership.  While a state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would ban and forcibly confiscate nearly every shotgun, target rifle and hunting rifle in the state.  Obama also voted for bills that would ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen could own, yet give a pass to the violent thugs who roam our streets.  And, inexplicably, Obama voted four times against legislation that would allow citizens to use firearms to defend their homes and families."

"Let us also not forget that Obama served as a director of the Joyce Foundation," continued Pearson.  "While on the Joyce Foundation board, Obama funneled tens of millions of dollars to radical gun control organizations such as the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Violence Policy Center."

"If Senator Obama considers his legislative record and his philanthropic endeavors to be acts of advocacy on behalf of sportsmen's rights, then I submit that the Senator is seriously confused as well," asserted Pearson.

"Nobody knows Obama's record on guns better than I do, and it's rotten to the core," said Pearson.  "I've been involved in Illinois politics nearly as long as Obama has been alive.  In that time, I have never encountered a legislator who was more hostile towards or more disinterested in sportsmen's rights than Barack Obama."

While a state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would ban and forcibly confiscate nearly every shotgun, target rifle and hunting rifle in the state.  Obama also voted for bills that would ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen could own, yet give a pass to the violent thugs who roam our streets.  And, inexplicably, Obama voted four times against legislation that would allow citizens to use firearms to defend their homes and families.
Kagan's Threat To Gun Owners
The Washington Times says the nominee has a past that is opposed to individual self-defense.

Obama poses a real and present danger to the Second Amendment, and he's working to pack the Supreme Court with justices who will undermine Americans' gun rights.

Obama didn't fess up to this radical agenda when running for the highest office in the land.  "I have said consistently that I believe that the Second Amendment is an individual right, and that was the essential decision that the Supreme Court came down on," Obama told Fox News in June 2008.  Despite the campaign rhetoric, Obama is appointing judges who strongly oppose that position.  The most recent pick, Elena Kagan, ran much of Clinton's war on guns from 1995 to 1999.

When Kagan served as Clinton's deputy domestic policy adviser, she was a feverish proponent of gun control.  From gunlock mandates to gun-show regulations, she was instrumental in pushing anti-gun policies, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Every court nomination counts.  Two years ago, the Supreme Court barely mustered a narrow 5-4 majority to strike down the extreme District of Columbia gun ban.  Should Justice Anthony Kennedy or one of the four more conservative justices retire or die while Obama is in office, the high court likely will undo such narrow victories for the Second Amendment.  While Kagan was nominated to replace the liberal Justice John Paul Stevens, and thus won't swing the court in a new direction, her being there will necessitate that gun owners concentrate more than ever on fighting outright gun bans.

Kagan's defenders acknowledge her liberal political views but claim that as a judge, the former Harvard Law School dean will somehow manage to separate her judgments from her political opinions.  The hitch is that her legal views correspond with her political views.  When Kagan clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall, she wrote, "I'm not sympathetic" to the claim that "the District of Columbia's firearms statutes violate [an individual's] constitutional right to 'keep and bear Arms.'"

Her memos to Justice Marshall foreshadow an activist judge who wouldn't hesitate to fall back on her own personal views to override policy decisions made by elected officials.  She clearly counseled Justice Marshall on how he should rule based upon whether she thought policies made "sense."  Take her advice in the case of Robertson v. Methow Valley Citizens Council, in which an appeals court stopped federal agencies from issuing a permit to build a ski lodge in a national forest.  Kagan might feel that stopping ski resorts from such building makes "policy sense," but that isn't the job of a judge.

Kagan is Justice Sonia Sotomayor's soul sister when it comes to gun control.  Last year, during her confirmation hearings, Sotomayor insisted the Supreme Court had never found that an individual right to self-defense exists.  Two of Justice Sotomayor's own appeals court decisions came to the same conclusion.  One ruling denied there is an individual right to self-defense.  In another case, even after the Supreme Court struck down the District's gun ban, Judge Sotomayor opined that any restrictions on self-defense would pass constitutional muster so long as politicians who passed it said they had a good reason.

Senators must realize that a vote for Kagan for the Supreme Court is another vote against gun rights.
Gun Rights Extended By Supreme Court
The Washington Post is reporting The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled that some limitations on the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" could survive legal challenges.

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the court, said that the Second Amendment right "applies equally to the federal government and the states."

The court was split along familiar ideological lines, with five conservative-moderate justices in favor of gun rights and four liberals opposed. Chief Justice Roberts voted with the majority.

Two years ago, the court declared that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess guns, at least for purposes of self-defense in the home.

That ruling applied only to federal laws.  It struck down a ban on handguns and a trigger lock requirement for other guns in the District of Columbia, a federal city with unique legal standing.  At the same time, the court was careful not to cast doubt on other regulations of firearms here.

Gun rights proponents almost immediately filed a federal lawsuit challenging gun control laws in Chicago and its suburb of Oak Park, Ill, where handguns have been banned for nearly 30 years.  The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says those laws appear to be the last two remaining outright bans.

Lower federal courts upheld the two laws, noting that judges on those benches were bound by Supreme Court precedent and that it would be up to the high court justices to ultimately rule on the true reach of the Second Amendment.

The Supreme Court already has said that most of the guarantees in the Bill of Rights serve as a check on state and local, as well as federal, laws.

Continue reading here . . .
Gun Rights Extended By Supreme Court
The Washington Post is reporting The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled that some limitations on the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" could survive legal challenges.
Obama Advocates For "Common Sense" Gun Control
Matt Schneider says, that on a smaller platform than some may have hoped, Obama wrote an op-ed in today’s Arizona Daily Star launching his intention to tackle serious and "common sense" gun control.  Two months after the Tucson, Arizona shooting tragedy, Obama seems to be searching for middle ground on the issue in an effort to protect "our children’s futures."

Obama first reaffirmed he has no intention of confiscating guns, calling for more stringent enforcement of existing gun laws, citing the "awful consequences" of gun violence in American society.

Obama says legislation to bolster criminal background checks for gun buyers hasn't been properly implemented, with too many states providing "incomplete and inadequate" information.  He says the system needs to be "faster and nimbler" so it works for gun sellers and "criminals can't escape it."
   

Now, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. . . . And, in fact, my administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners -- it has expanded them, including allowing people to carry their guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

    
And Obama discussed his awareness of how difficult it will be to approach an issue that both sides feel so passionately about:
    

I know that every time we try to talk about guns, it can reinforce stark divides.  People shout at one another, which makes it impossible to listen.  We mire ourselves in stalemate, which makes it impossible to get to where we need to go as a country.

    
Then Obama outlined a few practical beginning steps, including "enforcing laws that are already on the books," strengthening the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, rewarding states that provide the best data, and making the background check system "faster and nimbler" so that criminals can’t escape it.

Concluding, Obama stated, "I want this to at least be the beginning of a new discussion on how we can keep America safe for all our people."  Given that NRA supporters often fear any increased federal gun control legislation could be a slippery slope towards greater restrictions in the future, and given that anti-gun activists will likely think Obama’s first steps here don’t go far enough, it’s likely many will be eager to participate in the "new discussion" Obama is starting.

Obama says one thing, but . . .
    

"One of the most blatant lies ever to come from a politician's mouth," is how the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) characterized a statement by U.S. Senator Barack Obama.  Speaking in the latest issue of "Field & Stream," Obama claims that Illinois sportsmen know him as an advocate for their rights.  On the contrary, Obama's voting record while a state senator clearly indicates that he has nothing but contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner.

"Any sportsman who counts Barack Obama as one of his friends is seriously confused," said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson.  "Throughout his tenure in the Illinois Senate, Obama served as one of the most loyal foot soldiers in Mayor Daley's campaign to abolish civilian firearm ownership.  While a state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would ban and forcibly confiscate nearly every shotgun, target rifle and hunting rifle in the state.  Obama also voted for bills that would ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen could own, yet give a pass to the violent thugs who roam our streets.  And, inexplicably, Obama voted four times against legislation that would allow citizens to use firearms to defend their homes and families."

"Let us also not forget that Obama served as a director of the Joyce Foundation," continued Pearson.  "While on the Joyce Foundation board, Obama funneled tens of millions of dollars to radical gun control organizations such as the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Violence Policy Center."

"If Senator Obama considers his legislative record and his philanthropic endeavors to be acts of advocacy on behalf of sportsmen's rights, then I submit that the Senator is seriously confused as well," asserted Pearson.

"Nobody knows Obama's record on guns better than I do, and it's rotten to the core," said Pearson.  "I've been involved in Illinois politics nearly as long as Obama has been alive.  In that time, I have never encountered a legislator who was more hostile towards or more disinterested in sportsmen's rights than Barack Obama."

    
While a state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would ban and forcibly confiscate nearly every shotgun, target rifle and hunting rifle in the state.  Obama also voted for bills that would ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen could own, yet give a pass to the violent thugs who roam our streets.  And, inexplicably, Obama specifically voted four times against legislation that would allow citizens to use firearms to defend their homes and families -- specifically what the Supreme Court says is a constitutional right. 

Obama may say he supports your right to keep and bear arms, but his record says exactly the opposite.
Obama Plans Changes To Gun Policy
Sam Stein says the Obama administration has conducted informal discussions with groups from both ends of the gun-policy spectrum, including law enforcement and gun-rights organizations, and is set to hold formal meetings as early as this week in an effort to chart out a set of new firearms policies, administration officials say.

Spearheaded by the Department of Justice, the talks were described by one individual involved in the discussions as a "feeling-out process."  With more official meetings set to begin shortly, they provide the clearest indication to date that the White House is readying a response to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 others at Tucson in early January.

"As the president said, we should focus on sound, effective steps that will keep guns out of the hands of the criminals, fugitives, people with serious mental illness, and others who have no business possessing a gun and who are prohibited by laws on the books from owning a gun," Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said.  "We will be meeting with stakeholders on all sides of the issue to discuss how we can find sensible, intelligent ways to make the country safer."

The goal is to finalize a set of policy changes, including, perhaps, legislation that could pass through a Congress hostile to abridgments of Second Amendment rights.  The last serious bite at the apple occurred following the shootings at Virginia Tech in April 2007.

In a Sunday op-ed for the Arizona Daily Star, President Barack Obama called for a three-pronged approach: enforcing the laws already on the books, including the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; pushing for greater state-to-state coordination; and expediting background checks and the release of relevant data.

The NRA response To Obama's op-ed on gun laws:
    

On Sunday, March 13, the Arizona Star published an op-ed from President Barack Obama that discussed his belief that we should seek "agreement on gun reforms."

Those "agreements" would almost certainly include new restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of the American people that are unneeded and unacceptable for law-abiding gun owners.

    
It's interesting that Obama didn't ready a response to the murder of 13 and the wounding of 30 others at Fort Hood, but that terror attack doesn't fit Obama's narrative.
Obama Looking For Ways Around Congress On Gun Policy
Faced with a Congress hostile to even slight restrictions of Second Amendment rights, the Obama administration is exploring potential changes to gun laws that can be secured strictly through executive action, administration officials say.

The Department of Justice held the first in what is expected to be a series of meetings on Tuesday afternoon with a group of stakeholders in the ongoing gun-policy debates.  Before the meeting, officials said part of the discussion was expected to center around the White House's options for shaping policy on its own or through its adjoining agencies and departments -- on issues ranging from beefing up background checks to encouraging better data-sharing.

Administration officials said talk of executive orders or agency action are among a host of options that Barack Obama and his advisers are considering. "The purpose of these discussions is to be a productive exchange of good ideas from folks across the spectrum," one official said. "We think that’s a good place to start."

Earlier in the day, House Democrats joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to offer another possible starting point, announcing legislation that would make fundamental changes to the nation’s gun background check system.  Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), a longtime gun control advocate, the bill mirrors one introduced late last month by another New York Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer.

"Too often, any serious discussion about guns devolves into ideological arguments that have nothing to do with the real problem," Bloomberg, a co-founder of the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told reporters at a press event outside the Capitol.  "Our coalition strongly believes in the Second Amendment.  We also know from experience that we can keep guns away from dangerous people without imposing burdens on law-abiding gun owners."

For gun control advocates, however, executive action remains a more promising -- albeit more limited -- vehicle for reform than Congress.  On Monday, The Huffington Post first reported that the Justice Department was convening meetings with groups from across the ideological spectrum in an effort to chart potential policy changes to Second Amendment law.

[ ... snip ... ]

"We need tougher laws, but there’s a lot we can and should be doing to enforce the laws we have," said Mark Glaze, the executive director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.  "Sometimes it’s a question of manpower and money, but in many cases it’s just a question of political will.  We think the president knows that and is getting there."

The extent to which Obama can change gun law without the hand of Congress is not, gun control activists say, wholly insignificant.  Though they say they'd prefer longer-lasting, broader legislative responses to shootings like that which occurred in Tucson, Ariz., in early January, there are notable gaps that can be filled with presidential action.

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What that official meant was, a productive exchange of good ideas from folks across the "anti-gun and gun control' spectrum.
"Under The Radar"
David Codrea is reporting that anti-gun activist Sarah Brady claims Barack Obama is committed to stealth gun control according to a report in The Washington Post.

Recounting a March 30 meeting between Brady, her husband Jim and White House Press secretary Jay Carney, The Post reports:
    

During the meeting, Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, "to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda," she said.

"I just want you to know that we are working on it," Brady recalled Obama telling them.  "We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."

    
Among the measures discussed:
    

[H]ow records get into the system and what can be done about firearms retailers.  Her husband specifically brought up the proposed ban on large magazine clips…

    
While Brady reports Obama "just laughed," she also expressed "absolute confidence that the president was committed to regulation."

That Obama is coyly discussing "processes…under the radar" directly contradicts a campaign pledge further documented via an official White House memorandum:
    

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.  Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

    
There is nothing transparent, open or participatory about maneuvers to exercise control over unalienable rights.  The entire purpose of being "under the radar" is to escape detection.

For the administration to continue an "under the radar" gun policy points to directed practices very different from its public promises.  But it does give insight into how another stealth program, "Project Gunwalker," was allowed and encouraged, and why accusations of stonewalling continue to be made by both Senate and House investigators.

When Barack Obama claimed that Illinois sportsmen know him as an advocate for their rights, the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) released the following statement:
    

"One of the most blatant lies ever to come from a politician's mouth.  Any sportsman who counts Barack Obama as one of his friends is seriously confused."

"Throughout his tenure in the Illinois Senate, Obama served as one of the most loyal foot soldiers in Mayor Daley's campaign to abolish civilian firearm ownership. While a state senator, Obama voted for legislation that would ban and forcibly confiscate nearly every shotgun, target rifle and unting rifle in the state. Obama also voted for bills that would ration the number of firearms a law-abiding citizen could own, yet give a pass to the violent thugs who roam our streets. And, inexplicably, Obama voted four times against legislation that would allow citizens to use firearms to defend their homes and families."

"Let us also not forget that Obama served as a director of the Joyce Foundation While on the Joyce Foundation board, Obama funneled tens of millions of dollars to radical gun control organizations such as the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Violence Policy Center."

    
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Barack Obama specifically voted four times in the Illinois Legislature to allow criminal charges against a homeowner who used a firearm in self-defense of their person and home -- specifically what the Supreme Court says is a constitutional right.  Obama may say he supports the 2nd Amendment, but he's lying (again) -- his record says exactly the opposite.
Obama:  We're Working on Gun Control "Under the Radar"
Fox Nation is reporting that On March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady, who sustained a debilitating head wound in the attack, and his wife, Sarah, came to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on the controversial "large magazines." Brady, for whom the law requiring background checks on handgun purchasers is named, then met with White House press secretary Jay Carney.  During the meeting, Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, "to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda," she said.

"I just want you to know that we are working on it," Brady recalled Obama telling them. "We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."

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More Obama Attacks On The 2nd Amendment

In March 2003, Obama voted in the Illinois state Senate to ban semiautomatic rifles.

   

However, Obama voted for legislation in the state Senate in 2004 to allow retired police officers to carry concealed weapons, The Chicago Tribune reported on April 27, 2004, when Obama was running for the U.S. Senate. The article also reported that critics charged Obama with seeking the favor of the Fraternal Order of Police at a time when he was running for statewide office.

   

Obama explained in the 2004 Tribune article, “I didn't find that [vote] surprising. I mean, I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry. This was a narrow exception in an exceptional circumstance where a retired police officer might find himself vulnerable as a consequence of the work he had previously done--and had been trained extensively in the proper use of firearms.”

   

Bob Unruh is reporting that In July 2005, as a U.S. senator, Obama voted against a bill prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers that would potentially hold the companies liable for violence committed by the guns.

  

During the Democratic presidential primary of 2008, Obama said, “There is an individual right to bear arms. But it’s subject to common-sense regulation, just like most of our rights are subject to common-sense regulations,” the Chicago Tribune reported on Feb. 16, 2008.

   

In April 2009, a few months after becoming president, Obama said during a joint press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, “I continue to believe that we can respect and honor the Second Amendment right in our Constitution -- the rights of sportsmen and hunters and homeowners that want to keep their families safe -- to lawfully bear arms, while dealing with assault weapons that, as we know here in Mexico, are used to fuel violence.”

After the Tucson, Ariz. shooting in early 2011, The Arizona Daily Star published a commentary by Obama that called for gun reforms. “First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are already on the books,” it stated. “Second, we should in fact reward the states that provide the best data - and therefore do the most to protect our citizens. Third, we should make the system faster and nimbler.”

   

After the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting in July 2012, Obama said, “I believe the majority of gun owners would agree that we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons. We should check someone’s criminal record before they can check out a gun seller.”

During the debate at Hofstra University, Obama made one of his strongest pronouncements in favor of gun control since becoming president.

   

“What I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally,” Obama said. “Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced, but part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence -- because, frankly, in my hometown of Chicago there’s an awful lot of violence, and they’re not using AK-47s, they’re using cheap handguns.”

 

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