Obama admitted in a Feb. 11, 2008, interview that he supported the handgun ban, and that it was “constitutional.” On June 26, he said he agreed with the Court’s decision, but added that the right to bear arms is subject to “reasonable regulations.” He never “explained” how an absolute ban on handguns is “reasonable,” or how he can agree with the ruling, which said it was unreasonable. Obama’s inconsistencies are numerous, as John R. Lott Jr has noted.
Obama continued to duck and cover by talking about getting illegal guns off the streets, background checks for children and the mentally ill, and attacking the NRA.
Since his election, finding mention of the Second Amendment on the White House Web site takes about as long as getting to the front of the line at a gun store. What is on the site could be engraved on a .22 shell casing.
WH: The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms. [Emphasis added.]
It’s far from the high caliber opinion of the Court or those of the Founders who fought for and secured the right:
Despite the Heller ruling and his professed regard for the Amendment, Obama will push legislation to make possession and purchase of guns and ammunition as burdensome as the constitutionally comatose congressional majority will enact.
We should heed the warning of James Madison, “Father of the Constitution”:
“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.”
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