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Bill Clinton Cautions Obama: Do Not Patronize Gun Owners

South Side Of Chicago Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 3:42 PM
Look at what was proposed to what has been actually advanced. There isn't threat of a "gun grab." If there was, I would oppose it. I do think that outlawing certain weapons that have been used most often in spree killings does not violate rights. There are enough other weapons that will remain legal, not to mention grandfathering in existing weapons, to ensure the right to bare arms will remain intact. The same goes for limiting magazine capacity and universal background checks. These are reasonable reforms that won't stop massacres, but will reduce their likelihood over time.

Former President Bill Clinton, who suffered significant political damage after signing into law the original assault weapons ban, is cautioning President Obama against patronizing his gun control opponents, in particular gun owners.

Appearing before Obama's National Finance Committee and various business leaders, Clinton stressed that guns present different cultural complexities than other political issues.

"Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them," he said, according to Politico.

Clinton's words are wise, but it may be too late. The Obama campaign team has already