Barack Obama was campaigning in my home state in September of 2008 when the president, according to multiple reports and a YouTube clip, said this at a rally in Lebanon, Virginia to a large group of country sportsmen:
“I just want to be absolutely clear, alright? So, I don’t want any misunderstanding when y’all go home and you’re talking to your buddies and say, ‘Ah, he wants to take my gun away.’ You’ve heard it here. I’m on television, so everybody knows it. I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe in people’s right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away.”
What a con. What a phony. Obama doesn’t have the power to take guns away from those Virginia sportsmen or any other Americans. Any kind of drastic re-jiggering of gun rights is the purview of the Congress and they guard it jealously, maintaining strong limits on any Obama “Executive Orders.” And the Supreme Court has reaffirmed the meaning of the Second Amendment.
The aggressive actions that can actually be taken by Obama and Biden, the windbag running the White House gun control “task force,” are very limited, though the administration is trying to find ways to makes anti-gun moves without Congressional approval.
If you believe that what Obama said in Virginia is what he believes you must be among those very naive (or stupid) voters afflicted by the new American disease known as IDD, information-deficit disorder, who have supported one of the most manipulative and dishonest presidents ever elected in this country — and one of the most ego-maniacal.
Have you noticed how “I” is woven into almost every sentence Obama utters. An example above: “I won’t take away your …” He can’t even if he wants to, which he likely does. A citizen’s possession of firearms is protected by the Second Amendment and any serious restrictions on that constitutional right would be the domain of the congress — not Obama.
President Obama is a genuinely slippery operator. Did you know he voted against a law allowing Illinois citizens the right to use a legal handgun to defend themselves from attack in their own homes?
As Keith Koffler wrote in his informed blog, White House Dossier, Obama’s vote would have maintained the lunatic status quo, which made it a violation of an Illinois gun ban law to use a firearm to protect your own life or that of your family in your own home. Such Democrat Party fascism.
The bill passed despite Obama joining hands with hard-leftist Democrats to kill it.
The remedial Illinois legislation that Koffler cited and that Obama opposed passed after public outrage over a man who shot a burglar in his home and was fined $750 for violating a handgun ban.
Eight years before, Obama answered “Yes” when asked by written survey whether he would support a state law totally banning “the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.”
Later, an Obama presidential campaign spokesman claimed the form had been filled out by an aide who misrepresented Obama’s position. As Koffler pointed out, Barack Obama’s handwriting was found on the same survey.
I own a couple of Ruger shotguns that I use for bird shooting. Ruger is a good company, responsible and well run. I know this because my longtime friend Gen. P.X. Kelley, retired commandant of U.S. Marines, was on their corporate board and was my shooting partner for pheasants and turkeys many times at the old Woodmont Rod and Gun Club in Hancock, Maryland, sporting home of six U.S. presidents.
Ruger describes itself as the “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens.” This is not just a slogan; it is genuine recognition that millions of law-abiding citizens use their firearms safely and responsibly every day.
In an email to me, Ruger said about those law-abiding folks. They are “mechanics, doctors, teachers, police officers, firemen, nurses, factory workers and every other occupation you can name. We are a vast and too-often silent majority … and our rights are under attack.
Given the forces assembling against us, merely relying upon lobbying efforts is insufficient. Law-abiding firearms owners must stand up and be heard. This affects all of us, so we cannot stand idly by and rely upon others to fight on our behalf. Too much is at stake.
I suggest you visit Ruger’s Protect Your Rights web page to learn more about how you can take action and be clearly heard.
What Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote and said about this issue is also worth remembering: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal Sovereignty … it is the lynchpin of resistance to tyranny.”
This issue is about personal freedom and worth fighting for.
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