My, how the times change… A few years ago, every anti-rights organization in the country was drooling all over themselves at the prospect of getting the most anti-firearms President in recent history into office. After all, then-Senator Barack Hussein Obama supported making the “Assault Weapon” Ban permanent in addition to banning private firearm sales by closing the non-existent, mythical “gun show loophole”, he discriminated against firearm owners, he was the director of the notoriously anti-rights Joyce Foundation, he supported D.C.’s unconstitutional handgun ban, he wanted to allow nonsensical lawsuits against firearm manufacturers for the actions of criminals, and he supported banning shotguns and any semi-automatic firearm that has a magazine capacity greater than five rounds. In short, hoplophobes throughout the country were gleefully looking forward to the halcyon days of “gun control”, “common sense gun legislation”, and countless other rights-abridging, authoritarian, self-serving pipe dreams.
… And then nothing happened. Oh, to be certain, now-President Barack Hussein Obama has been no friend of the Second Amendment, but all of his plans for repealing the Tiahrt Amendment, finalizing the “Assault Weapon” Ban, and so forth seem to have evaporated into the thin air.
And now? Well, now Our Glorious President says things like this:
Well, the Second Amendment in this country is part of our Constitution, and the president of the United States is bound by our Constitution. So I believe in the Second Amendment. It does provide for Americans the right to bear arms for their protection, for their safety, for hunting, for a wide range of uses. That does not mean that we cannot constrain gun-runners from shipping guns into Mexico. And so we believe that we can shape an enforcement strategy that slows the flow of guns into Mexico, while at the same time preserving our Constitution.
That earth-shattering crash you just heard was the collapse of every “gun control” supporter’s hopes and dreams.
Take a look at that quote again – granted, Our Glorious President fails basic Constitutional Theory by saying that the Second Amendment “provides” a right (obviously, the Second Amendment protects and preserves a pre-existing right), but looking past that, examine the specific vocabulary he used, and the order in which he used them. First up, he specifically used the phrase “bear arms”, rather than “own firearms”, “posses guns”, or any of a host of other alternatives available to him. Obviously this is a hearkening to the actual text of the Second Amendment, but given how much the “liberals” and Mainstream Media (but I repeat myself) like to proclaim what a glorious public speaker our President is, we can safely assume he chose that word intentionally and with malice aforethought. As such, President Barack Hussein Obama just confirmed the American people’s right to “carry, hold, or bring” firearms. Wow.
Moving on, look at the first two reasons he provided for Americans to carry firearms – “protection” and “safety”. In short, our President admitted that the right protected (not “provided”) by the Second Amendment is there for American citizens to guarantee their self-defense. Again, wow.
And, finally, our President did mention “hunting” as a reason to carry firearms, but that was only the third reason mentioned, and right before “a wide range of [other] uses”. There was never really any doubt about this, but the Second Amendment was never about hunting, and apparently Obama at least loosely grasps that given his hierarchy of reasons.
Just plain wow.
Now, does any of this mean that Our Glorious President would not sign a ban on concealed/open carry if it ended up on his desk tomorrow? Of course not. And given his historical record on firearm-related topics, I would be genuinely surprised if he did not put his autograph to such a document. However, we now have him on official, documented record as supporting the right of American citizens to carry firearms for self-defense – talk about a trump card!
And just because I cannot let something go, I would, of course, point out that it is already illegal for “gun runners” to ship firearms into Mexico, and if Our Glorious President was really serious about stemming the illegal flow of firearms into our southern neighbor, he would cast a harshly inquisitive eye to the agency whose job it is to stop that flow, rather than facilitate it.
(Courtesy of Pithy Title Goes Here.)