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Obama: Change For The Sake Of Expediency

Friday, April 11, 2008

When it comes to the Second Amendment, it's somehow appropriate that Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is running on a platform of "change."  Because when it comes to his rhetoric on the issue of gun rights, "change" is an apt description. 

Last month, we reported on Obama's hypocrisy.  We detailed his advocacy of a law to forbid federally licensed gun dealers from legally selling constitutionally-protected products (firearms) in huge geographical areas, without holding purveyors of pornography to the same standard. 

Last week, we reported on Obama's attempt at reassuring pro-gun voters by telling them, "I have no intention of taking away folks' guns," then telling the Pittsburgh Tribune "I am not in favor of concealed weapons," and that he favors "…reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure[s]…."  

Obama is savvy, and he's a quick study.  His politically expedient stance on the gun issues has morphed from "a ban on all handguns" to his now frequent use of phrases like "protecting sportsmen."  

Lately, in an effort to curry votes from America's gun owners, he's even claiming to believe in the Second Amendment.  A recent campaign "fact sheet" touting Obama's support for sportsmen claims that Obama "greatly respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms" (note the failure to say "keep" and bear arms).  But read further--to the "fine print" at the end of the statement--and you'll see his political safety net…an easily down-played but highly significant "qualifier" that he almost always includes in some form.  It reads, "He also believes that the right is subject to reasonable and commonsense regulation."  In other words, "I support your gun rights, so long as that includes "reasonable" restrictions (wink, wink)."  Very slick.

The next time you hear Obama talking about "protecting sportsmen's rights," remember that, among other things, he endorses the D.C. gun ban--which outlaws armed self-defense in the home--declaring that the ban doesn't violate the Second Amendment.  And that in a "1998 National Political Awareness Test," he pledged to support a "Ban [on] the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."  That includes most handguns and many rifles and shotguns. 

Obama's alleged support of the Second Amendment is utterly cynical and false.  Barack Obama is not for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms; he's out to destroy it. 

For more information on Barack Obama's gun control record, please click here.

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