Monday, September 8, 2008

Even a Hand-Picked Crowd Doesn’t Believe Obama on Guns

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire Blog recently related an incident on the Obama trail that underscores the credibility gap that the Senator has on the Second Amendment. Senator Obama was addressing a hand-picked crowd at a glass factory in Duryea, Pa. The article states:

A woman in the crowd told Obama she had “heard a rumor” that he might be planning some sort of gun ban upon being elected president. Obama trotted out his standard policy stance, that he had a deep respect for the “traditions of gun ownership” but favored measures in big cities to keep guns out of the hands of “gang bangers and drug dealers’’ in big cities “who already have them and are shooting people.”

“If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it,’’ Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.

So he tried again. “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ he said. “This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I’m not going to take away your guns.’’

So lets look at what he said in light of the party platform. Obama claims he’s not “taking” anyone’s guns, yet he has proposed numerous weapon bans in the past (handgun ban, semi-auto ban, etc.) and one ban (the deceptively named “assault weapon” ban) is an official part of the Democratic Platform. In politician double speak, not “taking” one’s guns simply means he’ll work to pass the ban with at best a grandfather clause or at worst a registration scheme. Then he can claim he didn’t actually “take away” anyone’s firearms.

His follow-up statement was even more damning than the first statement. Simply posing the allegedly hypothetical “even if…” question implies that it is exactly what he would do if he had his way. The Democrats believe that they are going to make strong gains in Congress this year, so his comments that he doesn’t have “the votes” is more than a little disingenuous and frightening at the same time.

Again, Obama proves yet again that he just doesn’t get it on the Second Amendment. If the Second Amendment isn’t safe in cities, it’s not safe in rural Pennsylvania either. The tone of his comments is also insulting, and I’m sure that fact was not lost on the “sportsmen” in the back. The bottom line is yes, Mr. Obama, this CAN be the reason NOT to vote for you. It’s certainly at the top of my list (though with this particular candidate the list is somewhat lengthy based on his policies across the board).

Until next time!!!

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