Monday, November 10, 2008

Post-Election Musings

The election has come and gone, and the United States now has a new President-elect. News reports indicate that Obama is already looking through Bush executive orders and plans on using executive orders of his own to make an immediate impact on policy. At this point, no Second Amendment related plans are listed in those executive orders, and hopefully it will stay that way.

The post election editorials have run the entire gamut, though even die hard liberal Pelosi is urging Obama to "govern from the middle". Right up until the end of the election, Obama’s website stated his policy would be to:

"Address Gun Violence in Cities: As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn't have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets."

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, "assault weapon bans" have nothing to do with the fully automatic and select fire weapons found on "battlefields". Some are reporting that this entry has disappeared from the Obama website. I still strongly believe that this statement represents Obama’s true feelings about firearms, regardless of how much lip service he has paid to the Second Amendment.

The next two years at least will represent a time with a strong Democratic majority in Congress. The last time the Democrats had this level of representation was in 1978, halfway through the Carter administration (they’d secured a larger majority in the House and a supermajority in the Senate in 1976, but lost seats in 1978). Some of those Democrats in the House are the “blue dog” Democrats, who will be unlikely to support anti Second Amendment legislation (if they value their job!). I sincerely hope that the Congress has the wisdom to understand that infringement of the right of Americans should not be on the table.

Only time will tell... I think I’m going to be very busy writing letters to my representatives over the next two years, and I stand ready to take legal action against any unconstitutional laws passed by the new administration.

Until next time!

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