Posted on October 9, 2012
I’ve warned often of what a second term would do to harm our right to keep and bear arms under a President Obama. Liberals like to point to the fact that Obama hasn’t passed any gun control regulations since being in office. In fact, many liberals and progressives are quite displeased with the President for that point. While he may not have passed any laws, he definitely hasn’t done anything to make gun owners feel safe.
For example, Obama blocked the importation of nearly a million World War II-era M1 Garand rifles. Gun collectors were chomping at the bit to purchase these pieces of history, myself included. Additionally, he blocked another 300,000 M1911 pistols, the official service pistol of much of the military during the Korean War and earlier. Many gun enthusiasts can’t afford to own one because of the high cost and allowing the South Korean government to sell them back to American citizens would have made that possible.
So, when the President and his supporters try to say that Obama is a friend to gun owners, we have seen more negative than positive policies towards us. But, as Larry Bell writes at Forbes.com, there are six more reasons why gun owners should vote like their rights depend on it this November.
One: An Ideological Disdain for Gun Rights; It Ain’t Gonna Change
For starters, it might serve to be reminded that our present White House oval office resident really doesn’t like the fact that Second Amendment protections are extended to private citizens, and he has actively worked to eliminate them in the past. From 1994 until 2002 he served along with Bill Ayres and his current senior advisor Valery Jarrett on the 10-member board of the radically anti-gun Joyce Foundation in Chicago. Between 1998 and 2001 the organization contributed $18,326,183 in grants to anti-Second Amendment causes.
Later as an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama was an aggressive advocate for expanding gun control laws. He even voted four times against legislation giving gun owners an affirmative defense when they use firearms to defend themselves and their families against home invaders and burglars.
More recently in a move unprecedented in American history, President Obama quietly banned re-importation and sale of 850,000 collectible antique U.S.-manufactured M1 Garand and Carbine rifles that were left in South Korea following the Korean War. Developed in the 1930’s, the venerable M1 Garand carried the U.S. through World War II, seeing action in every major battle.
Vice President Joe Biden is a long time gun-control supporter. He was a major architect of Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 which included major curbs on assault weapons, not only barring the manufacturing of 19 different brands of firearms, but also outlawing the possession of newly manufactured high-capacity magazines. That law expired in 2004, and so far, efforts at re-introduction have failed. The National Rifle Association has given him an “F” on gun rights. Biden also voted against a law that prohibits lawsuits designed to bankrupt law-abiding firearm manufacturers.
Obama administration Secretary of State Hillary Clinton isn’t generally known as a gun rights enthusiast either. Although professing to support the Second Amendment during her presidential election bid, she has been a long-time activist for federal firearms licensing and registration, and a vigorous opponent of state Right-to-Carry laws. As a New York senator, Clinton also ranked among the NRA’s worst “F”-rated gun banners…one who voted to support the sort of gunpoint disarmament that marked New Orleans’ rogue police actions against law-abiding gun owners in the anarchistic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Obama’s beleaguered Attorney General Eric Holder joined a “friend of the court” brief in District of Columbia v. Heller case contending that the second Amendment does not protect an individual right to arms. The court narrowly decided in a 5-4 vote that the Second Amendment does protect this fundamental right. Testifying before Congress on February 2, Holder confirmed that the Obama administration “…has consistently favored the reinstitution of the assault weapons ban.”
Read the rest at Forbes.com.