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Obama Wants to Disarm Us For Our Own Good

From Big Government:

On March 13, 2010, the Arizona Star Daily carried an op-ed written by President Barack Obama that called for more gun control in the name of “common sense.”

Using the Tucson shooting as a justification for this new effort, Obama also cited various other violent acts committed by criminals, including Columbine, to convince us that it’s time to go after guns once more.When will liberals learn that going after the criminals who use guns is far more effective than going after the guns that law-abiding citizens possess? (In fact, let it me state here at the outset that “we the people” know politicians are being disingenuous about their intentions to keep us safe when they react to crime by targeting the tools we use to keep ourselves safe – guns – instead of targeting those who misuse the tools – criminals.)

Throughout the op-ed Obama pushed and pulled: that is, he pushed for more gun control by describing it as an “intelligent way to make the United States of America a safer…place” then pulled back to focus on how certain he was that “almost all gun owners in America are highly responsible [citizens]… who buy their guns legally and use them safely.” At the risk of parsing Obama’s words a bit more than he did, it doesn’t make sense to speak of gun control as “intelligent” if you’re also going to admit “almost all gun owners are highly responsible.”

In truth, Obama’s words demonstrate that more gun control is actually unintelligent and thus against commonsense, for it will only result in greater scrutiny on those already designated as “highly responsible” (which will do nothing to stop crime.)

The National Rifle Association (NRA) immediately saw through Obama’s new gun control scheme. Thus, when Obama invited them to come and take part in a meeting between pro-gun control advocates and the Justice Department, the NRA said thanks but no thanks. Instead, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre sent a letter to Obama saying: “[T]o focus a national dialogue on guns — and not criminals or mental health issues — misses the point entirely.”

And when I asked Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America (GOA), about Obama’s new gun control push, he suggested that Obama might start by reigning in federal agencies if he’s serious about a “common sense” approach:

A common sense gun law would be to abolish the BATFE (ATF).  Operation Gunrunner has resulted in the deaths of two ICE agents and an unknown number of Mexicans.  In the pursuit of more funding and more gun control the agency was willing to let guns get into Mexico.  They have wanted to increase the number of US-sourced guns that the Mexicans find so the ATF could point to the growing problem

My guess is LaPierre’s criticism will not be seriously received and that Pratt’s words will fall on deaf ears. Why? Because the administration has no true interest in preserving gun rights, much less in reducing crime while simultaneously preserving the “robust 2nd Amendment” Obama conveniently referenced in his op-ed.

Instead, phrases like “common sense” will continue to be used to convince us that Obama means us no harm. That our natural rights are safe and secure in his hands, and that he is disarming us for our own good.

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