“I believe in the Second Amendment,” President Obama said last night in his second debate, and then revealed his true colors. (I thank the sincere lady who asked the question.) Obama said,”… enforce laws we’ve already got, keep guns out of hands of criminals…I share your belief that weapons designed for war theater do not belong on the streets.” He admitted he wants to reintroduce the “assault weapons ban,” and admitted that in Chicago the bad guys are using cheap handguns instead of AK47s. He wants a “Comprehensive strategy” to get “automatic weapons that kill in amazing numbers” out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
Here at the blog, we’ve gone around with some gun owners who insisted that because the President had not aggressively gone after them in his first term, he wouldn’t in the second. I warned you that he WOULD as soon as he was re-elected. Shouldn’t be a surprise: we warned you here that it’s right there in the Democratic party platform.
It’s good to see him out of the closet now. Expect his “assault weapons ban” to cover any shotgun which “can be retrofitted” with an extended magazine…which means about every pump gun since the late 19th Century, and almost every autoloading shotgun, like your great grandpa’s Browning Automatic Five. Expect it to ban pistols and rifles which “can be” used with high capacity magazines…which is just about all of them, from that same great grandpa’s World War I .45 to the Remington 740 series, one of America’s most popular deer rifles for sixty or more years. And so on. If possession of existing specimens is grandfathered but no new ones can be transferred, that means you can’t sell the ones you have or will them to your kids.
Romney says he’s not in favor of new legislation, noting automatic weapons are “already illegal.” Though the Republican apparently doesn’t realize that in most states law-abiding citizens can own Class III weapons, that’s nowhere near the Democrat’s level of ignorance in not being able to tell automatic (machine guns) from semiautomatic. Romney brought up Fast and Furious at last, pointing out that Obama used executive privilege. Obama managed to dance away from that one: clever style, but a bit disingenuous. Why was Romney no longer in favor of banning assault weapons? He claimed pro and anti came together for the bill. “It was a mutually agreed upon piece of legislation,” he said. (Sniff. Sniff. Yes, I believe I catch a whiff of disingenuousness here too.)
Discuss it with your gun-owning friends. The President has just said that if re-elected, he’ll bring us back down a well-trod and stupid path that interferes with gun owners’ civil rights.