Posted by Brutus | Posted in Democrats, Obama, second amendment | Posted on 11-11-2008
Over the past couple of months, it has been estimated there is at least a 10% spike in the sale of handguns and “assault” weapons. Why? Obamaphobia. Many people are afraid Mr. Obama will destroy Second Amendment rights shortly after his inauguration. The sad part is, these fears are not unfounded.
Obama’s website change.gov used to say:
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.
Of course, that was before he decided to take his agenda down from his website.
Like so much else of Obama’s rhetoric, this is in some respects simply “feel-good” talk. It does, however, set the stage for the destruction of our Second Amendment rights, which are inalienable.
The Tiahrt Amendment forbids the BATFE from divulging private information about gunsales to local law enforcement (as far as the democrats and Obama are concerned, this is all the amendment says), except in cases of bona fide crime and prosecution. That last clause is the part they neglect to tell Americans. The Amendment will pass information when the owning jurisdiction requests information on a genuine gun-related crime. They will not, however, disclose information on gun ownership to a mayor who might want to know if his ex-wife bought a gun.
As the NRA-ILA website points out:
Traced guns aren’t always “crime guns”; firearms may be traced for reasons unrelated to any armed crime. The BATFE trace request form lists “crime codes” for traffic offenses and election law violations, among many others.
The site further states the Fraternal Order of Police and the BATFE oppose repealing the amendment, because it will actually jeopardize the lives of undercover cops and agents.
As for the 1994 “Assault Weapon Ban” (AWB), it was one of the biggest legislative frauds perpetrated on the American people. The sole purpose of the AWB was to hide scary looking guns. It did not, however, ban things like fully automatic weapons (machine guns). That piece of legislation was passed sixty years earlier in 1934. Even after the expiration of the AWB in 2004, fully automatic weapons continue to be illegal for the majority of Americans.
Instead, the AWB took into consideration the cosmetics of a weapon and decided to ban based upon that.
In the 1994 legislation, an “Assault Weapon” was defined as:
Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
· Folding stock
· Conspicuous pistol grip
· Bayonet mount
· Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
· Grenade launcher (more precisely, a muzzle device which enables the launching or firing of rifle grenades)
Semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
· Magazine that attaches outside the pistol grip
· Threaded barrel to attach barrel extender, flash suppressor, handgrip, or silencer
· Barrel shroud that can be used as a hand-hold
· Unloaded weight of 50 oz (1.4 kg) or more
· A semi-automatic version of an automatic firearm
Semi-automatic shotguns with two or more of the following:
· Folding or telescoping stock
· Pistol grip
· Fixed capacity of more than 5 rounds
· Detachable magazine
Think about this for a minute. Just because a rifle has a bayonet lug and a folding stock, it is an “Assault Weapon.” However, remove the bayonet lug and it is no longer an assault weapon. The rifle still fires the same bullets. Still has the same accuracy. Still fires just as rapidly. The only difference is, it no longer looks scary. When passing the legislation, even proponents admitted weapons like these were very rarely used in crimes.
As we can see, the idea behind both of these pieces of legislation Obama wants passed is ridiculous…or is it?
Barack Obama concedes gun ownership is a right and at the same time, says the states and local governments should be able to strip that right from you. On April 16, 2008, Obama stated:
As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private property but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it.
Hmm. I wonder if he feels the same way about something like voting. Imagine he said, “Just because people have a right to vote doesn’t mean the state and local governments can’t take that right from them.” It is preposterous!
In 1996, Barack Obama filled out a card regarding his positions on certain issues. One of those was gun control. Here is the question and the answers:
35. Do you support state legislation to:
a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Yes.
b. ban assault weapons? Yes.
c. mandatory waiting periods and background checks? Yes.
Campaign staffers later said Obama had someone else fill out the card and they misrepresented his positions. I must say it is reassuring to know we will soon have a Commander-in-Chief who delegates his responsibilities to people who do not know where he stands on the issues. Just wait until Mr. Obama delegates the nuke codes to Ahmadinejad.
So, Mr. Obama has already stated he favors gun bans. By repealing the Tiahrt Amendment, he and his goons will have access to personal information on law abiding citizens who purchased guns. That should make it very easy for them to confiscate most weapons. By skipping houses where no guns are present, Mr. Obama can save a lot of time disarming Americans and stripping them of their inalienable rights.