Friday, March 27, 2009

Government To Unilaterally Confiscate Guns?

Obama's Sights on Second Amendment
from American Thinker
By Jan LaRue
March 27, 2009

While campaigning for the U.S. Senate and then the presidency, Barack Obama said he believed in the individual right to bear arms. Those aware of his record and rhetoric reckoned he was referring to his wife's penchant for sleeveless attire, not the Second Amendment.

During his 2004 run for the Senate, Obama said:

"I think that the Second Amendment means something. I think that if the government were to confiscate everybody's guns unilaterally that I think that would be subject to constitutional challenge."

He didn't say it would be unconstitutional, just "subject to constitutional challenge." Nor did he express any opposition.

Obama admitted in a Feb. 11, 2008, interview that he supported the District of Columbia handgun ban, and that it was "constitutional."

On June 26, 2008, he said he agreed with the Court's decision, but added that the right to bear arms is subject to "reasonable regulations."

He never "explained" how an absolute ban on handguns is "reasonable," or how he can agree with the ruling, which said it was unreasonable. Obama's inconsistencies are numerous, as John R. Lott Jr has noted.

Despite the Heller ruling and his professed regard for the Amendment, Obama will push legislation to make possession and purchase of guns and ammunition as burdensome as the constitutionally comatose congressional majority will enact.

We should heed the warning of James Madison, "Father of the Constitution":

"There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
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