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October 21, 2012
Obama Goes Off-Teleprompter on Gun Control
With a pre-selected question surely meant to paint Mitt Romney into a corner with the NRA, debate moderator Candy Crowley instead induced the president to go off-teleprompter with his thoughts on gun control.
The audience member asked:
And the president replied, "I believe in the second amendment," but added:
The president has kept his gun control agenda under wraps during his first term, although in another off-teleprompter moment last year, Obama told the head of the Brady gun-ban group "we are working on it ... we just have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."
But with his debate remarks the president has handed the NRA the opening to say "we told you so" -- not only on so-called assault weapons, but also on handguns, as reported by the Washington Examiner:
The organization's strategy in this critical election cycle has been to focus on gun owners in swing states, "blanketing Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Wisconsin" in particular with mailings and advertisements aimed at getting gun owners to the polls on Election Day.
At the NRA annual meeting last April, Governor Romney said he does "not believe in new laws restricting gun ownership and gun use." He reiterated that stance in his answer to the gun question at last Tuesday's debate, while also bringing up the Obama-Holder "Fast and Furious" gun-running scandal.
At the April NRA meeting, Romney also expressed his concern that a re-elected Obama would use his newfound flexibility "to remake the Supreme Court with justices who could be unfriendly to gun rights."
President Obama has already appointed two anti-gun Supreme Court Justices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, and may have the opportunity to appoint as many as three more, which would almost certainly mean severely restricted or completely curtailed Second Amendment rights for Americans.
Obama and company have lent their support to the temporarily stalled United Nation Small Arms Treaty, which if approved by the U.N. could fester like an open sore until a future, more compliant United States Senate approves it, just as the Marxist-based Law of the Sea Treaty, originally drafted in 1968 and most recently promoted by the Obama administration, has languished for decades awaiting Senate ratification.
An NRA article titled "Obama's Secret Plan To Destroy the Second Amendment By 2016" describes the Obama strategy:
The NRA piece goes on to describe Obama's early career (italics in original):
And Vice President Joe Biden shared the same notions during the 2008 campaign:
In the NRA's words, a second Obama term could see "the worst anti-gun legislative avalanche since 1968."
If Republicans keep the House of Representatives, there is little or no chance of any of this immediately becoming law. But the president has already proven he will use all manner of executive orders, regulations, and skullduggery to go around Congress, and in a second term, there will be little to stop him from doing whatever he sees fit to achieve his objectives.
Just as candidate Obama previewed redistribution with "Joe the Plumber," President Obama has now previewed his second-term anti-gun agenda with a national audience.
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