February 17, 2010
Discussion Topic: Is Obama Anti-Gun, Or Anti-Gun Control?
By Dave Hurteau
From the Chicago Tribune:
Among the many groups that opposed Barack Obama’s presidential race, few were more
certain or vehement than gun-rights organizations. "Barack Obama would be the most anti-gun president in American history," the National Rifle Association announced. . . .
So it's no stunner that after a year in office, the president is getting hammered by people who have no use for his policy on firearms. The surprise is that the people attacking him are those who favor gun control, not those who oppose it.
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[The president] has proposed nothing in the way of new federal restrictions on firearms. Even the "assault weapons" ban signed by President Bill Clinton — and allowed to expire in 2004 — has no visible place on Obama's agenda.
Not only that, he's approved changes that should gladden the hearts of gun-rights supporters, a group that includes me. He signed a law permitting guns to be taken into national parks. He signed another allowing guns as checked baggage on Amtrak. He acted to preserve an existing law limiting the use of government information on firearms it has traced. . .
Obama is a long way from being anti-gun. This is not because he has fond memories of sitting in a deer stand. . . . It's because his mother didn't raise a fool.
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