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“Expanding Gun Rights”—by Excising the Second Amendment?
On March 13, 2011, the Arizona Star published an opinion piece in which Obama proclaimed, “My administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners, it has expanded them …”
“Expanded gun rights”? How?
By appointing two anti-gun justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of them, Sonia Sotomayor, who claimed she considered it “settled law” that the Second Amendment guaranteed an individual right—but then turned around and voted to deny that right?
By sidestepping Congress to impose an illegal order requiring registration of semi-automatic rifle sales in four Southwestern states?
By trying to gut the armed pilots program that protects airline travelers from terrorist hijackers?
By allowing his Department of Justice to smuggle guns from the U.S. to Mexican drug cartels who used them to murder a U.S. Border Patrol officer—and then using his “executive privilege” to stonewall investigators?
How, exactly, do any of these actions by Obama expand the rights of gun owners?
And how does trying to outlaw 125-year-old firearm technology—and standard-capacity ammunition magazines—“not curtail the rights of gun owners”?
In that same Arizona Star article, Obama wrote, “First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are already on the books …”
Yet Obama would rather pass new laws that only punish lawful gun owners like you, than enforce existing laws against armed, violent criminals the police have already caught.
In fact, Syracuse University, which tracks enforcement of federal gun laws, reported that under Obama, “weapons prosecutions declined to [the] lowest level in a decade.”
Out of more than 76,000 firearm purchases denied by the federal instant check system and sent on for further investigation in 2010, only 62 were referred for prosecution, and only 13 resulted in convictions. That’s less than two one-hundredths of one percent!
Think about what all this means.
Help Us Defend Your Firearms and Freedoms with the Truth
What kind of politician claims, as Obama did on Sept. 9, 2008, “I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away… I am not going to take your guns away”—but then pushes legislation to ban millions of guns?
What kind of commander-in-chief doesn’t understand the difference between the machine guns his armed forces use, and the semi-automatic firearms millions of Americans use?
Why can the elites not understand that honest, law-abiding, peaceable people want semi-automatic firearms and standard-capacity magazines for the exact same reasons that the rich, the powerful, the politically connected and the police want them? To protect themselves!
If you limit the access of law-abiding people to these technologies—especially when criminals will not be limited in any way—you limit the ability of good people to survive.
It’s as if the president and the gun-ban crowd can say whatever they want—even if it’s not true.
In 2000, after President Bill Clinton said that the reason other countries have “a lower gun death rate” is “because they don’t have an NRA in their country,” nra President Charlton Heston called Clinton to account.
Appearing in TV spots from coast to coast, the Oscar-winning actor corrected Clinton’s false statements and said, “Mr. Clinton, when what you say is wrong, that’s a mistake. When you know it’s wrong, that’s a lie.”
Today, you and I face an even more aggressive, coordinated cultural war against our firearms and our freedoms—a war waged with distortions and deception that only the truth can combat.
We can’t match the power over public opinion wielded by MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the rest of the anti-gun media who endlessly repeat the lies behind the Obama-Biden Gun-Ban Plan.
But with your immediate help, we can and must Stand and Fight now.
Make no mistake: This will be the fight of our lives for firearm freedom. But it’s winnable.
If you’re not an NRA member, please join us. If you are a member, please renew or upgrade your membership, or make a contribution. Whenever you hear someone repeat the distortions and lies behind this plan, do whatever you can to correct them with the truth.
Remember: The Constitution is on our side. The Bill of Rights is on our side. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Founding Fathers and the Framers of the Constitution.
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