By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President
Between now and the day he leaves office, President Barack Obama vows to forge ahead in his drive to “transform” America into a nation we won’t even recognize. In that relentless push, he ignores the Constitution and disdains the rule of law. He snubs Congress and the courts, and worst of all, he dismisses the power that the Founders believed is the core of our nation—“We the People.” For nearly seven years now, Obama has undermined the country’s very foundation, its culture and the values that have made America the greatest nation in the world.
Perhaps no one has better described the outlaw nature of Obama’s attacks on the Constitution than Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley, a self-described liberal, who has emphatically stated, “The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.”
As he prepares to leave office and leave his final legacy, there is no telling how far Obama will go to dismantle our God-given rights and the liberties they secure.
Obama’s abuse of executive power, to erase the meaning and our exercise of the Second Amendment, is unpre-cedented in our nation’s history. In his view, the people’s representatives in Congress and the Constitution don’t matter one whit.
An especially egregious example of his trampling on the Constitution to take away the rights of law-abiding gun owners is Obama’s implementation of the United Nation’s gun-ban treaty without obtaining mandated Senate ratification—constitutionally directed approval which he knows he cannot obtain.
Another attack by executive fiat came with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (BATFE) rogue order to ban common .223 Rem. ammunition as “non-sporting.” Because of the massive opposition by NRA members and our friends in Congress, that bullet ban has been stalled—but only for now.
Don’t forget the unprecedented politicizing of the IRS aimed at preventing law-abiding conservative citizens from organizing to impact elections and overturn his policies. Those targeted groups, which simply sought to exercise their First Amendment-protected right to free speech, were prevented from adding their voices to ours in protecting the Second Amendment. Their involvement and resources might well have changed the outcomes of many close elections won by our opponents.
Add to the list “Operation Chokepoint,” a scheme to drive law-abiding federally licensed gun dealers out of business through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) by coercing banks into shutting down financial services for those targeted businesses. Under the government’s thumb, local banks notified gun dealers that, “Ultimately your company’s line of business is not commensurate with the industries we work with.”
Among Obama’s assaults on our republic is his theft of Congress’ exclusive power of the purse strings. Under the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers, not one thin dime of taxpayer funds can be spent by the executive branch without specific authorization of Congress, nor without Congress having appropriated those funds. But Obama views the U.S Treasury as his vast personal piggy bank. He takes funds from authorized purposes to fund activities never approved by Congress or activities specifically forbidden by Congress.
Case in point: By his stroke of the pen, the president has ordered the Centers for Disease Control to ignore a decades-old strict spending ban to prevent that huge agency from pushing a gun-ban agenda around the bizarre notion that gun ownership is a “disease” and firearms are the “pathogens.” Orders issued. CDC is back in business.
All of these examples are just precursors of what we can expect from Obama in his last days in office, inflicting his twisted priorities and policies on America.
When it comes to crime control, remember this: Where Obama and his Justice Department ignore tough federal gun laws aimed at getting violent armed felons off the street, he and his bureaucrats are flooding our communities with criminals who should remain behind bars.
Documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) show that the Obama administration, as of April 2014, “had released 165,000 convicted criminal aliens throughout the United States, including many convicted of such violent crimes as homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated assault.” This new figure did not include 30,000 criminal aliens released earlier.
So while Obama does all he can to disarm law-abiding Americans of our freedom, he is rewarding alien criminals with instant freedom from their incarceration.
This malfeasance must come to an end. But if Hillary Clinton gets into office, she will pick up where Obama left off and the damage she would inflict on our country will be catastrophic.
Surviving the assaults on our liberty remains today’s battle, but we must organize as never before, starting now to prepare for the 2016 elections when we must elect a president totally committed to clearing the wreckage of Obama’s one-man rule and save the Second Amendment, our freedoms and our country.
If there’s ever been a time to build a stronger wall around our Second Amendment-protected rights, that time is now. Whatever Obama throws at us in his last-ditch efforts to destroy our gun rights, we need to be ready. We need your renewed commitment, support and work from this day forward. And we need every single gun owner in the nation to join our ranks to win the 2016 presidential election, or we risk losing the country we love!