By now, I am sure most of us have read through the list of the 23 executive orders President Obama signed yesterday. If you are like me, you were left shaking your head and wondering what good any of them will do. If you would like to read a breakdown of all 23 orders, along with a common sense response to each one, you should visit Texas Fred. Be warned, he is very plain-spoken, but maybe that’s just what we need.
I have only watched a small portion of the news conference in which President Obama made his announcement, but there are two things I want to highlight. Emphasis added is mine.
(Mediaite) During the major press conference introducing his 23 executive actions on gun violence, President Obama took a swipe at the pro-gun media figures and politicians who he believes will scream “tyranny” and resist any proposed reforms.
“Let me be absolutely clear: like most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. I respect our strong tradition of gun ownership and the rights of hunters and sportsmen,” the president said before praising “law-abiding gun owners” who he believes would be supportive of “common sense measures”
However, he added, reforming gun laws “will be difficult” because “there will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists, publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty. Not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves. And behind the scenes they’ll do everything they can to block any common sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever.”
“The only way we will be able to change is if their audience, their constituents, their membership says, ‘This time must be different, that this time we must do something to protect our communities and our kids,’” he concluded.
Anyone who has watched President Obama in action for the past four years should not be surprised at the tact he is taking to push his agenda of stricter gun control laws. When you read the above quote, pay special attention to the portions I have highlighted. They tell us a lot about how President Obama plans to go ahead with his agenda of stricter gun control laws.
The first portion I have highlighted tells us one thing. President Obama completely misses the point of the 2nd Amendment. He mentions the rights of hunters and sportsmen and in another section he mentions the right to self-defense, but he dances all around the real purpose of the 2nd Amendment. It was written to help protect American citizens from the tyrannical actions of their own government, as well as to provide for a means of defending the country.
Secondly, he immediately goes on the attack against those of us who will raise our voices in protest to any gun ban proposals he, or his liberal counterparts in Congress, may come up with. He accuses us of trying to “gin up fear”, for the purpose of higher ratings or revenue. Excuse me, Mr. President, but you couldn’t be further off-base with your remarks and your attacks. The reason we are raising our voices in protest is because of the fear we have of an attack on the 2nd Amendment. I am not writing about this issue to increase my blog traffic or to increase the clicks on the Google ads you find on these pages. I am writing because we have to take a stand. If we do not, little by little, our rights will be erased.
If we allow a gun ban to go into effect, removing assault type weapons and high-capacity magazines from the general population, where will that lead our nation? When those weapons and magazines are banned and gun violence refuses to abate, what weapons will they want to ban next? Some call this the slippery slope argument and may decry its use, but I contend it is a legitimate argument. Look at our history. See how many of our liberties have already been removed and you should realize just how valid this argument is.
Speaking about “ginning up fear”, what about the President’s use of children as a backdrop during his news conference. Couldn’t that be classified as “ginning up fear”? I’m just saying…