In the debate last night he actually said it. Surprised me a little but maybe the President let a little of the real Obama slip.
But before I get to the weapons ban that President Obama supports let me get to what he believes the Second Amendment protects.
Obama: We’re a nation that believes in the Second Amendment, and I believe in the Second Amendment. We’ve got a long tradition of hunting and sportsmen and people who want to make sure they can protect themselves.
The Second Amendment has NOTHING TO DO WITH HUNTING. The idea of needing to protect hunting back in the 1700′s was about as valued as the need to enumerate the right to breathing. It was such a part of life that it would be unheard of to deny it to people since many outside of cities needed it to live.
No, Mr. President, though you merely gave it lip service, you were closer to the mark on the last bit. The Second Amendment is about the people protecting themselves. Now, while in the simplest terms that is to protect ones self, family and property it broadens out once you look at from whom the people need protection.
Yes, more often firearms are used to stop a burglar, mugger, or nutjob who wants to do us harm directly, but even then, that is not the extent of what the Founders intended for the Second Amendment.
The Founders enumerated the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as a defense against tyranny from overreaching and oppressive governments. Basically, the 2nd Amendment is the peoples protection against you.
It is the last line of defense against would be despots who would force the people to submit their freedom and liberty to appease a tyrant.
From our Founding Fathers:
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword because the whole body of people are armed and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States” -Noah Webster
“…Arms discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace.” -Thomas Paine
“…What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify is a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure….” -Thomas Jefferson
Of course, Mr. Obama, the manure I worry about is the kind you were shoveling last night about how the free people of the United States do not “need” semi automatic rifles.
I share your belief that weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don’t belong on our streets.-Obama
Interesting. I hear gun control zealots all the time saying how the Founding Fathers only knew muskets and that that is all the 2nd Amendment should protect. That is like saying they only had horses to travel with so even while allowing for invention, cars shouldn’t be allowed to go over 25 miles per hour.
No, Mr. Obama, the weapons have evolved and since the 2nd Amendment is to protect against tyranny then by all means and rights the American People should and ought to have access to weapons that would keep any dictator who sat in the Oval Office at bay.
Do I need a machine gun to go duck hunting? Nope. Do I need it to help as a deterrent from some megalomaniac who would seek to grind me and my liberty under heel? You bet your life I do.
Because THAT is what the Second Amendment is about. Freedom. Liberty. And the protection of them both. Saying its about Hunting is like saying Voting is about getting a free cookie at the election hall. It’s an added bonus but really has nothing to do with the right.
So where do you stand? Apparently you don’t believe in freedom. You finally let your inner Chicago out.
I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced. – Obama
So, to reduce violence, brought on by a few, you would strip the liberty of the many? Another Founding Father had a thought about that:
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” –Benjamin Franklin
But Liberty is, and will always be, the bane of tyranny. Gun Control is about control and Mr. Obama, you have revealed your hand.
Those are examples of what a Government can do to an unarmed populace. May your future for America never come to pass Mr. Obama, for it walks the same lines and will lead to the same results.