“…No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe, but if there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try…”
Barack H. Obama,
President of The United States of America
I cannot do an Internet search without finding some T-Partier whining about his or her 2nd Amendment rights being “violated,” claiming that the President is trying to ban guns in America. Feeding right into the right wing media machine of misinformation, they are…..as usual. Fact is, there is no legislation on the table to ban firearms in this country. There never has been.
Typically, the teaparty has misrepresented what is going on with the current gun legislation, and they have, as usual, completely disregarded the historical significance of gun ownership.
The second amendment was written during a time when it took a good 3 or 4 minutes to load a very primitive rifle, and would probably have been written differently had the forefathers known about today’s permitted weapon arsenals of assault weapons. It very well could have, in fact, have been written to preserve barbaric slavery in America! Doubt me? Please read the following article!
The President simply wants to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. We’re not talking about hunting rifles and sporting handguns. We’re talking ASSAULT WEAPONS here! Assault weapons, which are semi-automatic firearms that have certain ergonomic or construction features similar to those of military firearms. An assault weapon has a detachable magazine, in conjunction with one, two, or more other features such as a pistol grip, a folding or collapsing stock, a flash suppressor, or a bayonet lug. Why does ANY U.S. citizen need an assault rifle in his or her home??!! Expecting a wild elephant attack? Oh…wait…Assault weapons were not created to kill elephants. They were specifically manufactured to kill people….and, of course, there hasn’t been quite enough needless killing in America. Has there? Just ask the parents of those babies at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
Obama wants to instate universal background checks for gun purchasers. What’s wrong with that? It is a great idea. He wants to increase mental health resources to help unstable individuals such as the sick young man who slaughtered those innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary School , or the other mentally ill person who took those lives over the Christmas holidays mere blocks from my daughter’s house here in Portland …and he wants to do it BEFORE the violence has a chance to occur! Wow! Save lives? That Obama! Barack Obama wants to designate an increase in funding to make our schools more secure and to lift the restrictions that currently prevent our government from studying why gun violence occurs. I say, hats off to the President. These actions are crucial in keeping us safer overall.
I am probably much more anti-gun than President Obama is. I have always had a disdain for gun ownership. You couldn’t pay me to own a gun. That is MY right. I find them distasteful…low class, even. I have no objection to qualified adults owning them, if they choose, but as a personal stance, I would never own one …..unless maybe if I lived alone, far up in the wilds of Alaska or some other part of bear country. I don’t eat meat and do not see a need to hunt. I’d rather admire wild animals and allow them to live. Target practice? Well, it’s loud and obnoxious. I’d rather shoot an arrow, frankly. However, I accept those who disagree with me, and I accept their right to own firearms. This is just how I, personally, feel about gun ownership for me.
I do not believe that the government is chomping on its bit, waiting to remove all firearms so it can “take over” our lives. I believe that is a stupid conspiracy theory, one of many ignorance-rooted conspiracy theories that that teaparty comes up with that make me sick to my stomach. The government is too busy trying to get out of Afghanistan, trying to improve education, helping the poor and the elderly, trying to provide medical coverage for those who cannot afford it….more important things than “taking over” some suburban household and its wide screen television, SUV and beige carpet. No one’s rights have been infringed since Obama took office. The political right needs to stop with this complete and utter nonsense!
THIS is Obama’s stance: ” I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.” and
“Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that.
“So it’s trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes.”
Second fact of note: In 1994, RONALD REAGAN supported the ban of further manufacture of assault weapons. Reagan signed the “Firearm Owners Protection Act”, which we all know as the machine gun ban, and his anti-gun stance did not end with his presidency. In 1991, Reagan endorsed a bill that would have made a seven day waiting period mandatory nationwide.
Reagan said, “With the right to bear arms comes a great responsibility to use caution and common sense on handgun purchases and it’s just plain common sense that there be a waiting period to allow local law-enforcement officials to conduct background checks on those who wish to purchase handguns.”
Reagan was also anti-gun before he became president, having signed the Mumford Act back in 1967. The act prevented Californians from carrying a gun in their car, on their persons, or in any public place. Yet, I have not read a single sentence written by a member of the Tea Party that mentions this. No, we must demonize President Obama….whether he is right or whether he is wrong. This has gone far enough!
I was reading the blog of an acquaintance from Connecticut the other day. He made some viable suggestions about how we could make our society safer. First, he proposed putting an electronic device on guns that could disarm them remotely, but the gun’s owner. It would be similar to the iPhone app that I have. If anyone steals my phone, I can disable it and wipe out the data from my home computer. He also practically suggested that some type of internal GPS be installed in every firearm so that if they are taken by an unauthorized party, they can be easily traced. While these methods of gun safety are not perfect, they do demonstrate that there truly are possible practical measures that can be taken toward ending the untold future violence that is sure to occur if something is not done immediately.
Above all, the lies about President Obama and his position on gun control need to stop. The Presidents efforts toward gun control are not to take over other people’s lives. They are intended to make our country a safer place in which to live….they are intended to protect our children and ourselves. Misinformation is toxic. It is harmful to all, and it perpetuates the state of violence that exists in this country. The Tea Party specializes in misinformation. Rise above it. Use your intelligence. Please.