Last week, President Obama made headlines when he announced his sweeping, anti-gun executive actions. Now, however, his past has come back to haunt him after researchers went back to look at his past rhetoric on guns.
Dr. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, recently compared Obama’s 2016 speech with what he has said about guns in the past, and the differences he found are striking.
“The president forcefully claimed: ‘I respect the Second Amendment; I respect the right to bear arms; I respect people who want a gun for self-protection,’” Lott said of last week’s CNN Town Hall on guns. “Well, here’s another quote: ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.’ That’s what Obama told me when we were colleagues at the University of Chicago Law School in 1996.”
“Obama has also publicly supported a nationwide ‘ban (on) the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns’ as well as banning ‘the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons,'” Lott wrote, according to Western Journalism. He went on to say that these last positions were taken on a 1996 survey Obama filled out while running for the Illinois State Senate.
Others have warned that Obama’s deep hatred for guns will manifest itself in both direct and indirect ways.
“The fact that the President, unable to obtain an extensive ban on gun ownership through the powers of Congress, might suggest or mandate policies which drive up the price of weapons and ammunition is a feature, not a bug. It’s part and parcel of the overall strategy of Democrats at all levels in the current era,” wrote Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw.
“Banning gun ownership is tremendously unpopular and can cost vulnerable Democrats their seats so they seek other approaches which are a bit more below the radar. … If the President is talking about respect for gun rights and then discussing changes to the system in the next breath, you can rest assured that the price of weapons and ammunition is going to be heading upward,” Shaw wrote.
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