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Obama: I dont believe people should be able to own guns.
Michael Medved Show Interview ^ | 10-17-2008 | John Lott

Posted on 10/27/2008 12:26:24 PM PDT by Entrepreneur

The following is from an interview of John Lott by Dave Bose, substituting for Michael Medved on the Michael Medved radio show. Lott is currently a professor at the University of Maryland and is the author of "More Guns, Less Crime" and "Freedomonics." Lott taught at the University of Chicago the same time Obama was an instructor at Chicago. The transcript picks up approximately half way through the audio file...

Dave Bose: Just before the break, Professor Lott, I was mentioning that actually know Barack Obama. You met at the college.

John Lott: We were both at the University of Chicago. I was first in the business school and then I taught in the law school and I was there for like, five years. He was a lecturer there and – I don’t know – there were probably a couple of dozen times or whatever that we exchanged words. I saw him at a couple of seminars. I ran into and talked to people that were nearby him. One of the things though, is that the conversations all tended to be extremely short when I was involved with him.

John Lott: The first time I met him, I went over and introduced myself. He said, “Oh, you’re the gun guy.”

John Lott: And I said, “Yeah, I guess so.”

John Lott: And he said, “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”

John Lott: And I knew he was working at, with helping out…

Dave Bose: Wait. Let’s repeat that because Obama says he believes now that the 2nd Amendment preserves an individual right to keep and bear arms. In fact, Joe Biden whose helicopters are constantly being shot down by Frosty the Snowman has affirmed that Barack Obama’s not trying to take away guns and you’re telling me that the first thing you remember Obama saying to you was…

John Lott: Yeah, that he said, “I do not believe people should be able to own guns.”

Dave Bose: Okay

John Lott: I mean, if you just take the gun issue for a second, here’s a guy that when the supreme court decision came down at the end of June, said that the Supreme Court was merely confirming his own position on guns, that he believed that it was an individual right, that he always believed that it was, and that he apparently opposed the DC gun ban.

John Lott: The problem is you can find him making numerous statements prior to the Supreme Court decision where he said that he supported the DC gun ban. There are interviews that he did before the so-called Potomac Primaries in the spring, involving Maryland, Virginia, and DC, where he was interviewed on TV about that and he said quite firmly and emphatically that he was in favor of the ban. You have statements in the Chicago Tribune last fall.

John Lott: But overall, Obama has, there’s no doubt that he’s the most anti-gun presidential candidate that’s ever been nominated. In 1996 there was a candidate issue statement when he was first running for the state senate saying that he supported a ban on handguns. In 1998 there was a similar candidate statement saying that he supported a ban on semi-automatic guns. He supported legislation that would ban the sale of guns within five miles of any school or park, essentially banning virtually guns from being sold any place in virtually all of the states in the United States. There’s many other types of similar statements that one could go through on that.

John Lott: But often he’s gone and he’s said, for example in the 96 statement that it was an error by a staffer who had incorrectly filled out the form. The problem was, later on Politico, the Internet political news operation, got a hold of a copy of the actual candidate’s statement form and they found his handwritten notes on the copy that was there.

John Lott: The Chicago Tribute statement that came out last fall, again he blamed it on a staffer error, a so-called inartful attempt by a staffer to characterize his position. And as I say, you can go and find his own statements on videotape where he is saying that this year.

Dave Bose: Right, now he can just say he had an ACORN staffer fill it out for him. They’re pretty good at forgery. Actually, not so hot. He also wrote this book review for Bill Ayers that we were talking about earlier and I was wondering, I haven’t seen a hard copy of it but surely on the dust jacket there’s an “about the author” portion on Bill Ayers. Does it not mention anything about his past in radicalism and terrorism?

John Lott: I haven’t looked at the book.

Dave Bose: That’s what I want to know. I can’t get my hands on a hard copy and I want to see one of the old ones to see if the book that Obama was reviewing may have mentioned something.

John Lott: If I can just make one other comment about my interaction with Obama in Chicago?

Dave Bose: Oh yeah, sure.

John Lott: And that is when he made the statement about believe that people shouldn’t be able to own guns, I said, “Well, maybe we can get together for lunch and we can talk about it.”

John Lott: And because I knew he was also supportive of the Chicago suit against the gun makers.

John Lott: He just grimaced and turned around and walked away and that was the end of the conversation. And that’s the way many conversations went that I had with him and I believe just in general he really disliked talking to people that he regarded as conservatives.

Dave Bose: He didn’t even say goodbye? He just grimaced and turned around?

John Lott: Right.

Dave Bose: Or, did he say no thanks?

John Lott: No, he just turned around and walked away.

Dave Bose: Not even the usually polite, “Yeah, we’ll do that sometime?”

John Lott: No. I mean, and there were cases in later years where I would reach out to shake his hand and he would just refuse my hand.

John Lott: There was one seminar for example where he had asked a question. He only went to a couple of seminars the entire time he was there. He didn’t do any research or anything. He was basically brought in just to teach and as I understood as a way to let him run for public office. It was kind of understood that that was what he was going to do to begin with, because if you’re only teaching three hours a week and you’re not having to do any research, it gives you a lot of flexible time to go and campaign for office.

John Lott: But, he had asked a question in a seminar and I don’t think anybody understood what the question was. I thought I did and so after the seminar went up to him and I said, “I think it was an interesting question. I think you could have rephrased it a little bit differently.”

John Lott: And again, he just turned his back to me and started talking to someone else. And it wasn’t so much that he just disagreed. I really got the impression that he really believed that I was evil because I had different views, particularly on the gun issue.

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To: Entrepreneur

A fellow I know (a Ron Paul supporter, who has never owned a gun as far as I know) just went to a gun show and bought a Yogoslavian SKS, a Romanian AK (semi-auto) and an SVD (Dragunov) sniper rifle. Nobody’s worried. Relax.

41 posted on 10/27/2008 2:46:47 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Entrepreneur

Really? it must have been another professor or something then because Obama referring to a professor (pretty sure it is Lott) as the “gun guy” is something I heard about a few months ago

42 posted on 10/27/2008 2:52:56 PM PDT by wrhssaxensemble
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To: Entrepreneur
Jim Web did a commercial for Obama saying that the One supports the 2nd
amendment right to own firearms. It was vague at best, and what he didn't
say was that he most likely meant BB guns.
43 posted on 10/27/2008 2:59:38 PM PDT by MaxMax (I'll welcome death when God calls me. Until then, the fight is on)
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To: wrhssaxensemble

Maybe Lott has been trying to get the word out for some time. It wouldn’t be surprising. Critics of Obama get little oxygen.

44 posted on 10/27/2008 4:03:49 PM PDT by Entrepreneur (The environmental movement is filled with watermelons - green on the outside, red on the inside)
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To: irishtenor

Savage is on the other station and I’d prefer Kirby at the time he is at (morning drive). If he switched stations and took Savage’s spot, he’d be opposite of Mark Levin - - and, as much as I like Kirby, I’d have to listen to the Great One.

45 posted on 10/27/2008 7:52:29 PM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops and their CIC)
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To: Entrepreneur
Obama does not believe you have the right to own guns and once elected, with a solid leftist majority, he will move to restrict sales of guns, leading to confiscatory taxation on ownership and ammunition, and eventually an outright ban.

The same mob that stole my retirement wants to steal my guns so's they can steal more money from me?

Good luck with that, guys and gals...

46 posted on 10/27/2008 8:10:37 PM PDT by an amused spectator (I am Joe, too - I'm talkin' to you, VBM: The Volkischer Beobachter Media)
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To: Prole

If he wins I’ll start saving for a new gun purchase on 1/19/09. What with all the BDS 1/20/09 nonsense I think a surge of gunsales on that day would make a nice counter-gesture, not to mention prepare us for an Obama presidency. There’s no doubt that he’s coming for our “military-style assault rifles,” but that will only be the beginning.

47 posted on 10/29/2008 8:53:26 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter

Fauxbama will go after all law-abiding gun owners.

48 posted on 10/29/2008 8:57:47 AM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: MaxMax

“he most likely meant BB guns”

Naah. BB guns are dangerous; “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”

More likely he’s talking about squirt guns. But not the powerful ones, just little tricklers.

49 posted on 10/29/2008 9:10:23 AM PDT by ChicagahAl (So your bumper sticker says: "Don't blame me, I didn't vote!"? Duh!)
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To: Entrepreneur

Obama opposes the Constitution in general. He is the most radically destructive candidate of all time.

50 posted on 10/29/2008 9:24:44 AM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: Entrepreneur

Indeed, passing new “fees” and “taxes” on weapons and ammunition would make them prohibitively pricey. Then, banning their sale within X number of miles of a school would put numerous gun dealers (pawn shops, gun shows) out of business. But that would only mean that the Black Market in weapons would thrive.

If “Great Leader” really wants to get rid of guns, he’d have to order their confiscation (he’d probably offer some sort of buy-back first) of all weapons. Would he do that? Sure he would, if he thought he’d get away with it.

I would imagine, however, that there are thousands upon thousands of people, like me, who would not answer the knock at the door, or would not willingly hand over our only means of self defense, and/or would not be silent — nor particularly peaceful (if push came to shove).

Like Heston, I would say (without bravado, but on principle) “from my cold, dead hands.”


51 posted on 10/29/2008 9:30:33 AM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (
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To: RichInOC
I don’t believe people should be able to build bombs in their residences, Senator. What do you think about that? More to the point, what does your friend Mr. Ayers think about that?

Nice one! Why not ask it at his next rally and be investigated down to the chunks in your toilet for the rest of your life? /sarc off

52 posted on 10/29/2008 9:37:01 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Stand up and fight. We're Americans, and we never give up."--John McCain acceptance speech)
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To: Entrepreneur

Let’s not forget that Obama’s hero, Saul Alinsky, told his disciples that they should do everything they can to hide their true intentions. More and more, Obama reminds me of Castro. Castro did not reveal his Marxist side until after he had overthrown the government.

53 posted on 10/31/2008 1:35:14 AM PDT by Jeff Gordon ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last." Churchill)
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To: Red Badger

Is that a 240? All the tacti-cool crap makes it hard for me to tell.

54 posted on 10/31/2008 1:41:06 AM PDT by Tree of Liberty (Islam delenda est)
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