Skip to comments.Obama: “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”
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 dont 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, youre the gun guy.
John Lott: And I said, Yeah, I guess so.
John Lott: And he said, I dont believe people should be able to own guns.
John Lott: And I knew he was working at, with helping out
Dave Bose: Wait. Lets 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 Obamas not trying to take away guns and youre 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, heres 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, theres no doubt that hes the most anti-gun presidential candidate thats 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. Theres many other types of similar statements that one could go through on that.
John Lott: But often hes gone and hes 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 candidates 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. Theyre 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 havent seen a hard copy of it but surely on the dust jacket theres an about the author portion on Bill Ayers. Does it not mention anything about his past in radicalism and terrorism?
John Lott: I havent looked at the book.
Dave Bose: Thats what I want to know. I cant 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 shouldnt 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 thats 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 didnt 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, well 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 didnt 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 youre only teaching three hours a week and youre 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 dont 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 wasnt 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.
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.
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
Maybe Lott has been trying to get the word out for some time. It wouldn’t be surprising. Critics of Obama get little oxygen.
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.
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...
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.
Fauxbama will go after all law-abiding gun owners.
“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.
Obama opposes the Constitution in general. He is the most radically destructive candidate of all time.
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.”
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
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.
Is that a 240? All the tacti-cool crap makes it hard for me to tell.