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Obama’s Misfire on Gun Control
National Review Online ^ | April 29, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke

Posted on 04/29/2013 11:18:11 AM PDT by neverdem

Unintended consequences: Many states are passing laws to loosen rules on guns.

We’ve all seen the cartoons on television. Our hapless protagonist, caught up in the heat of the moment, fails to notice that the barrel of his gun is bent backward toward his face. When he pulls the trigger, he hits himself, blowing his Stetson hat off — or worse.

Long before Barack Obama came fully out of the gun-control closet and dressed himself in the gaudy attire of the crusader, he held a solid claim to the title of Best Inadvertent Gun Salesman in History. His credentials are impeccable: Not only did Obama record for posterity his endorsement of “a ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns” on a 1996 political questionnaire, but, while running for president in 2008, he also discourteously characterized Americans who weren’t from New York City or San Francisco as “bitter” people who “cling” to guns and religion — summing up what progressives have long thought about gun owners and their recalcitrant accomplices in the “flyover states.”

Subsequent attempts to walk back the condescension proved fruitless. “My writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire, Charlie,” he told Charlie Gibson during the 2008 Democratic primaries. “I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns.” The public appears not to believe him. A Huffington Post/YouGov poll from February of this year revealed that a plurality believe that the president would “ban handguns” and “repeal the Second Amendment” if he could.

Our beliefs determine our behavior. Since the president kicked off his post-Newtown tour, the citizens of the United States have been on what The Atlantic termed “an unprecedented gun-buying binge.” Here are the ten busiest weeks for the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Checks System) in its 15-year history:

  1. 12/17/2012 – 12/23/2012: 953,613 checks
  2. 01/14/2013 – 01/20/2013: 641,501 checks
  3. 02/11/2013 – 02/17/2013: 618,361 checks
  4. 01/07/2013 – 01/13/2013: 603,882 checks
  5. 12/10/2012 – 12/16/2012: 602,003 checks
  6. 02/04/2013 – 02/10/2013: 592,542 checks
  7. 02/25/2013 – 03/03/2013: 565,699 checks
  8. 02/18/2013 – 02/24/2013: 543,259 checks
  9. 01/21/2013 – 01/27/2013: 541,822 checks
  10. 12/03/2012 – 12/09/2012: 527,095 checks

As The Atlantic noted, “in the intervening 746 weeks since November 1998, the ten weeks with the most checks have all happened since the Newtown shooting.” These are but the high points of a remarkable trend. Since Obama took office in January of 2009, more than 66 million guns have been sold in the United States.

Bill Clinton, burned badly in 1994 on the issue of gun control, warned President Obama earlier this year that he was setting himself up for a fall. But Obama did not listen. “A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the people proposing these things,” Clinton counseled Democratic donors in January. “I know because I come from this world.” The current president most definitely does not.

In Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, tedious Cousin Jasper comes to Charles Ryder’s Oxford rooms and, taking aim at Charles’s hedonistic lifestyle, of which he evidently disapproves, gives his charge a severe ticking off. “Jasper,” as Charles recalls, “would not sit down.” Instead, “he stood with his back to the fireplace and, in his own phrase, talked to me ‘like an uncle.’” The characterization will be familiar to gun owners, many of whom have felt as if they have been on the receiving end of such a general rebuke for the better part of four months.

Jasper’s Grand Remonstrance is so miserably ineffectual that Charles responds by reaching into his cabinet and taking out a bottle of champagne. “I’m sorry, Jasper,” he says, airily. “I know it must be embarrassing for you, but I happen to like this bad set. I like getting drunk at luncheon, and though I haven’t yet spent quite double my allowance, I undoubtedly shall before the end of term. I usually have a glass of champagne about this time. Will you join me?” General disapprobation is not, it seems, the way to win hearts.

The president has done more than spur gun sales. As he ramped up his effort last December, precincts across the country reported a record number of applications for concealed-carry permits; shelves emptied of ammunition; AR-15s, a favored bogeyman of the gun-illiterate Left, became almost impossible to obtain; the National Rifle Association added half a million members in six weeks; and, most important, the states took up the cause. Much hay has been made of the reactionary new laws in Connecticut, Colorado, New York, and Maryland. New York’s in particular has been singled out as a perfect example of the follies of haste. But what of the 15 states that have loosened their rules?

This year, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, South Dakota, Kentucky, Texas, Idaho, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Michigan, Maine, and Arizona have all enacted bills that weaken gun restrictions. Arkansas, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Maine have expanded the list of places where citizens may keep and carry weapons; Virginia, Montana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Maine have made concealed-carry permit records confidential or limited public access to them; and the legislatures in Oklahoma and Kansas have sent bills to the governor that would provide “automatic reciprocity for all out-of-state concealed weapon permits.”

In South Dakota, residents with a concealed-carry permit may now carry a pistol while riding a snowmobile; Kentucky has not only removed its six-month-residency requirement for a concealed-carry permit but also instructed state police that they have 30 — not 90 — days to approve applications; Idaho has banned local jurisdictions from refusing to recognize concealed-carry rights; Utah has made it illegal for the state and for local jurisdictions to compel concealed-carry holders to disclose that they are carrying; and Mississippi has clarified the meaning of “concealed,” so that one cannot be prosecuted if a concealed gun becomes temporarily and accidentally visible.

These moves are certainly in keeping with a general 20-year-old movement toward expanding gun rights at the state level. But the speed with which such bills made it through the political process should worry the gun-control movement. Twenty-five measures have been passed in the four months since Newtown. More are awaiting gubernatorial signatures or are subject to further debate. Gun controllers seem to face a genuine, perhaps intractable, quandary: In order to have a shot at changing the rules, they must speak in urgent and emotional terms, and they must try to rush legislation through before reason can intrude on the debate. But it is this very emotional urgency that scares people into buying guns, turning the restrictionist into the salesman.

As the old song goes:

They say that in the army
The guns are mighty fine.
But when you pull the trigger,
The bullets fly behind!

— Charles C. W. Cooke is an editorial associate at National Review.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; obama; secondamendment

1 posted on 04/29/2013 11:18:11 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem; All

There is truth in this article. Those who seek to restore the Constitution have been activated as never before. The question is: will it be enough to overcome the power of the MSM and the fanatical Obama administration... but I repeat myself.


2 posted on 04/29/2013 11:29:00 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: neverdem

Mississippi is open carry 7/1.


3 posted on 04/29/2013 11:31:50 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (What has the GOP done today to gain your support in 2014?)
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To: neverdem

The U.S Constitution weighs 1,775 pounds because the Second Amendment is written in lead.


4 posted on 04/29/2013 11:34:19 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: bunkerhill7

Well said


5 posted on 04/29/2013 11:52:20 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: neverdem
Time and again I have listened to my liberal friends bemoan the power of the NRA, that "powerful special-interest lobby of the gun industry."

Whenever I hear this claim, I point out that, as industries go, the small arms industry in the US isn't all that much. The entire industry makes in a typical year about what Apple made last quarter. So it's not industry power that's driving the NRA. In fact, a piece on NPR a few weeks ago seemed to puzzle over the fact that the political position of most of the gun industry is much more moderate than that of the NRA.

What's driving the NRA, I tell my liberal friends and acquaintances, is its individual members. It's a true grassroots organization. The NRA is powerful because it is backed by millions of Americans. Politicians can ignore or misunderstand that at their peril.

6 posted on 04/29/2013 11:57:48 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: neverdem

Importantly to all conservatives: right now the left is doing something that military tacticians always warn against, called “reinforcing defeat”. It is one of the most important military truisms, that you should *never* reinforce defeat, thinking that you can turn the situation around.

But the left is doing it with gun control. Which means that the time is ripe for conservatives to hit the left, hard, from an unexpected direction, that they are not prepared to defend.

Specifically, the best attack the conservatives can launch right now is to “streamline” the death penalty for violent criminals, by limiting how federal judges can interfere with the process.

Say that, instead of it taking 20 years to execute a horrific mass murderer after sentencing, it should take no more than 5 years. This is a reasonable goal, and one that can be accomplished with just three changes to the federal law.

1) Declare that the individual states are *competent* to carry out a death penalty as they see fit, without interference. They may continue to use lethal injection, or use electrocution, gas chamber, firing squad, or even hanging if they choose to do so, without a federal judge being able to intercede because of the means or technique of the execution.

2) Move all federal death penalty appeals to the front of the federal docket, the appeal to be heard within six months; and the defense, prosecution and judge are limited to a single, one month delay each in the course of the appeal, which must be concluded within one year from when it was first made.

3) Limit the ability of federal judges to overturn a state death penalty decision, *or* to issue a “directed acquittal” to the trial court. Instead, if they see a constitutional problem, they can order the original court to reevaluate the case in light of that or those problems. And if the trial court still affirms the sentence, the appeal is over.


7 posted on 04/29/2013 1:37:25 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: JLS; bamahead; EdReform; saleman; Southack; kosciusko51; Bryan24; blam; Jemian; alancarp; ...
This year, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, South Dakota, Kentucky, Texas, Idaho, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Michigan, Maine, and Arizona have all enacted bills that weaken gun restrictions. Arkansas, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Maine have expanded the list of places where citizens may keep and carry weapons; Virginia, Montana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Maine have made concealed-carry permit records confidential or limited public access to them; and the legislatures in Oklahoma and Kansas have sent bills to the governor that would provide “automatic reciprocity for all out-of-state concealed weapon permits.”

In South Dakota, residents with a concealed-carry permit may now carry a pistol while riding a snowmobile; Kentucky has not only removed its six-month-residency requirement for a concealed-carry permit but also instructed state police that they have 30 — not 90 — days to approve applications; Idaho has banned local jurisdictions from refusing to recognize concealed-carry rights; Utah has made it illegal for the state and for local jurisdictions to compel concealed-carry holders to disclose that they are carrying; and Mississippi has clarified the meaning of “concealed,” so that one cannot be prosecuted if a concealed gun becomes temporarily and accidentally visible.

BANG! Ladies & Gentlemen Congratulations!

8 posted on 04/29/2013 3:15:42 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem; All

I think they are understating the case for the reforms to incrementally restore Second Amendment rights. For example, in Mississippi, what was passed was the right to open carry without a permit, not simply a modification of the concealed carry rules:

http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2013/03/concealed-and-open-carry-in-mississippi.html


9 posted on 04/29/2013 3:22:38 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: neverdem

Good news. But not enough!


10 posted on 04/29/2013 3:24:07 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: neverdem

This just demonstrates a further polarization of this country. While these states were furthering 2nd Amendment rights, others were severely restricting them.


11 posted on 04/29/2013 3:25:24 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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I forgot you. BANG! Ladies & Gentlemen Congratulations!
12 posted on 04/29/2013 3:27:20 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: marktwain

Thanks for the link.


13 posted on 04/29/2013 3:31:19 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: fwdude
While these states were furthering 2nd Amendment rights, others were severely restricting them.

I'm waiting to see what happens in Colorado next Election Day and in the Supreme Court after their Heller and McDonald decisions.

14 posted on 04/29/2013 3:38:30 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Related: Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia now allows students to carry concealed weapons on campus.

Bet you that’s one school that won’t get shot up by a lunatic. Or, if it happens, it’ll be a short-lived episode.


15 posted on 04/29/2013 3:39:30 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ( (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization))
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To: neverdem

Not mentioned in the article was the huge reaction to the PA Eastern Sports show. Not a new law, but reaction was massive and unified against anti-2A forces.


16 posted on 04/29/2013 4:33:42 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

That is a good idea. Federal judges need to be limited in a lot of other areas, too.


17 posted on 04/29/2013 4:48:46 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Red in Blue PA
Yes, it was an incredible story of the people rising up in opposition to more infringements on their rights.

The MSM spiked it. Nothing to see. Except, the story got out on the new media. Nowhere near as much coverage, of course, but in the gun culture, it had decent coverage, and people noticed.

Tagline verified.

18 posted on 04/29/2013 4:51:52 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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19 posted on 04/29/2013 5:08:05 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the good news ping!


20 posted on 04/29/2013 5:14:42 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: bigheadfred

Importantly, it will likely take a long time before any of these reforms would pass; but the short term benefits are to hit the gun control leftists on their exposed flank.

They have been playing offense for so long, they have overextended themselves, so hitting them hard where they are soft with inflict serious damage, force them to divert resources away from gun control, and especially throw off the timetable of their attack.


21 posted on 04/29/2013 5:22:49 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I’m going to draft a letter to my pollys.


22 posted on 04/29/2013 5:25:54 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: fwdude; neverdem
Thank you for this story and the ping, neverdem.

While these states were furthering 2nd Amendment rights, others were severely restricting them.

Our freedom and rights today may well be hanging by a thread, fwdude.

You were no doubt thinking of various state legislature re the 2nd A. But can you imagine what would have happened if one had opened their front door for the Boston storm troopers with a handgun tucked in their belt?

What if the troopers had barged into a residence and confronted an occupant who had been stirred out of a deep sleep and reached for his handgun?

Does the "public safety" excuse now justify any breach of the 2nd or the 4th?

It is my understanding the FBI had assumed jurisdiction. This was not a "hot pursuit" event, it was a dragnet based on flimsy evidence at best. Will there be a federal congressional hearing on this brazen display of governmental arrogance, with any meaningful corrective action?

One wonders.

23 posted on 04/29/2013 6:04:34 PM PDT by frog in a pot (Will America do the sensible thing when it realizes a Marxist in the White House is not a good idea?)
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To: neverdem
u know..there was a time I used to “soft carry”..illegally...but now i dont...I can borrow one off the peeps i hang with if i need one....let them do the heavy lifting...*S*
24 posted on 04/29/2013 8:01:58 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: marktwain

We cannot control the lies of dishonest men. But we can control our own actions & words.

Let us see to it that our actions & words are both noble and worthy of the cause of liberty. Rest-assured we shall not go quietly into the darkness.


25 posted on 04/29/2013 8:54:18 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: neverdem

Conservative should take heart, while Washington remains a corrupt machine.

Our States remain our best hope for freedom. It is in our States that we have the Left beat more than 3 to 1. As long as Washington does nothing we need not carry the fight to civil disobedience anywhere except in Colorado and New York where democrats have demonstrated how totalitarian they really are.


26 posted on 04/29/2013 9:04:35 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: bigheadfred

“That is a good idea. Federal judges need to be limited in a lot of other areas, too.”

Frankly I’d like to see almost every one of them kicked out.

The only Federal court we really should have is the Federal supreme court, and their job should be limited to deciding jurisdiction and disputes between the federal legislative and excutive branches.

If that is too much work load for them then maybe a few lower courts can be established specialized in the particular areas.


27 posted on 04/29/2013 11:32:54 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: neverdem

If Lanza ran over the kids in the School Crosswalk driving his Mother’s Chevy Suburban, GM would have had its most profitable month ever because Obama would want SUV’s banned.

Oh that’s right, it only counts when Evil Guns are used by Criminals. My mistake.


28 posted on 04/29/2013 11:47:25 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Compliance with Tyranny is Treason...)
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To: neverdem

I love this country!


29 posted on 04/30/2013 12:41:06 AM PDT by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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Thanks neverdem.


30 posted on 04/30/2013 3:01:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: neverdem

B U M P!


31 posted on 04/30/2013 9:36:41 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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