Skip to comments.Fmr. Obama Senior Adviser Calls for Gun Confiscation ‘Similar to the One Australia Instituted’
Posted on 10/11/2017 4:58:55 PM PDT by markomalley
Former Obama White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer called for the United States to implement an Australian-style gun confiscation program in an article published on Wednesday.
Former President Barack Obama previously said in 2016 that the United States should consider following the example of Australia, which enacted a "mandatory buy-back" of guns and created a gun registry. Pfeiffer echoed that view in Wednesday's article, published on Crooked, a media site founded by three former Obama staffers. Pfeiffer argued Democrats should propose such a program and outlined an extensive regimen of gun restrictions that Democrats could support, advising they stop "insincere pandering" to gun owners.
"We are nibbling around the edges instead of proposing bold, meaningful solutions," Pfeiffer wrote. His suggestions included implementing a national gun registry, mandating "smart-gun technology," and rolling-out a buy-back program similar to Australias.
Pfeiffer accused Democrats of being "brainwashed" into expressing support for the Second Amendment and the culture of gun owners.
"Democratic politicians have been brainwashed by political hacks like me to begin all of their statements about guns by declaring support for the Second Amendment and a deep affinity for the cultures of hunters and sportsmen," Pfeiffer wrote.
He suggested Democrats failures only indicate they should ramp up their ambitions on gun control.
"The Democratic gun control strategy fails because it is defined by this poverty of ambitionthe determination never to look beyond fear of political repercussions," he wrote, going on to propose a series of unprecedented actions to curtail gun rights in America.
Pfeiffer justified his position, not by calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment as some recently have done, but rather, by saying the Second Amendment does not actually protect an individual's right to own a gun.
"The interpretation of the Second Amendment that prevails on the far right today was reverse-engineered to pander to fantasists," he wrote.
He rested his case on his broad criticism of the District of Columbia v. Heller Supreme Court decision, but he said, regardless, the Second Amendment is outmoded.
"The Second Amendment is in many ways an anachronism, framed before the age of drones and cruise missiles, when a well-armed civilian militia have actually been capable of turning back a foreign invasion," Pfeiffer wrote. "Times change. This is not Red Dawn. You are not Patrick Swayze. Chill out."
While some have argued the Second Amendment was only intended for defense against foreign invaders, the interpretation has not held up in the Supreme Court. Instead, the Court has interpreted "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms" literally. Nonetheless, the former Obama advisor is confident that retaking the courts will let Democrats move beyond the "ridiculous" precedent regarding the Second Amendment.
"It is certainly true that our short-term policy positions must pass the Heller test, but it is also a major strategic error to confine our vision to a Supreme Court decision that many legal scholars find ridiculous and many generations of judges would find astonishing," Pfeiffer wrote.
Pfeiffer comes to the conclusion that Democrats would be politically wise to stop trying to win over so-called gun voters by pandering, like they do now.
"None of this is to say that Democrats should write off gun voters, but we should stop trying to win them over with insincere pandering on the gun issue," he wrote.
"We have failed to date because we have failed to make robust, courageous, and honest arguments to the country," Pfeiffer added.
That’s a fine way to start a Civil War. Let’s do this!
Yeah, WTF ever, General Gage
Why Kenya’s worst should never have been president.
When the British were marching towards Concord to raid the armory Capt. Johnny Parker said, “If it’s war they want, let it begin here, let it begin now”
Thus rang out the shot heard around the world
Every Australian white South African and white Zimbabian I have spoken with has said getting rid of guns was the worst mistake they made. Crime went and is sky high. I have heard Australians say the same thing. Apparently many of them do not feel safe in their own homes.
Why don’t we hear this on our news?
Liberals/globalists pro Islamic groupies will never understand until the US is in the same situation as Europe. I won’t wait that long.
When the Brits tried to take the gun powder that was the final catalyst for the Revolutionary War.
A lot of us think that GWB wasn’t the greatest possible president. But, had the Dems toned down their anti-gun rhetoric, we would very likely have had Al Gore as President, who I think we can all agree is insane.
and believe me it’s not Baltimore, Detroit, South Chicago etc whose guns they want to confiscate...
Never heard of this a**hole. He/she/it should be strung up by his junk.
They cannot use the same trickery, the gradual implementation, obfuscation, the "moderatism" or becoming "New Democrats" on guns as they have for many other issues, like they call abortion "reproductive rights."
This is simply a losing issue for them, and Pfeiffer is writing this out of frustration. So his belief is that the Democrats should say the Hell with it and go deep. But doing so would only give the party a clean, quick death rather than a slow, agonizing one.
Come and get them, Danny boy.
He wants the government to take 400,000,000 firearms away from 153,000,000 Americans?
Try it, b&%$h!
They’ll have to take the ammo first.....
Doubt you could get a string around it, let alone a rope.
Reason number 1 is because he is not a natural born citizen.
His foreign national father made him a British subject at birth.
Our Constitution was violated.
Everyone in the District of Corruption was complicit.
So is the 13th Amendment. There has not been slavery here in 150 years. So let's repeal the 13th Amendment as 'outmoded'.
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