‘Three-tiered approach’ to gun control a priority for Obama

Obama-Finger-PointingOne of the very few campaign promises President Obama has kept involves something he mentioned at an Oct. 30, 2008, campaign rally in Columbia, Mo.: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

To the detriment of the United States of America, he’s still keeping that promise.

In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the president discussed gun control with the show’s host, David Gregory, in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“I think anybody who was up in Newtown, who talked to the parents, who talked to the families understands that something fundamental in America has to change,” he said, per the Huffington Post.

There’s that word, “fundamental,” again. Upon hearing it, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes tweeted to his followers, “Obama on guns: ‘Something fundamental has to change.’ I think that’s code for ‘We’re going after the Constitution.’”

Obama went on to propose a three-tiered approach to gun control, which he hopes to accomplish in the first year of his second term.

First, he wants to stiffen background checks — especially at gun shows. I’ve heard people complain ad infinitum about the “gun show loophole,” and I don’t have a clue as to what they’re talking about.

The procedure for buying a firearm at a gun show is exactly the same as buying one at a federal firearms licensed dealer. You fill out the lengthy paperwork, they call it in, and if everything checks out, the purchase is approved.

Handguns require a three-day waiting period unless the buyer has a valid concealed carry permit. In all other cases, the transaction can be completed on the same day.

Second, Obama wants an outright ban on the sale of assault rifles. I’m not sure where the term “assault rifle” came from, but I have a nagging suspicion it was devised with the pen of some angry liberal.

An assault rifle is no different than any other semi-automatic rifle, except they, well, look bad. Truth be told, a standard deer-hunting rifle more than likely has more firepower than an assault rifle.

Finally, the president wants an outright ban on all high-capacity magazines.
The purpose of the Second Amendment is self-defense. If a burglar invades my home carrying a weapon with a 15-round magazine, I want one with a 20-round magazine. This is no time to play fair, and criminals have no compunctions about breaking a magazine law. They’re criminals, after all.

If the president truly wants to prevent another Sandy Hook — as we all do — maybe he should encourage communities to follow Arizona’s Maricopa County lead and set up citizen posses.

He should not engage in the same, old tired bans and restrictions that have never worked in the past and will be a failure in the future.

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  • http://bizpacreview.com Darrel Parks

    Just to clarify, waiting periods vary by state. For instance, in my state, Kentucky, there is no waiting period, for either long or handguns. As for the "gun show loophole" they're always whining about, it refers to private in-state transactions. Licensed dealers do have to call in the background check, private sellers don't. In my area "gun trading" is a long standing tradition. So, under the law that would close the "loophole", there could be no more private transactions, everything would have to go through a dealer. Unless they repeal the Constitution, any new law will be unconstitutional, but Obama never seem to be bothered by the Constitution.

  • http://Bizpacreview.com Billie L.Bateson Sr.

    I like many of my age related Americans, still believe that if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns, and deffinately outlaws will use this in their assault of people, lets just hope that some logically calculating Americans will help to prevent the loss of our 2nd ammendment. A true and loving American, Billie

  • James

    I think that the term "assault rifle" goes back to the original assault rifle. During WWII the germans came up with a new rifle. Hitler didn't want a new gun saying that the tried and true Mauser k98 was good enough. His enginiers built it under a fake designation. The mp-44. Machine pistole. It was later when the news came back to Hitler about how his troops likes the new assault rifle that the term was coined. O.K. I looked it up. This is closer. "In late 1944, the MP44 was renamed the Sturmgewehr 44 (StG 44), or Assault Weapon 44 in English, by Hitler himself." It seem as though the term just continued to other models around the world. However a true Assault rifle has the ability to fire in full auto.

  • farmrdave

    "When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns" "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty" Thomas Jefferson. "Keeping and bearing arms is not only a fundamental right; it is a fundamental duty upon which all liberty and sovereignty is based." "A shoot-out is better than a massacre!" "Nothing puts the dignity in personal dignity (or the freedom in personal freedom) like the self in self-rule." "No law ever prevented a crime." "I'd much rather go to my grave never needing my gun, than go there wishing I had it." "Those who deny me the freedom to carry a firearm with which to protect my family and myself, are as complicit and guilty as the perpetrator should we be harmed or murdered by an act of violence." "Know guns, no crime. No guns, know crime." And finally maybe the most pertinent at this time of another four years. You can have my gun when you pry my cold dead fingers from around it.