One 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.