Facing Firm Opposition, Obama Renews Assault on Gun Rights

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As lawmakers face overwhelming pressure from constituents to uphold the Second Amendment and beat back what even some Democrats have called the u201Cextremeu201D Obama administration-led assault on gun rights, the White House and its allies are pushing hard to shore up dwindling support. Despite the firm backing of radical groups like the Brady Campaign as well as billionaire anti-freedom zealot and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, however, lawmakers are largely still standing up against the vicious assault on citizens' rights. Speaking weeks before the Senate is expected to vote on a range of bills infringing on the unalienable right of Americans to keep and bear arms, Obama relied almost exclusively on half-baked emotional appeals rather than facts to push his controversial agenda. Mentioning last year's Newtown massacre over a half-dozen times in his short speech – and continually harping on children murdered mostly in so-called u201Cgun free zonesu201D – the president sounded increasingly desperate as he begged lawmakers and the public to advance his unconstitutional assault on the Second Amendment. u201CWe all feel that it is our first impulse, as parents, to do everything we can to protect our children from harm; to make any sacrifice to keep them safe; to do what we have to do to give them a future where they can grow up and learn and explore, and become the amazing people they're destined to be,u201D Obama said as his own children were under the protection of heavily armed Secret Service agents. u201CThat's why, in January, Joe Biden, leading a task force, came up with, and I put forward, a series of common-sense proposals to reduce the epidemic of gun violence and keep our kids safe.u201D Of course, in keeping with his long track-record of distorting the truth, the president claimed that all of his radical proposals were u201Cconsistent with the Second Amendment.u201D Instead of infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners, Obama claimed, his agenda would merely keep guns out of the hands of u201Cdangerousu201D people – military veterans, for example, who may have suffered from PTSD after returning from the federal government's lawless wars abroad. u201CAnd this is our best chance in more than a decade to take common-sense steps that will save lives,u201D he claimed in the spirit of never letting a crisis go to waste, apparently oblivious to studies consistently showing that more guns are correlated with less crime. u201CAs I said when I visited Newtown just over three months ago, if there is a step we can take that will save just one child, just one parent, just another town from experiencing the same grief that some of the moms and dads who are here have endured, then we should be doing it. We have an obligation to try.u201D Among the proposals Obama touted was a deeply controversial effort to create u201Cuniversal background checksu201D – a measure that analysts and critics have long pointed out is simply a backdoor scheme to create a national registry of weapons. While its proponents say the measure would help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the facts show otherwise. Criminals, by definition, do not obey the law. Instead, prominent gun rights activists say the real agenda is to compile a record of who owns weapons, something governments worldwide have done throughout history prior to confiscation and oftentimes mass-murder. “The instant background check is gun registration,u201D Gun Owners of America (GOA) chief Larry Pratt told The New American in a phone interview, adding that it was crucial for Congress stop it. u201CThe government will not answer when we ask how they are destroying the names and addresses, as required by law, of those that have been checked. They just don’t respond; ‘so sue us’ is kind of the attitude that they have.u201D Other assaults on the Second Amendment Obama pushed in his speech include the radical so-called u201CAssault Weapons Ban.u201D The deeply unpopular legislation is almost universally expected to crash and burn, with some analysts suggesting it may be a way to let vulnerable Democrats vote against it to shore up support from overwhelmingly pro-gun rights constituents. Another proposal would purport to ban standard-capacity magazines used in tens of millions of semi-automatic guns all across America. Of course, Obama bemoaned the fact that tens of millions of Americans and numerous grassroots organizations like the National Rifle Association (NRA) and GOA are resisting his lawless attack. u201CThey're doing everything they can to make all our progress collapse under the weight of fear and frustration,u201D he whined in an Orwellian manner, calling on his supporters to get behind his unlawful schemes and lobby Congress. For Obama, however, u201Cprogressu201D appears to be defined as restricting freedom ever more vigorously. Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, took it a step further, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons and standard-capacity magazines was only the start of the assault. u201CLet me say this as clearly as I can: This is just the beginning,u201D Biden claimed on a conference call organized by Bloomberg's u201CMayors Against Illegal Guns,u201D which is pouring millions of dollars into the full-blown assault on the Second Amendment. u201CWe believe that weapons of war have no place on our streets.u201D

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