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The Huffington Post is reporting that the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 has “apparently led to a dramatic increase in the sale of guns and applications for concealed handgun permits. As a result, Obama has been labeled the ‘greatest gun salesman in America,’ by online gun and ammunition retailer Ammo.net.”
But don’t let the title confuse you, it isn’t a compliment, according to the story Ammo.net has said, “President Obama’s perceived hostility towards gun owners has been one of the key factors behind the multi-year financial boom the firearms industry continues to enjoy.”
Due to its good old boy backing – meaning white male conservative Christian rednecks – the National Rifle Association is preparing to (surprise, surprise) oppose the President’s re-election this year.
According to Ammo.net, since the beginning of the President’s term, taxes on the sale of new firearms and ammunition has gone up 48 percent, not due to new federal firearms taxes by-the-way, but to new hoarding of weapons and ammo in fear of a government crack-down, which just goes to show how little most right-wing gun owning nut-jobs understand either our nation’s history or its Constitution. No President can do away with any of the rights guaranteed under the Constitution, it takes an amendment to the Constitution to achieve that you numb nuts.
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre is leading the current charge of fear mongering claiming the President is after our guns.
“Lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment during his second term,” LaPierre told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC this month.
“We see the president’s strategy crystal clear: Get re-elected and, with no more elections to worry about, get busy dismantling and destroying our firearms’ freedom, erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution.”
LaPierre no doubt has a bunker filled with survival equipment and racks of firearms, ready to defend his 2nd Amendment rights, and he’s also no doubt divined this “conspiracy” theory through his tin foil hat.
The President’s made no, repeat NO, moves against either the 2nd Amendment or the Bill of Rights and contrary to LaPierre’s bizarre theories he’s actually expanded gun rights beyond anything any conservative President’s ever done, including Saint Reagan, signing a measure into law allowing Americans to carry guns inside national parks. And according to Huffington, he’s been criticized by his own party, in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, for not enforcing stricter measures on high-capacity ammunition clips, such as the one used by her shooter.
According to the Post, last year, the President went so far as to write an op-ed for the Arizona Daily Star in which he stated that most gun owners are responsible people.
“I believe that if common sense prevails, we can get beyond wedge issues and stale political debates to find a sensible, intelligent way to make the United States of America a safer, stronger place,” he wrote.
Gun owners need to calm down; do you really think if the President wanted your guns the police and military would just gleefully go along with it? Both have sworn oaths to protect and defend the Constitution, not oaths to this or any other President. Time to grow up and stop fear mongering; I have no doubt LaPierre’s opinions have less to do with the 2nd Amendment however and more to do with his pocket book; fear mongering is good for gun sales, and for kick backs to CEO’s of organizations promoting them.
Fourteenth Amendment, Section 4 of the United States Constitution states, “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law…, shall not be questioned.”
In other words, the question of raising – or not raising – the debt ceiling is a constitutional one, and not a political one; thus the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) members of the House who are holding the nation’s credit hostage to force draconian budget cuts are actually violating the very document they claim to love and revere.
But of course to the GOTP the 14th Amendment is also one of the most hated and vilified amendments to the Constitution because it also protects the rights of citizenship of anyone born in the United States, a thorn in the side of conservatives who want to send all “illegal” immigrants and their children – to include the ones born here – packing. Now we know two reasons why the far-right wants to repeal the 14 Amendment.
Regarding the debt however the conservatives need to either follow the Constitution, or not follow it, but they need to stop acting as though it’s a buffet from which you pick and choose what you want, and ignore the rest when it suits you. To coin a well-used conservative phrase, “Love it, or leave it”.