March 4, 2011
It was yet another example demonstrating that some people in Mexico just don’t understand the concept of liberty, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
During a press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Thursday at the White House, a Mexican reporter asked Obama why he has not simply vetoed the Second Amendment.
Remarkably, nobody busted out laughing.
Obama admitted he is sworn to uphold the Constitution, including the right of Americans to possess firearms. He said Americans have the right to own guns to defend themselves and go hunting.
“Well, the Second Amendment in this country is part of our Constitution, and the president of the United States is bound by our Constitution,” Obama said. “So I believe in the Second Amendment. It does provide for Americans the right to bear arms for their protection, for their safety, for hunting, for a wide range of uses.”
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Obama did not mention the real reason the Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights.
Establishment politicians rarely do.
It is said Obama is a constitutional scholar, and yet he seems clueless about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
As a student of the Constitution, he should know that the Constitution establishes a government of limited powers and the first ten amendments of the Bill of Rights secure individual rights against the intrusion of government.
Put in its proper context, the Second Amendment is about preventing government intrusion, not deer hunting or self defense against criminals.
Mexicans – or at least those who work for newspapers and are selected to ask Obama questions – are oblivious to the concept of individual rights and the responsibility of an individual to prevent the government from devolving into a tyranny, as government left unchecked invariably does.
Thus it should come as no surprise when they ask stupid questions.