In light of the Obama administration’s move to outlaw ammo for one of the nation’s most popular rifles, a look back at the president’s various promises to dismantle the Second Amendment is in order.
Today we learned that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would be recategorizing M855 AR-15 ammo as “armor piercing rounds,” despite the ammo containing lead which should exempt it from the law’s classification.
The ban would effectively dry up the ammo supply for the embattled, but still popular AR-15, and would be a devastating blow to gun owners and the Second Amendment, but the move isn’t unexpected from the Obama administration, who has consistently shown itself to be an enemy of gun rights.
1. Obama has a name for people who love the Second Amendment
In the run-up to the 2008 election, Obama had choice words regarding gun owners when he made a campaign stop in San Francisco, labeling people who support gun rights “bitter clingers.”
“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama said. “And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
2. ‘With or Without Congress’
During the 2014 State of The Union Address, Obama made it clear that he would “take action without Congress” to pass more strict gun control laws.
“I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.” Obama said.
“Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day,” he continued. “I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say ‘we are not afraid.’”
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) January 29, 2014
3. In wake of Sandy Hook, 23 executive orders were ready to restrict firearms ownership
Less than a month following the December 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, the Obama administration drew up 23 executive orders aiming to restrict firearms ownership, which included plans to have the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “research causes and prevention of gun violence,” and which ordered doctors to ask patients about “guns in their homes.”
Among the proposed rules was a stronger data sharing network for the federal background check system, the launch of a national safe and responsible gun ownership propaganda campaign and requirements for the ATF to send rules to gun dealers regarding “how to run background checks for private sales.”
4. Obama Endorsed Australian-style Gun Ban
During a live discussion last June concerning student loan debt, Obama made a swipe at guns, claiming gun violence was “off the charts.”
“Levels of gun violence are off the charts,” he told Tumblr founder Dave Karp. “There is no advanced developed country on Earth that would put up with this.”
Obama then went on to praise Australia’s “very severe” gun laws, touting them as the reason the island has not had a recent mass shooting.
“Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown,” Obama said. “And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not doing, we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since.”
The fact that Australia suffers from other types of violent crime, such as mass stabbings, is ignored.
5. Eric Holder’s “Brainwashing statements”
One need simply look at the man who heads up the Obama Justice Department, Eric Holder, to recognize that the administration’s war on guns is part of a broader top-down, anti-gun propaganda campaign.
Speaking at a Women’s National Democratic Club conference in 1995, Holder expressed that it was important to “really, really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”
“What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes,” Holder outlined.
Watch for yourself:
Holder, who had previously worked as then-Senator Obama’s senior legal advisor, was nominated for the role of Attorney General after Obama won the 2008 election.