During her speech in front of the NRA, Sarah Palin threw a little red meat to the crowd by claiming that President Obama wants to take away guns and ammo, but the truth is that Obama presidency has been extremely pro-Second Amendment. Obama has been so pro-gun that the Brady Campaign gave his administration him an F on their annual report card.
Palin went with the standard claim that Obama is coming to get their guns and ammo. According to CBS News she said, “Don’t doubt for a minute that, if they thought they could get away with it, they would ban guns and ban ammunition and gut the Second Amendment. It’s the job of all of us at the NRA and its allies to stop them in their tracks.” The problem with this statement is that it is completely untrue.
The first splash of cold water in the face of gun control advocates came when the Obama Administration announced in April 2009 that they would not support reinstating the assault weapons ban. When asked about reinstating the ban at a White House press conference, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “I was asked specifically about assault weapons. I think the president would — the president believes there are other strategies we can take to enforce the laws that are already on our books.” (In case you aren’t sure, Gibbs was answering no to the ban).
In January 2010, the Brady Campaign gave Obama’s first year a big fat F on gun control issues. The report said, “Rather than showing leadership by calling for the stronger laws Candidate Obama had professed to support, the White House muzzled cabinet members who called for sensible gun laws. Administration officials parroted NRA slogans to just “enforce the law on the books,” even though there are few such laws and those are riddled with loopholes. It is no wonder that one pro-gun writer remarked that the NRA “should erect a statue of Barack Obama in front of its D.C. headquarters.”
The report was blunt and called Obama a failure on gun control, “On pursuing sensible solutions to the continuing tragedy of gun violence, President Obama’s first year in office has been a failure. He has failed so far to live up to his campaign promises to strengthen federal gun laws and instead has signed legislation to weaken them.” (This certainly doesn’t sound like the kind of president that is out to take away anyone’s guns or ammo).
I would say that Sarah Palin was lying about Obama’s Second Amendment record, but I don’t think that she actually knows the President’s record on the issue. Palin seemed to be working under the assumption that of course Obama would be against the Second Amendment, because he is a black Democrat. This episode is an example of why Palin can never be taken seriously. Facts are strictly optional with Palin.
She is more worried about delivering applause lines than the truth. We all know that in Sarah Land when the truth doesn’t match her story, she simply changes the facts until it does. Palin is the poster child for the intellectual lazy stereotypical Fox News viewer. The ignorant and narrow minded adore her because she is one of them. She is everything a leader and a role model should never be, and every time that she opens her mouth the IQ of our national dialogue drops ten more points.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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