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February 26, 2009

Obama Administration To Seek Return Of “Assault” Weapons Ban

by Doug Mataconis

Back during the height of the General Election campaign, then-candidate Obama had this to say on the subject of Second Amendment rights:

A woman in the crowd told Obama she had “heard a rumor” that he might be planning some sort of gun ban upon being elected president. Obama trotted out his standard policy stance, that he had a deep respect for the “traditions of gun ownership” but favored measures in big cities to keep guns out of the hands of “gang bangers and drug dealers’’ in big cities “who already have them and are shooting people.”

“If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it,’’ Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.

So he tried again. “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ he said. “This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I’m not going to take away your guns.’’

Well, what a difference an Inauguration makes:

The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,” Holder told reporters.

Change we can believe in !

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3 Comments

  1. Jesus H. Christ! I can’t believe that their justification for gun control in the U.S. is based on problems in Mexico…

    Comment by Steve S. — February 26, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
  2. How moronic. If the entire war on drugs hasn’t stopped the flow of drugs, how on earth will a war on our civil rights to keep and bear arms prevent outlaw gangs from getting guns? Either they really are idiotic to believe it could work, or it’s just another cycnical cover for their ideal of a disarmed populace.

    Comment by ideal — February 26, 2009 @ 8:46 pm
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