Sunday, March 02, 2008

Notes from the Obamarama

This from REASON Online:
Under the Second Amendment, Barack Obama says, "There is an individual right to bear arms, but it is subject to common-sense regulation, just like most of our rights are subject to common-sense regulation." The leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination thus seems to be on the same wavelength as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which in a decision last March said "the protections of the Second Amendment are subject to the same sort of reasonable restrictions that have been recognized as limiting, for instance, the First Amendment."

But there is a crucial difference between these superficially similar formulations: The appeals court meant what it said, and Obama doesn't. Although the Illinois senator has learned to pay lip service to the Second Amendment, the details of his past and present positions on gun control suggest he neither understands nor respects the right to keep and bear arms.
It's not surprising that Obama sees nothing unconstitutional about this situation, since he does not acknowledge that the Second Amendment has anything to do with self-defense. "As a former constitutional law professor, Barack Obama understands and believes in the constitutional right of Americans to bear arms," his website claims. "He will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport, and use guns for the purposes of hunting and target shooting" (emphasis added).

This is the only substantive discussion of the Second Amendment on Obama's website. It's part of a document that lists "Protecting Gun Rights" as a subcategory of "Supporting the Rights and Traditions of Sportsmen," which is like listing "Protecting Freedom of Speech" as a subcategory of "Supporting the Rights and Traditions of Auctioneers."
There's a surprise...a Chicago-area pol who doesn't understand the Second Amendment.


Anonymous said...

It's like the man said " The Second Amendment isn't about duck hunting..."

Anonymous said...

"There's a surprise...a Chicago-area pol who doesn't understand the Second Amendment."

More like a Chicago area Pol Pot.
I believe the outcome could be the same.

Anonymous said...

Protecting "transport" of firearms? Well, I guess that means he comes down on the side of those poor souls that travel through NC area airports then. They get challenged, harassed and threatened by the cops if they aren't NY permit holders - even if they are just passing through.

Anonymous said...

Obama should be reminded that if common-sense were so common, more people would have it.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Yes, this is just what we need more common sense regulation of the rights spelled out in the other 9 amendments...

Let's see... it is only common sense that the Sunday morning church go-ers cause too much traffic on their way to and from church. Therefore, we need to limit them to just one church related gathering per month.

The architectural detailings of some of the churches just look evil. Those pointey steeple things, they're dangerous, man! We need to get rid of 'em.

It's blatantly obvious that with today's technology, journalists are too quick to report the news. Look at how many articles they can put out in such a short amount of time. The only solution then is to limit them to word processors which can be typed up to speeds of 30 words a minute. Anything faster than will require a special 200 dollar tax stamp, a serial number, and a registration document.

Since the economy is going down the tubes, we need to keep people working. So no more jury duties, okay? All trials from here on out will be decided by just a judge.

Well, since we're talking about the economy already, it only makes common sense to jack up the bail amounts. I mean our governments desperately need the subje...err... I mean citizens' money.

And how else can we save money... I know! Let's put our troops up in people's homes. We can cut out our GI's per diem and travel voucher process.

I mean that only makes common sense, right?