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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    West Virginia Liberals and Gun Control Comment
    Gregory Morris, 10/7/08 8:08:28 pm
    Remember, when I refer to the "liberals" in my home state, I am not referring to your run-of-the-mill WV Democrats. I believe you can be both honest and a Democrat. Wrong perhaps, but honest.

    Liberals, on the other hand either lie to others for their own gain, or to themselves in order to feel better about being wrong. Modern "liberals" who brand themselves as "progressive" are nothing more than Marxists.

    Here is a good example of a liberal pretending to be an honest Democrat. Although there are many points in this article I could discuss, this is a gun blog, so I'll stick to the topic that matches my title image. According to WVa Blue Blogger Jeremiah:
    Obama will not take your guns.
    First of all, I know Obama won't take away my guns. Reason one: good frickin' luck taking my guns. Reason two: Barack wouldn't personally take away my guns, he'd likely use government thugs to do it.

    In all seriousness, I don't think my guns would be confiscated under an Obama presidency. Obama would never have the political power to pull off any sort of confiscation. That isn't what worries me. What does concern me is that he will, without any doubt, sign any gun control legislation that lands on his desk. With a Democrat-controlled congress, you can be sure that will include another ban on "scary looking" semi-automatic firearms. The likely langauge of an "Assault Weapons" ban would reach much further than the basically impotent one signed by Clinton. In addition, there will likely be bills introduced in Congress which further restrict who can own a gun, what additional hoops you have jump through to get a gun, and what kind of ammunition you can own.

    The new laws will not force me to relinquish my firearms, but it will deny me and my neighbors and my children the right to ever purchase them again. They will restrict an ever-shrinking right to keep and bear arms. Gun control lobbyists argue that the Heller case guarantees the right to own a firearm. The ruling, however, leaves a lot of room for restrictions aimed at killing off shooing sports, hunting, and our traditions. If you don't believe that Obama wants to see the destruction of America's tradition of individualism, which is intrinsically tied to gun ownership, then you aren't paying attention.

    What also worries me is that Barack Obama seems to not understand the issue of gun control. He sees it from a very narrow perspective, filtered through a far-left liberal lens. Guns are an easy target to attack when you want to seem tough on crime. Everyone loves a politician who is tough on crime, right?

    The problem is, people like Obama either fail to see the complete lack of correlation between gun control and crime levels, or he will consciously ignore the facts for his own political gain. I personally believe that the latter is the case, but I'd be willing to give Obama-supporters the benefit of the doubt (What can I say, I'm in a good mood today...) However, to be honest in this regard, you MUST admit that Obama doesn't understand the cold hard facts. Show me one Obama supporter who would admit that, and I'll destroy all my guns and join PETA.

    Besides, I think there is legitimate proof that Obama has been exposed to the facts. He ignores them because they conflict with his collectivist ideology. Proof? One, he continues to maintain that the Second Amendment has something to do with hunting. This tells me he is more interested in pandering to a voting block than upholding an actual constitutional right. Two, he still maintains that a complete ban on handguns is constitutional, even though the Supreme Court has ruled to the contrary. He's supposed to be a "Constitutional Scholar"!

    What differentiates Obama supporters from McCain supporters, especially with regard to the issue of gun control, is that Obama supporters will fall over themselves to try and downplay his (again, I'm being generous here) less-than-stellar record on the Second Amendment. Most of us "gun nuts" will openly criticize McCain for his record on the issue. Obama supporters ignore it, try to cover for him or in the case of AHSA, lie for him. Most Obama supporters blindly accept his word that he "supports" the Second Amendment. Consider, for one moment that regardless of your feelings for Obama, you are accepting the "word" of a politician during an election cycle. He may be the "candidate for change". He may offer "Hope". But he is still a politician, and his primary goal is still to win. Never forget that.

    The fact is, Obama is not good on this issue. His beliefs fall outside of the mainstream, and they are not in line with most Americans.
    This issue is especially important to me because I do not think a society can be free if it is unarmed.
    This issue is important to me to, for the same reason. Jeremiah makes the crucial point as the freedom that can only be enjoyed by an armed society. Unfortunately, he doesn't understand what it means. The freedom guaranteed by our right to keep and bear arms is the freedom to both ward off tyranny, and to fight it should the need arise. Obama openly and proudly states that he will support an "Assault Weapons Ban". Let me ask you, precisely what weapon would you choose in a war against tyranny? Your daddy's goose gun, or a modern tactical rifle? If you don't believe that Americans have the right to own military-grade small arms, then you don't believe that the Second Amendment guarantees our ability to fight tyranny.

    I am a staunch advocate of gun rights and I know Obama will not take my or your guns away.
    I'm sorry, but I simply can't believe anyone who calls themselves a "staunch advocate" for gun rights, then endorses someone who's views are in such stark contrast to their supposed advocacy.

    Even if Jeremiah chooses to endorse Obama, he should at least be honest about Obama's anti-Second-Amendment history and likely future. For me that is a deal-breaker. For others it may not be, and that's fine, but it doesn't help anyone to be dishonest about it.

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