Given Senator Obama enthusiasm for gun control, President Obama’s silence on the subject is a bit odd. Our man Albright ascribes Obama’s reticence to political savvy: the Prez realizes that taking on the NRA (i.e. gun owners) would put his party on a hiding to nowhere. And yet this is the same President who rammed a hugely unpopular health care bill through Congress. The same Commander-in-Chief who re-nominated Andrew Traver for head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires), when every gun rights advocate in the country is up in arms (though not literally) at the choice. I have another theory on Obama’s gun control side-stepping routine (which may or may not be in force at tonight’s memorial service for Jared Loughner’s victims). First this, from nytimes.com . . .
When President William McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist, he was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt. The new president promptly started carrying a semiautomatic Fabrique Nationale pistol for protection at public events, and keeping it on his bedside table at night. “I should have a chance of shooting the assassin before he could shoot me, if he were near me,” Roosevelt explained (in “Roosevelt As We Knew Him,” by Frederick Wood)
When Roosevelt visited Harvard University, the school’s president, Charles W. Eliot, was chagrined to discover Roosevelt strapping on a holster in his room, ignoring the Massachusetts law restricting concealed handguns. Theodore’s niece Eleanor obtained a revolver shortly after becoming First Lady. ‘I carried it religiously,’ she recalled.
That got me thinking. What if President Obama is packing heat? No really. As far as personal political correctness is concerned, the President smokes cigarettes. ‘Nuff said? And what about this story, previously reported on TTAG, where Obama said he practiced shooting rifles with the Secret Service?
Obama must have known what that revelation would mean to the gun control groups. Or maybe he didn’t care. Maybe he likes to shoot. Maybe he carries a weapon. If either of those statements is true, then perhaps he simply doesn’t want to attack the Second Amendment because, gasp, he believes in it?
I mean, that’s what he SAID: