In 1934, President Roosevelt signed the National Firearms Act. President Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968. In 1993, President Clinton signed The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. During his tenure, President Obama has signed . . . a bill that allows guns in national parks and onto Amtrak trains (one week’s notice, locked container, checked baggage). Fears of a renewed Assault Weapons Ban—that triggered the Great Black Gun Boom and would’ve stopped Sacha from mucking about with ARs—proved groundless. OK, the ATF enabled a little gun running. But that misegos started under Bush. And yes, the ATF wants to create an illegal long gun registry via executive fiat and ban imported tactical shotguns. Bad, but in comparison? Weak beer. So what’s got gun rights’ groups proverbial knickers in a twist? Let’s check in with Fox News . . .
On March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady, who sustained a debilitating head wound in the attack, and his wife, Sarah, came to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on the controversial “large magazines.” Brady, for whom the law requiring background checks on handgun purchasers is named, then met with White House press secretary Jay Carney. During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said.
“I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”
So President Obama drops in on the Bradys to give them some words of encouragement—despite having done sweet FA to push a gun control agenda. The CIC says something incredibly vague and obviously political to soothe the zealots’ brows and suddenly the Obama administration has a secret plan to implement gun control “under the radar”? Not feeling it.
Besides, whose word do we have on this? Sarah Brady is about as objective a “reporter” as Bill O’Reilly (if slightly less annoying). Bottom line: the ATF must die but Obama is not the main problem for gun rights. That honor belongs to the Democrats at the state and local level who wipe their ass with the Second Amendment. Just sayin’.