Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Look what's back

It seems that the Big O's "Urban Policy" has made a comeback:

Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.

Geeze what a bunch of asshatery. Where to start, where to start....

I guess we go in order, starting with an outright lie on the part of the President-elect. The Tiahrt Amendment does not restrict the ability on any law enforcement agency to access gun trace information, as long as they are investigating a crime. What it does do is prevent the release of gun trace information so that the unscrupulous can conduct warrantless fishing expeditions. It would seem that the Big O has an issue with Fourth Amendment rights.

Next, we have this part about "respecting the Second Amendment rights of gun owners". OK, we can call BS on this one and move on. Obama is no friend of the Second Amendment.

Oh, and we want to keep guns out of the hands of children and criminals. 20,000+ gun laws haven't accomplished this, so we'll throw a few more into the mix. I bet that works really well.

And we need to close that nasty (and mythical) "gun show loophole". You know, that thing that says, as an individual, you can sell a gun to another individual, as long as you reasonably don't suspect them of being a prohibited person. Yeah, property rights and free enterprise suck, don't they?

And lastly, we want to make permanent (and greatly expand, I'd bet) the old and discredited Clinton-era "Assualt Weapons Ban". I'm not a lawyer, but think this one might have a hard time with that Heller thingy. Obama really has issues with the Second Amendment, doesn't he.

You almost have to wonder if there is a part of the Constitution he actually likes.

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