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Obama: I believe in the 2nd Amendment

He tells a Mexican reporter that when asked about ‘vetoing’ the second amendment. That’s gotta sting, for the Brady Bunch.

25 Responses to “Obama: I believe in the 2nd Amendment”

  1. Gunmart Says:

    You know how I know he is lying?…

  2. Mad Saint Jack Says:

    John Lott: And he said, “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2116714/posts

  3. Dean Says:

    Whether Obama ‘believes’ or not is irrelavent. As an officer of the Federal Government, he is sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution. Not that he has shown any understanding of that document.

  4. Jason Says:

    He has already refused to enforce Federal law (DOMA), so I don’t have a lot of faith in his beliefs.

  5. Ed Says:

    I think the main point of the post isn’t whether Obama is suddenly pro gun. He manifestly is not. It’s that Obama is also not going to risk an iota of his political capital on gun control, which is probably causing the Brady Bunch to drink heavily. And me to laugh. And laugh. And laugh.

  6. Paul B Says:

    I would second the politcal capital thing. I would not trust the man for one second however as he has shown little or no loyalty to anything.

  7. Ian Argent Says:

    He hasn’t yet acted to stop the loosening of federal gun restrictions coming out of Congress. Not that there’s been much possibility that he would, given that they’ve been attached to other stuff he wants. But his official acts have been neutral to pro gun.

  8. Ian Argent Says:

    Went to the link, and this jumped out at me: “It does provide for Americans the right to bear arms for their protection, for their safety.” Words are words, true. But that’s some interesting words for him to say

  9. Ed Says:

    Paul B is right not to trust BHO, but it is still fun to rub it in Sugarmann, Helmke, etc.’s faces, no?

  10. Matthew Carberry Says:

    @ Jason

    To be precise, he is not going to defend DOMA in Court but the DOJ will still be enforcing it.

  11. Stephen Says:

    Kind of along the same lines on what Ian Argent pointed out.

    The dialogue from the video (according to the link) quotes President Obama as saying “Well, the Second Amendment in this country is part of our Constitution, and the president of the United States is bound by our Constitution. So I believe in the Second Amendment.”

    His use of the word “So”, as well as the preceding logic he provided, suggests that he himself doesn’t personally believe in the second amendment, but that by virtue of his office he has to believe in it.

  12. mariner Says:

    Not exactly. By virtue of his office he must sometimes pretend to believe it.

  13. Jake Says:

    To be precise, he is not going to defend DOMA in Court but the DOJ will still be enforcing it.

    To be even more precise, a federal court has already declared Section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional.

    What Obama has decided is to not continue the appeal of that decision and to not defend it in other court cases. If he actually agrees with the court that it is unconstitutional, then that decision fits with his oath to defend the Constitution.

  14. karrde Says:

    You mean Obama, a former ConLaw professor, didn’t give Mexican reporter a quick thumbnail sketch of what the President can veto?

    ‘Cause my understanding is that he can’t veto things that aren’t bills from the current Congress…

    If I were him, and I wished to avoid giving either a ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ to the gun-control issue, I would have simply said ‘No, it is not within the President’s power to veto portions of the Constitution as Amended.’

  15. The Packetman Says:

    “‘No, it is not within the President’s power to veto portions of the Constitution as Amended.’”

    That answer gives him entirely too little opportunity to hear himself talk …..

  16. Cato the Elder Says:

    “That answer gives him entirely too little opportunity to hear himself talk”

    Or more accurately…too little opportunity to hear himself read from a teleprompter.

  17. Maxpwr Says:

    And Satan believes in God. He just doesn’t follow him.

  18. Gun Blobber Says:

    Wow, how many commenters actually clicked the link and watched the video? I was actually kind of impressed by it.

    First off: to karrde et al: His first response is “The Second Amendment is part of our Constitution, and the president … is bound by our Constitution.” So yeah, he leads off with that, he can’t just change it and in fact is forced to obey it.

    Secondly: the “So” part. If you listen to his reply on the video, there is a significant pause between the “So” and the “I”. The “So” is there as part of one of Obama’s typical verbal tics where he says something noncommittal to break up a pause while he thinks of what he’s going to say next. His speech patterns are such that you can tell that he sort of composes stuff in his head, and then spits it out. A full transcript of that sentence would be more like “Uh, so, uh… I believe in the Second Amendment.” The last 6 words are said pretty much as quickly as he can get them out, while the first part is drawn out and said a little under his breath. Continuing on, you can hear him doing the same thing: “Uh, it, it does provide for, uh, uh, Americans (pause) the right to bear arms for their protection, uh, for, uh, their safety…”. So I wouldn’t put too much analysis into the “So” to denote a logical progression; it seems to me more like a stalling tactic or throwaway word while he thinks of the next thing he’s going to say.

    Doesn’t mean he’s not lying, but it does show you have to listen to the actual words before putting too fine a point on little connecting words.

  19. ctr Says:

    I’m not impressed. As president that is the only thing he COULD say and not get strung up.

    I would be impressed if he not only said what he said, but then continued and asked why Mexico DOESN’T have the right to bear arms for all of its citizens.

  20. Lyle Says:

    Obama believes in the 2A the same way I believe in Marxism. I believe that Marxism exists, while disagreeing with it completely. To say that he doesn’t believe in it is to say that he believes it does not exist.

    You have to understand how communists think and talk. It’s all implication, evasion and obfuscation.

  21. Crotalus Says:

    If he says that he believes in the 2A, yet thinks that people shouldn’t own guns, he has a very strange version of the 2A.

  22. Captain Holly Says:

    Ed is correct: This is not a Road-to-Damascus conversion on the subject of guns, but a halfway smart politician realizing he’s in no position to stir up a hornet’s nest.

  23. SoupOrMan Says:

    Again this shows the rest-of-the-world worldview vs. the American worldview.

    “Why don’t you just just veto the 2nd Amendment?” is basically asking him “Since you’re the king, why don’t you disarm the peasants? Our presidents are kings and they do that. Why aren’t you acting like a king?”

  24. Paul Says:

    Obama said what he said cause it won’t be long till he has to run for re-election and right now he would lose any election, even for the post of ‘community organizer’ right now.

    And he knows that.

  25. Ron W Says:

    SoupOrMan,

    You nailed it!!

    And our “leaders”, including Barry, wish they were like the rest-of-the-world so they could disarm us into the peasants, serfs, slaves they want us to be.