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Obama’s Guns and Constitution Problem

Tuesday, September 16, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Jake Tapper catches up with Obama’s gun problem, and correctly notes that Obama’s bizarre, rambling answer on guns to a friendly Pennsylvania audience on Friday September 5th has “ricocheted around the country,” but Jake doesn’t tell you why.

In a nutshell: Obama concluded his curiously defensive answer that day with a hypothetical:

“The bottom line is this. If you’ve got a rifle, you’ve got a shotgun, you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it away. Alright? So they can keep on talking about it but this is just not true. And by the way, here’s another thing you’ve got to understand. Even if I wanted to take it away, I couldn’t get it done. I don’t have the votes in Congress.”

The idea that Second Amendment rights depend on Congressional inaction due to a lack of votes is the give-away here. First Amendment rights cannot be curtailed by Congressional Action. Fourth Amendment rights are not subject to majority vote. Gun owners and and originalists wonder why Obama is conceding that majorities in House and Senate can take guns away.

Gun owners don’t believe Obama’s reassurances because he talked too much and gave too much away.

Very much like his entire campaign.

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