Barack Obama’s home town newspaper, the Chicago Sun Times, reports:
Nationally, background checks for gun purchases jumped nearly 49 percent during the week Obama was elected, compared with the same time period last year, according to the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System.
But then reports that President-elect Obama claims:
“I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment,” Obama said at a news conference. “Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven’t indicated anything different during the transition. I think people can take me at my word.”
Thanks, Erkel Urkel, but I will pay more attention to your strongly anti-gun positions and votes before you ran for President rather than accepting your new platitudes about it. You know, the best predictor of future actions are past behaviors. The NRA very reasonably responds:
But National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said it’s not Obama’s words — but his legislative track record — that has gun-buyers flocking to the stores.
“Prior to his campaign for president, his record as a state legislator and as a U.S. Senator shows he voted for the most stringent forms of gun control, the most Draconian legislation, gun bans, ammunition bans and even an increase in federal excise taxes up to 500 percent for every gun and firearm sold,” Arulanandam said.
All it is going to take is one nut job going on a killing spree and we are going to see immediate legislation on Obama’s desk pushing for stricter gun control. The Chicago Sun Times admits (like a dutiful apologist):
Obama answered “yes” in 1996 to a questionnaire from an Illinois group on whether he supported a handgun ban. But he later said a staffer filled out that answer and he did not support a ban.
Nice attempt, but they fail to mention that the survey has comments in his handwriting in the margins. This guy has proven, even to the self-labeled progressives (oh how I hate that self-congratulatory label, which is simply a new codeword for socialist) that he was willing to say anything to get elected, why would he stop saying whatever is convenient now?