Obama exhibits the typical elitism I've come to expect from him, as he is apparently pleased with the fact that his daughters are protected by men with guns.
His statement is as follows, Via SaysUncle
"Hold on a sec. Maybe that home-schooling is all right. One reason I have to win here is so that I've got Secret Service around my girls at all times. They carry guns."
So Obama believes guns are appropriate and effective protection for himself and his family, but that millions of other American families should be denied access to the same protection? That attitude exemplifies everything I find most contemptible about this man. He and his family are worthy of protection, but he's more than happy to give the rest of us the finger.
Remember, in a February 20, 2004 article in the Chicago Tribune Obama was quoted as saying,
"National legislation will prevent other states' flawed concealed- weapons laws from threatening the safety of Illinois residents."
Obama again came out against CCW in April 2008, when he was quoted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Obama stated,
"I am not in favor of concealed weapons," "I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations."
So we have Obama, on record, stating that he believes concealed carry to be not only unsafe, but a public safety threat that should be addressed by a Federal law banning the practice. (never mind all evidence proves him wrong) Why is it OK for his family to be protected by men with concealed weapons while he actively seeks to deny that right to others?
It should also be noted that Obama is being blatantly hypocritical on the 10th Amendment here. (surprise, surprise) He was quoted in the Chicago Sun Times in April 2008 saying,
"My view continues to be that the constitution, I believe, does provide a right to bear arms; but that local communities, and state governments, as well as the federal government, have a right to common-sense regulations"
Obama believes state and local governments have a right to decide their own gun laws. If that's the case then don't states have the authority to enact shall-issue CCW, or allow carry without a permit if those are the "common-sense regulations" they decide are best for their citizens?
Obama only supports the "right" of local communities to enact their own laws if that means enacting strict gun control. In Obama's mind those "rights"only apply if a state wishes to curtail the rights of its citizens but not if it means allowing Americans more freedom. Why else would he support a Federal ban on CCW if he really believed such things should be left up to "local communities?" Why would he support re-instating the Clinton Federal Assault Weapons Ban? Those federal bans would supercede the policies of local communities. Only a lying hypocrite would say local communities have a choice in the matter while pushing for federal restrictions that would be binding against local communities, effectively denying them choice with regards to gun laws.
Oh, and someone should really tell Obama that citizens have rights while states and governments have powers. I can't help but question Barack's abilities as a Constitutional Law professor given his apparent inability to understand such a basic distinction. Nor does Obama understand that Constitutional rights are inherent and inalienable, and that they exist independent of the Constitution. That's a concept any Con Law professor should understand.
Obama apparently believes the Constitution and Bill of Rights "create" rights rather than protects pre-existing rights against government intrusion. Obama specifically says that the 2nd Amendment "creates an individual rights" in his statements regarding protecting the rights of western sportsmen. I'm merely a youngin' with a lowly B.A. in Political Science and Public Law, yet even I understand that basic tenet of Constitutional Law. I could have sworn I read somewhere that individual rights were inherent & inalienable. Perhaps Obama just needs to enlighten me, or maybe if he and Michelle can "fix my soul" I'll have a spiritual awakening and see Constitutional Rights the way Obama does? I doubt it.