A week ago, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida. The topic of his speech was Obama’s hidden agenda to gut our Second Amendment rights.
Here is an excerpt from the speech (a video of the full speech is below):
They’ll say gun owners — they’ll say they left them alone…In public, the president will remind us that he’s put off calls from his party to renew the old Clinton ban, that he hasn’t pushed for new gun control laws…The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the Second Amendment. But it’s a big fat stinking lie!…It’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country…Before the president was even sworn into office, they met and they hatched a conspiracy of public deception to try to guarantee his re-election in 2012… They concocted a scheme to stay away from the gun issue, lull gun owners to sleep, and play us for fools in 2012!
LaPierre’s full-throated conspiracy charge against the Obama Administration didn’t sit well with comedian Jon Stewart. Here’s a video of Stewart’s Daily Show bit on LaPierre’s speech:
Stewart’s closing remarks with respect to LaPierre’s charges:
Barack Obama will court his liberal base by running on change, get elected, fail to deliver the change with a Congress from his same party, thus alienating that base in an attempt to win over the people that hate him no matter what, ensuring his victory in 2012, where he and a Congress from the opposing party can finally take away all your guns.
It’s just so crazy, IT’S FUCKING CRAZY!!!
So, who makes the better argument?
Are LaPierre’s conspiratorial accusations legit? Or is Stewart right about LaPierre going overboard?
Well, before you make your decision here are some facts to consider.
First, Obama did sign legislation that allows gun owners to carry concealed loaded firearms at National Parks and wildlife refuges.
However, and on the other hand, Obama has also endorsed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’s multiple sales tracking for rifle purchases in border-states. The mandate requires weapons dealers in Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico to contact the ATF when an individual purchases two or more semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines within a five-day period.
As for his thoughts on the matter of guns and gun control, Obama stated the following in an op-ed that was published in the Arizona Daily Star shortly after the shooting in Tucscon:
“Clearly, there’s more we can do to prevent gun violence. Some will say that anything short of the most sweeping anti-gun legislation is a capitulation to the gun lobby… while others will predictably cast any discussion as the opening salvo in a wild-eyed scheme to take away everybody’s guns. Most gun-control advocates know that most gun owners are responsible citizens and most gun owners know that the word ‘commonsense’ isn’t a code word for ‘confiscation. I want this to at least be the beginning of a new discussion on how we can keep America safe for all our people.”
LaPierre was invited to the White House to discuss how to reduce gun violence in America following the Loughner spree shooting. He declined Obama’s offer.
“Why should I or the N.R.A. go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?” LaPierre asked.
And lastly, when people talk of conspiracies, it always helps to take a step back and follow the money. That is to say, who stands to profit from saying what to whom. Obama, as highlighted in this article, has actually been a great motivating force for the gun industry. Gun sales are up, applications for gun licenses are up, and stock prices for certain gun manufacturers have soared.
People are afraid that the Obama Administration is going to confiscate our firearms or pass sweeping reform that makes gun ownership impossible (perhaps with good reason). Meanwhile there are people in this country who stand to profit from this collective fear and angst. While we don’t know Obama’s true intentions, what we do know is that if he is elected to a second term, there will be another spike in the gun industry. People will continue to go out and purchase more firearms. In short, there will be a second Obama “gun boom.”
So, what should we do?
Control what you, yourself, can control. Go out and vote. But hedge your bet too by purchasing stock in ammunition and gun manufacturers so that even if Obama is re-elected, at the very least, you’ll stand to cash in on the second gun boom.