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Obama/Feinstein: Obfuscation and Vilification

By Mark Alexander · Jan. 31, 2013
“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves … and include … all men capable of bearing arms. … The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle.” –Richard Lee (1787)

The Obama/Feinstein legislative assault on defensive weapons was formally introduced into the Senate this week, albeit without the bold registration requirements that Feinstein originally proposed – registration being necessary in order to eventually legislate confiscation.

Some political observers are suggesting the “assault weapons” ban is DOA, but don’t believe it. Obama is going to pump a LOT of political capital into this legislation because the ban is central to the NeoCom agenda – you can’t subjugate the people when they are armed. The gun confiscators have no intention of relinquishing momentum they shamefully constructed on the caskets of children – using a genuine tragedy as fuel for an emotionally driven campaign to advance a politically disingenuous gun-control agenda.

Feinstein reiterated that her objective is to remove all guns from circulation. “Will it only be ‘assault weapons’? No, most likely there will be a package put together.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee immediately launched hearings on Obama/Feinstein, in an effort to squeeze whatever political value was left in the Sandy Hook tragedy.

To win the legislative battle, they are using a two-vector approach.

First, obfuscation. They endeavor to “really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way,” as Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder said. They are redefining the Second Amendment as being codified to protect “the traditions of hunting and sport shooting,” in order to divert attention from the real reason our Founders codified the right to keep and bear arms: To support and defend our Constitution, and the Liberty it enshrines, as the last defense against statist politicos and tyrants. Additionally, Obama is attempting to insert a “divide and conquer” wedge between “hunters and sportsmen” and Patriots who understand 2A is about defending Liberty. But Obama does not realize most “hunters and sportsmen” are also defenders of Liberty.

The Second vector is vilification. They are framing the contest as one between the evil NRA and the noble objective of “keeping our children safe.” Obama claims, “If there’s even one thing we can do to keep our children safe…we got an obligation to take that step.” Feinstein proclaimed, “The NRA is venal. The NRA has become an institution of gun manufacturers.” Her House lap dog, Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), was even more vicious, smearing the NRA and its members as “enablers of mass murder.”

Obama, the master of obfuscation, argued this week that it’s difficult to amend the Second Amendment by executive order or legislative action because of our hunting traditions. “If you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were 10, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that.”

What Obama missed with this obfuscation is the fact that of the 80 million gun owners in America, only 16 percent of them are hunters, according to the latest data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. What really gives Obama heartburn is that more than 60 million gun owners fall into the category of “armed Patriots.”

The Obama/Feinstein propagandists are also actively replacing references to “gun control,” which originate with the Left’s “Gun Control Act of 1968,” with more palatable phrasing such as “gun safety measures” and “limiting criminal access” to guns.

Biden now says, “I don’t view it as gun control. I view it as gun safety.” Blood-spattered Chicago Mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel noted, “It’s not about gun control. It’s about criminal access. That changes the debate.” (Emanuel, of all people, ought to be an expert in matters of “criminal access.”)

On the vilification front, picking up on Obama’s condemnation of the NRA for “ginning up fear for higher revenues,” Sen. Dick Durbin, in the Senate hearings, attempted to marginalize anyone who thinks the Second Amendment is about something more than “hunting and sport shooting.” He lamented that some of his constituents in Illinois told him, “It’s not just about hunting, it’s not just about sports, it’s not just about shooting targets, it’s not just about defending ourselves from criminals … we need the firepower and the ability to protect ourselves from our government, from our government…”

Can you imagine that? Some Americans think Obama and his NeoCom cadres are intent on “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” into a nation under authoritarian government with oppressive and dictatorial powers. Who could imagine that Obama wants to subordinate Rule of Law to the rule of men? Where would they find an idea like that, and the strange notion that the Second Amendment is all about defending against such transformations?

Even the Communist Party USA, which issued a strong statement in support of Obama/Feinstein, concurred with Obama: “There is no basis for claiming the Second Amendment was intended to permit unregulated personal acquisition of firearms … for ‘protection,’ including ‘protection from the government.’”

Obama, Durbin, Emanuel – what is it about these guys from the “Land of Lincoln”?

Of course, as is the case with all legislative mandates saddled on the people, the royal members of the Senate and House are exempt from the Obama/Feinstein legislation.

Despite the Left’s best efforts to keep the Newtown emotions alive, many Americans have returned to rational reasoning when considering the causal factors for these very rare and terrible mass murders.

Even the shamelessly liberal New York Times noted that in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, with the strictest gun laws in the nation, and no gun retailers or event shooting ranges (except for public streets), Feinstein’s so-called “assault weapons” ban would have done nothing to prevent more than “500 homicides last year and at least 40 killings already in 2013.” As we’ve noted, more Americans were killed in Chicago last year than in the war zones of Afghanistan.

Clearly, “guns” are not the problem, and what the Left calls “sensible gun control policy,” is not a solution. The real Obama/Feinstein objective is to, first and foremost, remove defensive weapons from circulation, because the purpose of those weapons is, first and foremost, to defend Liberty.

Unfortunately, too many Republican Senators and their counterparts in the House, are either unable or unwilling to articulate that the Second Amendment IS about the defense of Liberty, and the defensive weapons targeted by Obama/Feinstein are, primarily, for that purpose. Further, most conservative columnists and commentators seem equally unable or unwilling to articulate the same. Perhaps they all need to get outside the Beltway for a little fresh air.

It’s LIBERTY stupid!

For the record, if you think that so called “assault weapons” are not properly called defensive weapons, then I bring your attention to a General Service Administration request for bid issued this week, to supply the Department of Homeland Security with 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO weapons. These weapons look like the much-maligned AR-15, except that the DHS request is for “select fire” weapons – machine guns. That notwithstanding, the very weapons the Left classifies as “assault” are classified by DHS as “Personal Defense Weapons,” which are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.”

On that note, New York State Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said, “Now, even the Department of Homeland Security even agrees that these modern firearms, made illegal by Governor Cuomo, are suitable for self defense.”

Obama/Feinstein will not go down without a fight, and Obama may inject a lot more political capital into this legislation. Meanwhile, a group of senators, including Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), are working quietly with Democrat leaders to do an end run around Obama/Feinstein, and propose meaningful legislation such as more comprehensive background checks on gun purchases. But caveat emptor! If legislation for “universal background checks” does not retain the current background check provision that all information from those checks is purged once an approval or denial has been issued, retaining that information constitutes federal gun registration. And the only purpose for registration is confiscation.

However, should Obama/Feinstein pass, enforcement may be a problem. While Feinstein has paraded a few police chiefs in front of the Senate to argue for gun control, more than 200 sheriffs across the nation have already publicly pledged they will not enforce any such measures, and thousands more have given private assurances.

Moreover, Milwaukee County Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke is asking citizens to arm themselves: “I need you in the game. Simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?” Democrats seem to have a problem rebutting Clark because he happens to be black.

Clarke’s words remind me of Thomas Jefferson’s quote from Cesare Beccaria (1774): “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

The Patriot spirit of resistance exhibited by these sheriffs, and this open letter supporting the Second Amendment signed by more than a thousand Green Berets, also remind me of Jefferson’s words, “What country can preserve its liberties, if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”

And a final note on the Second Amendment debate: Again endeavoring to frame 2A as “hunting and sport shooting,” Obama attempted to outdo Joe Biden in the “Non Compos Mentis” department this week.

In an interview with his adoring sycophants for the New Republic magazine, he was asked if he has ever fired a gun. Obama responded, “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” Predictably, he added, “I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations.” (Gosh, the Second Amendment must be about “traditions of hunting”! After all, Obama is a revered “constitutional scholar,” according to, well, Obama.)

Needless to say, your Patriot Team had a good laugh when he let that one fly.

My friend, Tennessee GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn, asked: “If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why hasn’t he referenced this at any point in time?” She has challenged Obama to a skeet-shooting competition. But Obama will likely faint from the recoil of the first shot. Maybe he could counter with a “beer summit.”

Pressed for the truth, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney replied, “He does go to Camp David with some regularity, but I’m not sure how often he’s done that.” But make no mistake, Carney insisted, Obama “has a strong record of support for Second Amendment rights.”

Perhaps Obama misunderstood the question and thought “shooting” was in reference to the golf course or billiards or a ping-pong table. Clearly Obama, when he’s not tele-prompted, is accomplished at shooting the bull and shooting himself in the foot. There are even some celebrated photos of him shooting the bird – and I don’t mean “clay pigeons.”

However, I suspect that Barack “Skeeter” Obama has spent much more with super-soakers than he has killing clay targets.

Obama also told New Republic that he would never teach his daughters to shoot because it’s just too dangerous. (You can bet, however, that his daughters' Secret Service detail knows how to shoot.) Ironically, he said this while at the same time offering up other people’s daughters to serve in combat. Obama’s risk aversion didn’t stop there, however: “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.”

I suspect that if Obama had boys, like father like son, they’d be too busy soaking up socialist doctrine to take up sport shooting or football – just as Obama was, for most of his formative years, soaking up the teachings of his radical Communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis.

(NOTE: Our staff compiled a couple of excellent resources under the Second Amendment section of our reference pages, one with 2A commentary and the other with 2A quotes. I also encourage you to visit the 2A section of our YouTube Channel. There you will find an outstanding video supporting 2A from a Chinese-American gun owner who was present at Tiananmen Square.)

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326 Comments

TheTexasCooke in Lockhart, Texas said:

There were, as of 2010, 138,925 schools attended by our children in the United States. All of this arm waving about guns and schools is in response to a shooting in ONE of them that resulted in approximately the same number of deaths that resulted from incidents related to Benghazi and "Fast and Furious" BOTH of which were perpatrated by the Federal Government of the United States. You can't fix crazy and you can't prevent crazy people from doing crazy things, BUT YOU CAN PREVENT A STUPID GOVERNMENT FROM DOING STUPID THINGS. And you can only spend a dollar once, spend it wisely.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Dola in Huntsville Alabama replied:

One good person with a gun, can stop a bad person from doing mass killings!! The Goverment and police are more late then not.
Guns keep the Goverment from making us dependant on Goverment!!
Our Goverment has for some time done it's best to do away with family, rights and our way of life. We need to stand up for our FAMILY,RIGHTS,AND GOD! Return America to the great country God meant it to be! Love DG

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Iron Sights in Ohio replied:

Lennin said it even better. " One man with a gun can control 100 without". Damned if he wasn"t right.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

JtC in TX replied:

BUT YOU CAN'T PREVENT A STUPID GOVERNMENT FROM DOING STUPID THINGS

Fixed it for you.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Let’s Keep it simple as far as commentary goes, the time of the soap box is dangerously on the precipice and may be force into the abyss of armed conflict if our current leadership pushes their unconstitutional disarmament agenda of the Free American people. Suffice it to say:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,.....

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 4:11 PM

American Rifleman in McKeesport,PA.15132 said:

Any one stepping on constitutional rights is venial!
This woman made loads of dollars,while on the military construction committee.Her hubby was on Haliburton's board of directums.Funkstien has the gall to make a "moral" thing about tyrany?!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

sgtken in pittsburgh pa said:

Boy if only they would take the budget as serious. But this is what you get with fools.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Craig Williams in Hampstead, MD replied:

Amen sgtken. The looming financial crash caused by out of control goverment at all levels is bound to hurt far more citizens than all gun crimes combined. Feinstein, Obama, Cuomo, O'Malley, Schummer and the like are enemies of the Constitution. They should be treated as such. Their ideas should be aggressively rejected. Look at how quickly they jumped on assault rifles. Have you ever seen them act this rapidly on spending? We are passengers on a sinking ship, and fools are definitley at the helm.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

John Kennedy in Siler City, NC.27344 said:

Using unpredictable occurences to punish the rights of law abiding citizens, and further personal political agendas is as bad as committing the deed being used.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM

American Rifleman in McKeesport,PA.15132 said:

I don't care what state the leftists are from.
The second Amendment is The Law of the Land! They be stuck on stupid!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM

RADDAD in Atlanta said:

CHICAGO - a safe haven from gun violence.
40 deaths pe month / 500 last year.
If the Republicans don't have the spine to stand up to radical Obamism,
then it is time to start a new conservative party.
Lincoln started the Repubican party when he couldn't win with the outdated whigs. TIME FOR A CHANGE. raddad

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

In my humble opinion Lincoln was another tyrant that caused the deaths of almost 1 million citizens of the then United States with his War Between the States. That war against the population and State governments was to subvert the constitution and to impose an all-powerful federal government over states rights.

Obama et al is now on a similar attack on our Rights and Liberty with his attempt at further subverting and infringing on our 2nd amendment protections under the so called legitimacy of child safety.

My children have been protected because my 9mm and 44 mag are always within grasp of my hands. Without my 2nd amendment rights the only thing law enforcement can do for me and my family is not to prevent a crime but investigate a crime after the fact.

No one gave any of our elected the powers they profess to have to regulate us into slavery except our silence and inactivity.

That is changing and 100 million armed Americans will be heard!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Anton, you got it right about Lincoln and his Northern War of Aggression. How many remember Sherman's March to the Sea. Both him and Lincoln should have been tried as war criminals. I am still waiting for someone to show me which section of the Constitution says a state can not secede.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Howard, it does not exist. Neither does the power our federal government uses to enslave us. It is tyranny plain and simple. I think it will be different next go round.

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:04 AM

Jsmith in Fredericksburg replied:

"My son I tell thee forsoothlie,
No gift is like to libertie,
Then never live in slaverie"

-- Sir William Wallace

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Dave in Harrisburg, PA replied:

"Obama, Durbin, Emanuel -- what is it about these guys from the 'Land of Lincoln'?"

Oh, I dunno. Chip off the old block maybe?

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

richard( dick ) lindstrom in venice florida replied:

All commentaries are excellent with but one proviso if I may be so bold;
To solve many of our ongoing Obumma et al problems and his devious manner of utilizing the Inafmous " Executive Privilege' orders to obfuscatte the rule of Law and our constitution" will be for All americans of a similar mindset, come the 2014 Mid-Term elections, get out the Vote and do our damndest to gain control of the Senate; that is, the infamous Reid/Pelosi etc. control, along with retaining House Majority, then and only then, will those in our government that we installed in office, be incapable of forcing the power of the government upon the people such as BHO is endeavoring to, and take our once Great country down the path into the worst depression ever; surpassing that of the dark days of the 30's.
God Bless America and may our Flag with all it represents and for whom so many have sacrificed with their lives, Wave brillianllty forever.

A Proud 91 year old WW 2 veteran, growing ever so Fearful of the path BHO et al are dragging us down into.!!!

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Jsmith in Fredericksburg replied:

Sic semper tyrannis!

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Robbie in Texas said:

Never fear, our government knows what's best for us. Right!!!!! Having communists running our Republic is not how it's done. obama, feinstein, & holder need to be arrested for treason if their gun laws are passed, along with all members of comgress & senate that vote for it, if it gets to them for a vote. It is unconstitutional and that's the reason they want it passed. They want the constitution thrown out. More children are killed every year by car accidents or by beatings. Do they care about that? No.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Lisa in MD replied:

I agree with you!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Gary LaMonica in AZ said:

The attempt to isolate the "evil NRA" from we the people of the USA who choose to support the Second Ammendment is ugly and I object because I am the NRA.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Me Too!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 4:45 PM

JtC in TX replied:

"I am the NRA" I read a quote from an NRA spokesman that the NRA supports more strengent background checks. To me THAT is unconstitutional as the 2A says we have the RIGHT to keep AND BEAR arms.

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Mike Marine in Ohio said:

Attach a rider to the bill that would require all Government Officials to give up personal protection of any type. No bodyguards or personal weapons.
Also make all elected officials subject to the same laws that we the people are.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

TheHarp in Oregon said:

This battle has been going on in earnest for at least 20years. As former Atty. General Janet Reno once said; "Waiting periods are a step. Registration is just a step. Prohibition of private ownership of firearms is the goal."

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM

American Rifleman in McKeesport,PA.15132 said:

Chicago's laws. Do you realy think some perp is going to obey some paper chase law,when they are intent on murder?!! Only fools + democRATs believe their own stupid retoric.
All of Chicago's victims were obeying the gun laws.They have the right to lie still,while the ATF draws chalk lines around their body.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Rifleman in Nawth Jawja said:

Following Obama's "logic" regarding "assault weapons" -- which, by the way were outlawed to civilians in 1934 and again in 1968 -- and using the bureaucratic power inherent in the "Affordable Patient Care Act" to keep us "healthy," it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to connect gun ownership with people who should be suspect because they might be unbalanced.

Hence, the broad -- and frightening rubric -- of "background checks."

Obama has branded gun owners as "clingers"; he has charged the CDC with investigating gun ownership as a disease. Under Obamacare, medical practitioners have begun asking their patients about gun ownership as a safety issue.

Through the power of BATFE, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, Obama is certainly capable of curtailing individual and collective freedoms for our own good. This is the same President who said, "The Constitution is a Document of 'negative liberties.' It says what government CAN'T DO TO YOU. It doesn't say what government CAN DO ON YOUR BEHALF." (emphasis mine)

There are 30,000 anti-Second Amendment laws in force in the 50 States -- and average of 600 per State. There are laws against harming children in every State.

It isn't about the children of Sandy Hook Elementary; it isn't about "public safety"; it isn't about 10 round clips; it isn't about "assault weapons."

It's about control.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

We don't need gun control, we need politician control. Governments have killed far more people than private citizens with personal defense weapons. As George Washington observed, "Government, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Bacon Nivison in Richmond, UT said:

At this point, the argument that gun control will reduce violent crime is not even arguable. Statistically it has been proven with perfect clarity that the result of gun control will accomplish nothing more than disarming law abiding citizens. Chicago standing as but one of many fine examples of the ineffectiveness of gun control measures. These are not stupid people, they realize that the argument they are using is invalid, so what is their real motivation?? That's right! Your freedom. Government is by nature a living, evolving entity striving for growth and survival. Our constitution was written with this very thing in mind. Protecting you FROM government. The US Constitution is the government's enemy and is currently under assault. Americans are ELECTING these viruses which are infecting their own freedom.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

TheHarp in Oregon said:

"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants." Albert Camus

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Jsmith in Fredericksburg said:

If gun banning is about the children, as the Democrats argue, I will expect to see an abortion ban, which kills more children than "gun violence", in Feinstein's bill.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM