Barack Obama admitted yesterday in an interview with CNN that he was very disappointed that during his two terms in office he utterly failed to gut the natural human right to armed self defense. In fact, he said that biggest policy regret as president was not passing gun control laws. Obama said, “If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws.”
Obama has been unsuccessful at convincing Congress to pass legislation that would change policies on guns, including enhancing background checks and not selling firearms at gun shows and other venues. In the days following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn., Obama told the U.S. that his hands were tied and he had done all he could to keep the U.S. afloat in the midst of other challenges, including the auto and bank bailout, and did not have the support to push a controversial gun bill now.
Obama eagerly wanted to dismember the Second Amendment rights of the American people after the Sandy Hook massacre, but 1,100 active duty and retired U.S. Army Special Forces reminded him that he did not have the authority to do so. They also made clear that Armed Forces specialize in creating insurgencies to overthrow tyrants, which is something Obama may want to consider before overstepping his boundaries.
Obama and his supporters have been far from destroying the gun culture in the United States, in fact, inadvertently convinced more Americans to try guns and shooting them. Calls by politicians to ban certain firearms, accessories, and ammunition have lead to sporadic runs on these items. Their plans merely backfired. Americans believe that violent crime with firearms is increasing and people are on the move to protect themselves and their families.
There have been 9 million new concealed carriers since 2010. Obama’s threats against what he considers “assault weapons” have driven the public to make the AR-15 family of firearms the best-selling rifle in the United States, year after year. Civilians are estimated to own more than ten million of these easy-to-use “modern muskets” thanks to the President’s attempt to demonize them. Purchasers have come to discover that the rifle is actually more of an open-source platform than just a fixed gun, and many people have found a great deal of joy building these rifles from scratch or customizing them to fit their needs as trainers, self-defense carbines, precision competition rifles, sporting rifles, hunting rifles, and all-purpose plinkers in calibers ranging from the tiny .22LR up through the thumping .50 Beowulf.