One can now bring guns into the national parks,
The National Rifle Association won a victory despite not because of themselves. They wanted McCain, not Obama, to be President, but guns would have probably never been allowed in the National Parks if McCain had won. The Bradley Bill was passed under Republicans and the first George Bush passed an assault riffle ban. The NRA seems to fair better when a Democrat is in charge.
Obama mentions his respect for the Constitution, and the Second Amendment acknowledging individual gun ownership is part of it.
The above link once was on an Obama speech in Pennsylvania in 78 where he clearly stated that he believed that the second amendment give individuals rights to gun owners not just militia members. I wish I could link conservatives sites without them changing on me.
He seems to abhor guns, but understand the Constitution at the same time. Being torn up inside is not the stuff to portray gun owners as ogres that invigorates the anti-gun crowd. I previously guessed that when he had to choose between gun laws and other policy, it wasn’t likely that he would hold firm on trying to limit guns.
Opponents of gun laws don’t distinguish between legal guns and illegal guns. And neither do I. In some poor neighborhoods if a girlfriend is pressured to buy a gun for her boyfriend to get milk and bread for her children, and her boyfriend if he got in a brawl or was truant or something as a child and couldn’t get a legal gun, she could end up in prison as her children grow to adulthood in foster care. As far as I am concerned chasing after illegal or still legal guns has the same long term crime enhancing effect.
I dare assume that there are more people who have an illegal gun they think they need to protect themselves with than who have crack who never end up hurting anyone else.
I want to find ways to discourage people from having guns and crack, even outlaw the sale of guns without also selling a gun lock that fits on it. And preventing a pregnant woman from getting crack, except if she agrees to stay in a government run hospital while pregnant, and get limited dosages that take into consideration the development stage of her baby. Laws that allow drunk or addicted mothers to avoid being charged with assault, of her developing baby, by getting an abortion upset me greatly.
Let’s all get together and work for a world with less guns, less dangerous drugs, less abortions and less people in jail. It used to be if a drunk driver was convicted of killing someone in another car, or there were two or three victims in it, the punishment would be the same. Now many pro-lifers insist that if a pregnant women is killed, it should be two charges of murder or manslaughter.
Let’s all realize that we need a world with less people in jail, less crime and less dangerous objects or chemicals lying around. Perhaps gun owners should be required to take an annual class in gun dangers and required to belong to a gun club, like in Denmark. Anyway I agree with Obama that we need to get together and work things out instead of demonizing each other.