President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg met Wednesday to talk gun control, according to CNN, which Second Amendment activists see as a bad sign.
Here’s the anti-gun president, who is occasionally accused of ignoring the Constitution, sitting down with the anti-gun billionaire who, critics have suggested, thinks he can buy it. With Obama still not releasing details of his anticipated moves to ratchet down on gun owners’ rights – his response to domestic terrorism – this is more than just a strong signal that the president is more interested in disarming the potential victims of terrorism than he is in stopping the terrorists.
On the other hand, a career lawman in Oklahoma – Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony – has a far different approach, one that is earning him considerable praise. A message to his constituents posted on Facebook urges citizens “to exercise your 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.” It’s enough to make anti-gunners choke on their tofu.
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According to the Washington Times, Bloomberg and his $50 million lobbying group Everytown for Gun Safety “have been pressuring the White House to take executive actions on guns, including a regulation stating that high-volume gun dealers are ‘engaged in the business’ of selling firearms and must obtain dealer licenses and comply with background checks on all gun sales.” News flash for the Washington Times and Everytown: so-called “high volume gun dealers” are already licensed because they are “engaged in the business.”
If they’re talking about hobbyists or collectors selling or trading guns, they need to say so, specifically. It makes them look less foolish.
The New York Times today is running an editorial whining about the “appalling silence on gun control” during the Republican debate Tuesday. It’s as though just because disarming honest American citizens is a high priority with the Times editorial board, it should be everybody’s priority. The other night about the only gun control reference CNN could get from any of the candidates was when Ted Cruz alluded to the current administration’s fixation on Second Amendment restrictions rather than fighting terrorists.
Cruz, responding to a question from Hugh Hewitt according to a transcript published by Time, observed, “We’re looking at a president who’s engaged in this double-speak where he doesn’t call radical Islamic terrorism by its name. Indeed, he gives a speech after the San Bernardino attack where his approach is to try to go after the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens rather than to keep us safe.”
Yesterday’s reported confab between Obama and Bloomberg certainly underscore’s Cruz’s observation. It is also being reported that the president will interrupt his annual Hawaii holiday vacation to stop for a chat with the San Bernardino victims.
In contrast to all of this is Sheriff Anthony’s appeal, which is one of several such messages from sheriffs and even a couple of police chiefs following the San Bernardino attack. Anthony spoke Wednesday with this column, noting that within 24 hours of his message being posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, there were more than 5,000 shares and 367,000 views.
“I’m getting calls and ‘friend’ requests,” the sheriff told Examiner.
He’s also gotten some flak from anti-gunners living outside of Oklahoma. His advice to them is that “they need to live in the real world instead of living under a rock.” Not to disagree with the good sheriff, but many in the firearms community might tell his critics to crawl back under that rock and stay there.
Citizens in the county have warmed up to Anthony’s suggestion, it appears. He said there has been a push for people to get into the required gun safety classes to obtain their carry license. As his message stated, “It may come a time that you as citizens may be called upon to help defend the citizens of this county against all enemies foreign and domestic that want to do us harm or kill us.”
According to CNN, a timeline on the anticipated “executive order” from President Obama “is still unknown.” Before he hands out any such order, instead of chatting it up with fellow gun-grabber Bloomberg, the president should instead sit down with guys like Sheriff Anthony and his colleagues who know that “good guys with guns” are, well, good guys with guns, and unlike the president, they know who, and what, the bad guys are and how best to deal with them.
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