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It’s Change You Can Believe In

Already on his transition platform:

Address Gun Violence in Cities: As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn’t have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

Pretty much the Brady agenda.  Elections have consequences folks.  It won’t have a sunset this time.

UPDATE: The old version disappeared for a while.  The new version is here.

33 Responses to “It’s Change You Can Believe In”

  1. RC says:

    I left California to get away from the kind of policies that Obama embraces, and which have tossed the state into a 20-billion dollar budget crisis.

    I was only 11 when the federal AWB passed, and California has its own that’s been in effect since 2000 (no sunset). I was angry then enough that I moved (there were other reasons than guns), but now where am I going to go?

  2. Sebastian says:

    I was 20 when the federal AWB first passed. They tried to repeal it in 1996 and failed. We’re only rid of it because it expired. We have to look toward 2010. This is no time to be complacent.

  3. No, we don’t have to look forward to 2010. We have to look forward to now — write your legislators and inform them in a polite but adamant manner that Obama’s proposed gun policies are absolutely unacceptable.

  4. Breda says:

    Dude, wth – someone actually posed as Barack Obama and left that, word for word, as a comment on my blog!

  5. Sebastian says:

    Same here, Breda.

    Arizona Rifleman brings up a good point, I think. But we have to be able to follow up threats with consequences, otherwise they are just empty threats. Letters are important, and are part of looking forward to 2010. But elections are where the rubber meets the road.

  6. Indeed, elections are critical, but letter-writing keeps up the pressure.

    I just sent a letter to my representative to congratulate him on his re-election (I voted against him, but I can be civil about it) and to remind him that I strongly disapproved of Obama’s proposals and expressed my hope that he would not support them.

    Granted, he is a co-sponsor of HR 1022, so that’s probably not going to happen, but it can’t hurt.

  7. Sebastian says:

    No, it can’t. But take a look at his margins. Look at what there is to work with in your area. He can probably be defeated under the right circumstances. The next two years could present us with opportunity, and we have to be ready to exploit it. But it will take work, and leadership, on our part.

  8. Chris says:

    we also need to get a fire under the NRA’s ass… as well as PAFOA, GRNC and all of the other state RTKBA organizations…

    this needs to be quashed before it ever gets started… a state legal challenge in CA or something like that would be a great way to head this off… if the CA AWB can be overturned by the SCOTUS, that to make it almost impossible for the congress to pass it federally without repealing the 2nd amendment.

  9. Navy Vet from Jersey says:

    The New Jersey AWB needs to be overturned too – it is just as unconstitutional as the one in California.

  10. Jeff says:

    Court cases take way too long. Look at the date on the orginal Parker vs DC complaint. February 2003. Hopefully Obama will be out of office in the time it would take to block it through the courts.

  11. Navy Vet from Jersey says:

    Oh, I forgot to add this in earlier: The Obama policy statement on gun violence does not contain one iota of proposals to get tougher on any of the criminals who are actually committing crimes with guns, just the guns themselves. That makes about as much sense as cracking down on the general public’s access to buying and selling cars in order to eradicate drunk driving.

  12. Chris says:

    a better analogy would be restricting alcohol to prevent drunk driving… since alcohol like guns can be made at home, it is impossible to ban…

  13. John H. says:

    What we need is some sort of program to organize our efforts at swaying legislators, to put some power behind the punch. The RKBA organizations are good about resources, but I think we need coordinated mailing campaigns.

    I’m really at a loss as to how to guarantee this be stopped.

  14. travis bickle says:

    I’m betting that Obama will wait until his second term to push for a new federal AWB.

    I’d be happy if he would just stay out of the way and leave gun regulations to the states. I’d rather not have any gun control at all, but these people just won’t stop and it would be nice to at least confine it to the individual states for now.

  15. Melancton Smith says:

    What second term?

  16. ATL says:

    If they want an AWB, let them bleed for it (figuratively of course). Elections have consequences- The consequence for them should be if they want to pass any type of AWB they will have fight for it and bleed gallons of political capital to get it. Sometimes things are too expensive to obtain, let’s make this something that is too expensive procure.

    Guys/Gals remember this: They will need us if they want anything this election. They are not in a position to ignore us nor discount our voices. Remember the squeaky wheel gets the grease……

  17. travis bickle says:

    I believe he’ll get elected for a second term. Until the republican party re- brands itself, democrats will continue to win for the foreseeable future.

    I also believe he’s smart enough to know that a new AWB in the first term would cost a lot of seats in congress and possibly his reelection.

  18. Sebastian says:

    That political capital involves donating money, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and signing up people to become members of the NRA. Winning is hard work, and we have to be willing to do it. If you live in a safe district, there are ways you can help in district that aren’t safe.

  19. ATL says:

    “I believe he’ll get elected for a second term. Until the republican party re- brands itself, democrats will continue to win for the foreseeable future.
    I also believe he’s smart enough to know that a new AWB in the first term would cost a lot of seats in congress and possibly his reelection. ”

    Four years (as well as two years) is a long ways away. Republicans need to go back to the core principles that made it functional. This election did us a favor by purging out alot of the dead weight moderate douches who were merely fluffers for our opposition. If we run on our Conservative principles we can beat Obama in four years. Yet, if we consign ourselves to defeat and see this situation as hopeless (it isn’t) then we will fail and we deserve whatever we get.

    The AWB will cost Obama nothing if we don’t make him pay for it. That is the bottom line…

  20. Matt says:

    I’m following Sebastian’s lead of “Hope for the best; plan for the worst.”. If Obama makes a move for the AWB, it will be covert. They’ll try to slip it into a bill somewhere. I don’t think Pelosi and crew will be dumb enough to come out on the House floor and declare war on “assault weapons”.

    All Obama’s election has done for me is accelerated plans I already had in flight.

    I use the fact that a Democratic Congress renewed the Tiahrt Amendment. No matter how much lip service they pay to the idea of control, when the rubber has met the road in voting, Congress has not supported it. That gives me some hope.

    Often the gun control zealots like Feinstein and McCarthy prove to be their own worst enemies because their venom on the issue shows them to be extremists and people don’t like extremists of either stripe. And we have history on our side since can point to the ineffectiveness of the last law to argue against a new one.

    Our jobs have gotten harder but not much so.

  21. Tom says:

    http://www.change.gov/agenda/urbanpolicy/

    SO go flood their submission form and give them some common sense ideas. Spread it far and wide. Post screenshot too, so they can’t take credit. The time to preach to the choir is over.

  22. Peter O says:

    hey, Check out the additional issues page. It has some stuff on sportsmen
    http://www.change.gov/agenda/additionalissues/

    Sportsmen
    Barack Obama did not grow up hunting and fishing, but he recognizes the great conservation legacy of America’s hunters and anglers and has great respect for the passion that hunters and anglers have for their sport. Were it not for America’s hunters and anglers, including the great icons like Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold, our nation would not have the tradition of sound game management, a system of ethical, science-based game laws and an extensive public lands estate on which to pursue the sport. Barack Obama and Joe Biden recognize that we must forge a broad coalition if we are to address the great conservation challenges we face. America’s hunters and anglers are a key constituency that must take an active role and have a powerful voice in this coalition.

  23. Marcus Poulin says:

    The Democrats want to lose the House for another 12 years?

    And with the Super Liberal Obama Express
    and then an AW ban they will lose it AGAIN.

    About 60% of you were so sure it was going
    to happen in 2007 after the 2006 election lol.

    Rich only four co-sponsors in a Democratic-controlled
    House of 233 Democratic members is not a large mandate.

    H.R.6257
    Title: To reinstate the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act.
    Sponsor: Rep Kirk, Mark Steven [IL-10] (introduced 6/12/2008) Cosponsors (4)
    Latest Major Action: 7/28/2008 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

    Posted by: Marcus Poulin at November 7, 2008 01:33 AM

    H.R.1022
    Title: To reauthorize the assault weapons ban, and for other purposes.
    Sponsor: Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] (introduced 2/13/2007) Cosponsors (67)
    Latest Major Action: 3/19/2007 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

    Why only 67 co-sponsors if they actually
    wanted to pass it?

    The Democrats lost the House for 12 years after
    1994 and the White House in 2000 and 2004 basically
    because of Gore and Kerry’s anti-gun records.

    Maybe I am wrong but do you think
    they want to spend another 10-12 years
    as the minority party clawing their way
    back up?

  24. Sebastian says:

    Marcus: I hope you are correct. I really do. I can’t count on that though. I have to believe they plan to do what they say they are going to do.

  25. Marcus Poulin says:

    Yes I certainly hope I am right.

    I am the most Pro-Gun Person
    you could meet.

    I am still very worried though.

    But media analysts seem to think
    Obamafraud’s political capital is going
    to be used up on trying to rescue
    the “economy”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/04/AR2008110404478.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

    “The Washington Post has thoughts about Obama’s first moves. They figure he’s got to do enough to suggest “change” without doing so much that he comes off as a lefty, or loses the blue dogs, or sets the stage for another 1994, and list a number of ideas. Guns don’t make the list; the priorities are mostly economic.”

  26. Cepik says:

    Good to see you are on this Sebastian,

    I mentioned it at Alphecca but didn’t see it at over at Rob’s, Tam’s or Josh’s. I don’t want to wait for Obama/Biden to move on this, I want to call them out on it now. And what about Tester and Manchin (and other Dem NRA folks) who said he wasn’t coming for our guns. Should we start hammering them too? (I don’t live in either of their states).

  27. anon says:

    The transition website version is already down the memory hole.

    The original is still up:
    “http://origin.barackobama.com/issues/urban_policy/”

  28. Marcus Poulin says:

    Yeah and they are the EXACT same.

    The wishes and hopes
    and fake Promises of a Presidential
    campaign.

    Nothing about if they can even get this
    crap through Congress nothing about that at all.

  29. Sebastian says:

    Thanks. Blogged it.

  30. Marcus Poulin says:

    Why did it disappear down the memory hole?

  31. The Obama team have already taken that page down. They’ve gone into stealth mode and they are not broadcasting their intentions but the plans are still there!

    http://gonegunrights.blogspot.com/

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