With whitetail deer hunters overwhelmingly the largest single bloc of hunters out there and undoubtedly making up one heck of a group of gun-rights supporters, what we say and do in the coming weeks and months could be crucial. It’s crucial because to anyone paying attention–our current president and his administration, despite pre-election promises not to come after firearms owners, is ramping up to do just that.
With President Obama barely a month into office, Attorney General Eric Holder said during a press conference in February that the president would seek to reinstitute the assault weapons ban and that the admin would seek to make it permanent. Never mind that less than three percent of crimes in this country are committed using the “cosmetically-defined” firearms.
And if you don’t think that will ever apply to your deer rifle, think again as legal definitions will surely seek to place restrictions on magazine capacity and semi-auto operations. This particularly applies with a growing number of sportsmen picking up ARs for various types of hunting, including deer hunting (think Remington’s R-25).
Now, with Obama’s nomination of self-proclaimed judicial activist and anti-gunner Sonia Sotomayer to the Supreme Court, he’s clearly taken the next strategic step toward an all-out assault on firearms owners.
In a Fox News article (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/28/sotomayors-gun-control-positions-prompt-conservative-backlash) Ken Blackwell, a senior fellow with the Family Research Council called Sotomayer’s selection a “declaration of war against America’s gun owners.” Of major concern on the federal judge’s resume is her part in a ruling that claimed the Second Amendment didn’t apply to states, meaning a state government or local municipality can move to restrict your right to own firearms and that the amendment only applies to federal limitations.
If that’s the case, then I suppose our right to free speech and our right to be secure in our homes against unreasonable search and seizure can also be restricted by states.
I admittedly don’t generally buy into a lot of the fear-mongering and paranoia that comes with political change, such as what we’ve witnessed over the past year, but there is little denying that Obama is setting the stage to make life much more difficult for gun owners.
His administration isn’t even trying to hide it.
When asked about Sotomayer’s stance on the issue, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Obama was “very comfortable with her interpretation of the Constitution being similar to that of his.”
That should make it extremely uncomfortable for the rest of us.