To say that those who care deeply about the Second Amendment are skeptical about Obama’s promises puts it mildly—mostly because Obama’s record on gun-rights issues is equally unambiguous.

Throughout his career he has supported bans on “assault weapons” and the right to concealed carry. He has supported lawsuits designed to bankrupt the firearms industry and has put forth proposals to increase taxes on ammunition by as much as 500 percent. He’s been in favor of limiting the number of guns a person can purchase over the course of a month and restricting sales of handgun ammunition and ammunition. In fact, during his political career there has not been a piece of anti-gun legislation he hasn’t thrown his weight behind.

Yet he’s promised to keep his hands off our guns and off the Second Amendment.

Here’s to the hope that Obama will keep his word. Here’s to the hope that Obama will change.

—John Snow