Silence of the Bam

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard a historic constitutional gun rights case in McDonald v. City of Chicago. But, as Ken Klukowski notes in his FOXNews.com blog, the White House is not taking a position.

"Instead, President Obama is hiding under his desk in the Oval Office," he writes. "What a profile in courage."

Not surprising. In June 2008, when the Supreme Court handed down its landmark Heller decision, Obama, a liberal Illinois Senator, "decided to play some politics," Klukowski writes. "Despite his longstanding record of denying gun rights, Obama said that he supported the Heller decision."

It made sense--sense, that is, if you're running for President. "Obama knew that he couldn't win the presidency without getting a good number of votes from America's 90 million gun owners," Klukowksi writes. "So he did a 180 on his long-held beliefs, and announced that the Court made the right decision in Heller."

Obama's silence on gun-control has been a shocking reversal for liberals, and especially zealot gun-grabbers.

"It seems to be shaping up to be the lefty complaint du jour this week," writes Warner Todd Huston in biggovernment.com.

"We expected a very different picture at this stage," whined Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which last month issued a report card failing the administration in all seven of the group's major indicators.

Still, gun rights groups remain skeptical. "The watchword for gun owners is stay ready," said Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA. "We have had some successes, but we know that the first chance Obama gets, he will pounce on us."

Make that very skeptical.

As Huston warns in his biggovernment.com blog, don't mistake Obama's inaction on gun-control initiatives as a statement of support for gun rights. A reader concurred, adding this footnote:

"Obama may sign 'pro gun' legislation; but he is appointing 'anti-gun' judges and regulators. He knows that it is the regulators, and the judges, that will interpret and apply these laws. Do not be fooled; this fellow makes KY jelly jealous."

Also:

*Obama The Pro-Gun President?; http://biggovernment.com/wthuston/2010/02/15/obama-the-pro-gun-president/