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President Obama wants you to know that nothing he’s attempting to do as head of the Executive Branch has been improper – or will ever be improper – because, after all, he’s constitutionally prohibited.
During a speech in Denver, Colo., in early April, the president – in town to push, not-so-ironically, his gun control agenda, told an audience he was “constrained” in his ability to act alone on the issue “by the system our founders put in place,” while verbally thrashing Second Amendment advocates who dare to say gun ownership is not just a matter of self-defense but also as a bulwark against government tyranny (as our founding fathers intended. And he did so using a now-familiar technique, and one that he has often used when pushing his agenda – hijack the language in a way that frames opponents as imbalanced and extreme.
Opponents of some of these common-sense laws have ginned up fears among responsible gun owners that have nothing to do with what’s being proposed and nothing to do with the facts, but feeds into this suspicion about government…
You hear some of these quotes: “I need a gun to protect myself from the government.” We can’t do background checks because the government is going to come take my guns away.
Well, the government is us. These officials are elected by you. They are elected by you. I am elected by you. I am constrained, as they are constrained, by a system that our Founders put in place. It’s a government of and by and for the people.”