Where Does Obama Stand on Gun Rights?
Posted by Ryan on June 29, 2008
We’ve all seen the video from February where Obama agreed wholeheartedly with the 32-year-old DC gun ban, then when the Supreme Court interpreted the 2nd Amendment to mean what it says last week, he was for that too even though it overturned the 32-year-old DC gun ban.
This incident recently reminded me of something my father once said about why on God’s Green Earth the American people voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976: aside for the Ford/Nixon pardon-thing, the American people found Carter affable because he was for everything they we for! Whenever he spoke to a new crowd, he told them what they wanted to hear, blurring the lines between what he really wanted to do. The result was a candidate, then President, who many people thought they agreed with, but in fact did not.
A recent Rasmussen poll indicates that 43% of the people think Obama disagreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling, while a full 41% think he did agree with the ruling! It seems like the Obama campaign is being effective at telling people what they want to hear when they want to hear it. It doesn’t really concerns me where Obama stands on this issue (we all know he won’t appoint anyone to the courts who would have voted to uphold the Constitution) but this is a potential problem for the Fall — saying whatever to whoever and getting away with it. Add that to the poor state of the McCain camp and we don’t have a prayer.