Last Friday, Senator (and Democratic presidential nominee presumptive) Barack Obama announced that he was ready for any and all Republican “dirty tricks” on the campaign trail.
Barack Obama is warning supporters that the general election fight between him and John McCain may get ugly, but the Illinois senator is vowing not to back down.
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a fundraiser in Philadelphia Friday, according to pool reports.
Tough words, channeling Sean Connery from the Untouchables, a movie set in Obama’s chosen home town.
Of course, I find myself wondering just where Obama will get the gun he’ll bring to the fight.
After all, he’s been a staunch supporter of the “2nd Amendment as a collective, not an individual right” position for a very, very long time.
As an Illinois state senator, he backed measures that would have outlawed gun shops from being within five miles of any school or park, forbid gun dealers from selling out of their homes, made it a felony to have one’s gun stolen, forbidden the selling of anything but “antique” guns at gun shows, limited people to only buying one gun a month, all gun shop employees undergo background checks, and massive taxes on ammunition.
The gun shop zoning restrictions are the most telling. I’d be very curious to see just how many places in the country are five miles from the nearest school or park. Someone did a check on Chicago, and the “gun shop free zones” pretty much covered the entire city.
Update:As is my wont, I managed to mess up this posting. It published twice, and I unpublished one of them — the completed version. Here is the second half of this article:
He also proposed banning semi-automatic weapons in 1998. Apparently he doesn’t know the difference between automatic weapons (those that fire multiple rounds with a single trigger pull) and semi-automatic weapons (those that use the energy of their recoil to reload the chamber for the next shot), and doesn’t care.
I guess, under President Obama’s administration, the 2nd Amendment is only reserved for metaphorical guns, the kinds people brandish when they feel the need to seem tough, for those who feel insecure about their masculinity and need to compensate with a fictional phallic symbol or something.
But what really depresses me is that the quote Obama used represents The Old Way. The movie’s about 20 years old, and set about 80 years ago. He is supposed to represent The New Way, The Bright And Shiny Future, The Tomorrow Filled To The Brim With Hopey And Changeful Thoughts.
I guess you can take the politician out of Chicago, but you can’t take Chicago out of the politician.