Well nice to see that Obama decided that the madness of Baron Bloomberg is wroth emulating.
Obama threw his weight behind measures to strengthen background checks at gun shows and other efforts to keep weapons out of the hands of mentally-ill people.
“These steps shouldn’t be controversial, they should be common sense,” Obama said during the National Urban League conference. …
“But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldier and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,” he added. …
“There’s talk of new reforms. There’s talk of legislation. And too often those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere. But what I said in the wake of Tucson is we’re going to stay on this persistently.”
Well there you go: common sense, belong on the battlefield, most real gun owners support gun control, gun show loophole, and of course the bit one, confusing fully automatic guns with semi-automatic.
You see, the AK-47 on the "battlefield" he's so fearful of, is already subject to universal federal registration, background checks, and tracking. It's also in a registry that has been closed since 1986. What more does he want? Also recall that in neither Tuscon nor Aurora was an AK-47 or even an automatic rifle used.
Via Erin Palette in chat and PA Gun Blog.
I'll end with Roberta X
Like a moth to a flame, a Chicago Democrat is drawn to gun control. Sebastian's got the round-up. Here's the money quote from President Obama: "...AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities."
Yes, that's what he said -- and you'll note he leave no room at all for the honest gun-owner, nor bothers with the distinction between a fully-automatic AK-47 (which takes a $200 tax stamp and Federal paperwork, above and beyond the stunning price the limited supply commands) and a one-round-per-trigger-press semi-auto tomato stake from Ed's Bait and Boomsticks. Nope, in his world they're all eeeeviiiiil and if you have one and you're not a soldier, you must be a crook.
Thanks for motivating the gunnie base, Mr. President -- though I'm pretty sure that wasn't your intention.
I think Obama's trying to rally someone anyone in his base and/or he feels Romney is neutered on this.
Way to go champ.
Sean has the video and notes:
It isn’t. “AK’s belong on battlefields and not on the streets of our cities.” He is calling for a new “Assault Weapons” ban. We don’t have full auto AKs sold to regular citizens, so he can’t claim he was talking about them. He’s flat-out saying we should ban private ownership of semi-auto box fed rifles that some people find scary looking.
This is arrogant AND stupid. He’s stupid enough that he doesn’t think we will know what he’s saying and he’s arrogant enough to believe that we’ll go along with it.