For once it appears the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms agrees with President Barack Obama about his announced intentions to push for a new and more sweeping ban on so-called “assault weapons” in 2013.
Yesterday, Mr. Obama told NBC, “So what I intend to do is I will call all the stakeholders together. I will meet with Republicans. I will meet with Democrats. I will talk to anybody.”
Today, this column checked with the National Rifle Association; So far, no invitation to the White House. Ditto, from the Bellevue-based CCRKBA and its sister organization, the Second Amendment Foundation; the lack of a ringing phone means they’re not on the president’s speed dialer, either.
“We’re still waiting for his telephone call,” Gottlieb said in a press release. “He has insisted that he will talk to anybody. If the discussion is all about penalizing honest gun owners, banning guns and eroding the Second Amendment, it’s going to be an awfully short conversation.”
How does Mr. Obama think he can accomplish talking to “all the stakeholders” if he leaves out the people most affected by what appears to be an extremist gun ban attempt in the making? The president is already on record supporting Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) plan, which would target rifles, handguns and shotguns with a single “military characteristic,” whatever that means. This column discussed her proposal.
As this column reported Sunday, the president vowed to put his full weight behind a move to ban what has become possibly the most popular rifle in America today. At the rate they are flying off the racks at gun shops and sporting goods stores, Americans hardly share the president’s view that these firearms should be banned.
We are talking about a modern sporting rifle, not grandpa’s Model 94 Winchester. Times have changed and so have people’s tastes. At the Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club on Dec. 30, this column encountered shooters Mike Carpenter, Drew Gude and his son, Devin. All three were shooting semi-auto sporting rifles. Carpenter and the elder Gude had rifles chambered for the .308 Winchester cartridge, a popular hunting round.
Carpenter was getting the rifle zeroed for deer hunting, as was Gude; so much for the assertion that “you don’t hunt deer” with one of these rifles. The younger Gude’s rifle was chambered for the .223 Remington cartridge, and he uses it for competition.
Does anyone doubt for even a heartbeat that these shooters, and millions of other people just like them – men and women – are going to resist having their firearms banned, or classified under the National Firearms Act with registration and tax stamp requirements, just like a full-auto weapon?
The president should chat with people who own these guns; people like Carpenter and the Gudes. They’re the “stakeholders” who have much at stake, and so far, Obama doesn’t seem interested in hearing what they have to say.
Perhaps next time he’s in Seattle for a fund raiser, he can swing out to the Snoqualmie Valley rifle range and do a meet and greet. He could bring Sen. Feinstein along.
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