Back in September of 2008, then presidential candidate Barack Obama told Virginia voters, complete with condescending fake southern dialect in an attempt to minimize his already legendarily rampant oikophobia, at a campaign stop for “Virginia Sportsmen for Obama,” a room full of bitterly clinging fellow Democrats:
I, I, just want to be absolutely clear, all right? So I don’t want any misunderstanding, when, when y’all go home and you’re talkin’ to your buddies, and they say, “Aww, he wants to take my gun away.” You’ve heard it here; I’m on television, so everybody knows it. I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe in peoples’ lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away… But I am not going to take your guns away. So if you want to find an excuse not to vote for me, don’t use that one because it just ain’t true. It ain’t true.
Well, it sounded good at the time, at least.
Related: Talking with the late Andrew Breitbart last year, “Adam Carolla has an interesting theory about why the National Rifle Association (NRA) won’t budge an inch on any proposal from the Left. Can you blame them?”