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Obama: Guns for Me, But Not for Thee

President admits he likes having "men with guns around."

Howard Nemerov


December 27, 2012 - 8:29 am

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, anything the president says about his daughters and guns is of vital interest.

During an interview with Barbara Walters, President Obama discussed how his daughter Malia has started dating.

“One of the main incentives of running was continued Secret Service protection so we can have men with guns around at all times,” the father of two joked.

Breitbart reports the Obamas send their daughters to a school with armed security.

It’s completely reasonable for a concerned father to want the best protection possible for his children. We should all take our lead from the president on this matter.

The problem is with Obama’s double standard. After Newtown, Obama “urged Congress to vote on measures banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines…”

The Secret Service, as an official law enforcement agency, uses true assault weapons such as the Heckler & Koch MP5. Real assault weapons can fire multiple rounds with one trigger pull. We can’t own these, courtesy of 1934 and 1986 federal firearms laws.

The “assault weapons” Obama wants banned fire one round per trigger pull. They have cosmetic features similar to military assault weapons, but these “scary” features make them low-hanging fruit in the incremental drive towards civilian disarmament.

The Secret Service also uses standard-capacity magazines, conveniently labeled by Obama as “high capacity.” Modern technology produces reliable magazines capable of carrying 30 rounds or more, which are the new standard.

What Obama is really saying is that he wants his daughters protected by men with assault weapons loaded by standard-capacity magazines, while the rest of us poor schlubs must stumble around with partially disabled pea shooters, hoping our daughters aren’t kidnapped, raped, and murdered by criminals who don’t respect the law.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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