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Obama Opposed Gun Ban Exception to Defend One’s Home

As a state senator in Illinois, President Obama opposed legislation providing an exception to handgun restrictions if the weapon was used in the defense of one’s home.

Obama’s vote would have maintained the status quo, which made it a violation of municipal gun ban law to use a firearm to save your own life in your own home. But the bill was passed anyway without his support.

The vote is a sign of how committed Obama may be to strict gun control measures.

The Illinois vote is hardly ancient history, having occurred in 2004 as Obama was running for election to the U.S. Senate. In opposing the measure, Obama lined up well to the left of the mainstream, as the Illinois Senate included 32 Democrats to 26 Republicans but approved the bill by an overwhelming margin and subsequently overrode a veto by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Obama did not participate in the veto override, which occurred in November 2004, likely after Obama had resigned his state Senate seat in order to prepare for his new role in the U.S. Senate.

The Illinois legislation was passed after a man who shot a burglar in his home was fined $750 by his town for disobeying its handgun ban. The absurdity and injustice of the situation doesn’t seem to have made much of an impression on Obama.

Just eight years earlier, in 1996, Obama answered “Yes” to a survey question asking whether he would support state legislation to “ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.” The Obama 2008 presidential campaign claimed the form had been filled out by an aide who mischaracterized Obama’s position, even though Obama’s handwriting was found on survey.

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525 Responses to Obama Opposed Gun Ban Exception to Defend One’s Home

  1. January 10, 2013

    “What’s the answer?”

    (A loved one asked me this question; I will now do my best to answer it)

    Dear Governor Cuomo,

    Mr. Cuomo your six point plan will not save one life should a madman decide to fulfill his perverted lunacy. Any more then keeping the wasteful COBIS system running would have; which you thankfully put out of its misery. In NYC the daughter of a wealthy radiologist had successfully stockpiled enough weapons and bomb making material to do massive harm. Last I checked the “Sullivan Law” was in full force there, and so were hundreds of other regulations with regard to the transportation, and use of explosives. President Obama after every horrible event like this has caused the same reaction in the public thanks to his irresponsible comments. Horror happens, he tries to soothe the broken hearted and the lost (I sincerely thank him for that) then he uses some of the worst language a President could choose and the whole show starts again; and then you get in the act and do the same immature dance. Firearms clear the shelves, ammunition is sold by the truckload, and then the factories get cranked up to do it all again. Because so long as we dope our kids up on these drugs, fail to turn boys into gentleman, and girls into women we can guarantee that these acts of terror will continue. Let’s try to stop the next one by not creating the very thing we all want to avoid in the first place. In the long run we want our children to pick up an iphone find out where there friends are and to grow up in peace and prosperity; while they try to sort out life’s challenges, just like we did.

    Now, New York is one of this nations primary “melting pots” and has some spots of extremely high density of population. Thus, it must have fairly restrictive laws to allow residents time to understand what citizenship is all about before they decide to pick up a firearm, much less understand it’s not for hunting deer. As I’m certain you are aware of the history of the “Sullivan Law” and what happened to Mr. Sullivan I won’t trod through old ground or even train tracks. But we must deal with the here and now in a nation that is going in the other direction no matter what happens here with regard to firearms. Because we are not going to leave The Union and drop the bridges and inspect every package like in the old East German days. What you seek to ban will find it’s way here, and it is only raw luck that it has not hit one of our schools yet considering how some children are raised, and how some parents have abandoned the responsibility to be good parents. Our modern world has many casualties; one of them seems to be selfless parents. Regardless, let’s proceed in the spirit of compromise and wisdom that our parents once had; because that wisdom was hard won, and it would be a shame not to apply to the reality we face today. We all can all read the statistics on crime. We all know historically what races and economic classes engage in what kinds of nefarious behaviors, and that it has high odds of putting them in the morgue. We all agree in New York that we have accepted our egalitarian responsibility to do what we can to lift those up, towards that noble end, we provide a ladder and push them up that ladder in an effort to break that cycle. Some say that we are nuts for doing this. But, when I’m at Carmines and I listen to the stories of my fellow NY’s it tells me that we are tough as nails for doing this, but we have hearts of gold. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t easy or cheap. But we do get it done and we turn out some very tough Americans of every race, color, or creed.

    Let’s apply the same focus on firearms. Let’s acknowledge that we need good guys and gals with pistols near schools as a permanent fixture. Please don’t forget we lost the Twin Towers because we took guns away from pilots. That’s a sobering thought. That one act of disarmament changed world history. To allow the insane even that much breathing room is too much and we have an obligation to defend our children from this foreseeable risk just like we do airplanes. Pistol permits are a disaster in New York. On the one hand the “rich and famous” get them, but they live lives of ease and comfort, and the odds of them needing one are astronomically low unless they want to end it all; but the odds of that business woman who is on the train heading home to her husband and kids might he not need one late at night? The answer is yes – she might need one. So let’s find a way to make that happen for those who want to shoulder that awesome responsibility. Finally, “military style firearms and their accouterments.” Whatever they may be. Whatever they may look like. It would be far easier and less costly to institute a simple requirement that says NY’s must present a CC permit from any State (assuming it requires the basics) to obtain such a firearm than trying to ban them. Just look at a map or hang out at a rest stop on I95, preferably not with Jim McGreevey. These thoughts ought to be expressed as a compromise between both Democrats and Republicans at the State level and at the Federal level as well. Simple solutions that are the least costly will provide the best results. They always do, it’s why you are not married, and it’s why I am. By the way? Why is that? You should make an honest women out of her. People like weddings.

    They like Presidents with wives.

    :)

    Respectfully,

    Joe Doakes

    (See that I’m still here . . . :) . . .)

  2. What a hypocrite! He signs a law maintaining ARMED Secret Service bodyguards for life but he apparently does NOT think people have the right to defend themselves in their own home! Typical “Do as I say, not as I do!”

    • Hahaha no but bet he ll be seeing them alot since he has lifetime protection, what a joke. All this hipe about a” fiscal clif” and we are going broke but we can afford this too. Typical Obama , as long as his are taken of thats all that matters. The Dems sure can spend money, as long as its your money. Only thing they do right. O and stip you of your rights, I dont know if i pitty thier stupidity or feel scared.

  3. People who haven’t been around guns, hunters, competitive shooters, police, or have not been in the service are not gun-oriented. I remember hiring a designer to copy a picture of a pistol from a gun magazine for a movie one-sheet and she didn’t even want the magazine in her house! A paper magazine–pages–not the other kind.

  4. “The vote is a sign of how committed Obama may be to strict gun control measures.”…Nope, like all tyrants, he needs TOTAL disarmament. He knows what he is doing is anti American, and anti Constitution, violating his oath of office. He is a usurper and is the “enemy within”.

    • If that is the case, then what should the federal government do? Every federal employee, every military person, swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC (emphasis mine). So if it becomes obvious to anyone without a rooting interest that Obama is a domestic enemy of the Constitution, what then is to be done?

      Forget impeachment. Obama could toss a live kitten into a blender and hit frappe, live on national television, and the Senate would never vote to convict him. If he is an enemy of the Constitution, and cannot be removed by impeachment, then what is to be done?

  5. Since the big controversy between the liberals and the conservatives is that raising taxes on businesses would cut down on hiring. Why didn’t our stupid congress float the idea: “Lets hold off on the tax increases for 6 months. If business start hiring in sufficient quantities we will extend the tax cuts (since the additional emplyess are creating more taxes)?” This would be businesses way of telling the government that they are the reason for the hiring freez.

  6. We’ve have carry conceal available for every qualified resident in Colorado and have the “make my day” home defense law as well…..you would be a complete idiot or shall I say…..mental incompetent to enter an occupied home in Colorado…..oh yeah one more thing…..there are a number of cases of burglars being shot by homeowners that have already come before prosecutors who have determined that no charges are justified…..

  7. About half of our prison population are from out of wedlock births. Same with our gun crimes. The government subsidizes the 1 million women each year that choose to have out of wedlock births, yet the children of these women are 17 to 30 TIMES more likely to end up in prison, not graduate high school, end up substance abuser, involved in out of wedlock births, victims of or perps of sexual and physical abuse….. If you are unwed, have children, and need assistance how about this. The government will provide group homes, safe and secure, highly nutritious meals, and no visitation from non family males, ever. Simple, safe, optional (your needs based assistance comes in the form of free housing, free food, free utilities). Out of wedlock births would immediately plummet, assisting the government in exiting their child abuse and gun crime enabling.

    • “The government will provide group homes, safe and secure, highly nutritious meals, and no visitation from non family males, ever.”…..but that is not what unwed baby momma’s want. They want to have visitations by non family males and plenty of them,and to have excessive sex, and make many more babies, so they can get more free-bee’s from the “gov-ment”, meaning us honest hard working taxpayer slobs. “free housing, free food, free utilities”….Yep that’s the good old “gov-ment” taking care of peoples needs from the “cradle to the grave.”

  8. What a great constitutional scholar! He does not believe the second amendment was meant to save your own life in your own home but was only meant for his body guards. I guess the Bill of Rights only applies to the US political elite class.

  9. AND WHY IN THE H311 DIDN’T THE REPUBS RUN COMMERCIALS CONTAINING THIS INFO DURING THE ELECTION? ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS RUN NON STOP COMMERCIALS OF ALL HIS OWN RETARDED QUOTES!!!! FROM GUN CONTROL TO MISSILE REDUCTION TO MAKING DEALS WITH THE RUSSIANS TO HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE FLIP FLOPS TO RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY TO BEING PRO PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION TO NOT WANTING BORDERS FOR THE UNITED STATES TO ADMITTING TO SMOKING DOPE TO ON AND ON. MICKEY MOUSE COULD HAVE ONE IF THEY HAD DONE THAT! ITS INFURIATING.

  10. All agents and military personnel must “solemnly swear, that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic: that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion: So help me God”. I call upon the white house security staff to honor that pledge or the military to honor it if those security personnel refuse to do so.

    • Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that Obama tried (unsuccessfully) to change the Military oath from support to the constitution to the supporting the president. Does anyone have that article I think it was NewsMax.com

      Clear what he was trying to do down the road.

  11. OT but Obama is planning his State of the Union for Lincoln’s birthday, February 12. Is that to give his buddy Spielberg a boost, compare himself to Lincoln, bring slavery to the fore as Mooch did in the campaign, or all of the above? This on top of the public inauguration being on Martin Luther King Day. Is this guy a p–p or what?

    • Typical narcissistic demagogue. Like a vampire he’s trying to suck the virtue out of these two great American heroes; it’s his lifeblood. Kinda like inserting himself in most every presidential biography on the White House government website we the people pay for.

      This tiny tyrant doesn’t hold a candle to Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Jr. Won’t be watching his performances at the SOTU or inauguration ceremony anyway.

  12. No. Its worse than that. He is a liar with the goal of transforming American into a less free, less prosperous, Federally controlled, heavily regulated state. He said it in the past. Getting people’s guns is an important step to achieve these goals.

  13. Self protection or the protection of your loved ones is a Natural Right, and needs no “cunning, ambitious and unprincipled” men or women to tell me so.

    “A thing is not just because it is law. But it must be law because it is just” – Charles de Montesquieu

  14. He’s perpetually unAmerican, his whole life has been an anti-colonialist quest, no idea what it is to earn an honest buck, he is not one of us, has never been. His mentorship is 100% America hating and can’t wait to dismantle the safeguards that free men put up for his ilk. His ilk could never found a nation like ours. The USA is anathema to Barack Obama’s upbringing, his education, and his world-view. The USA is non-exceptional so who do you people think you are to challenge me?

  15. Sandy Hook fundraising relief page created 3 days before shooting, Google search results confirm http://www.naturalnews.com/038633_Sandy_Hook_Google_search_results_December_11.html

    Pair that with this info from FreedomWorks: 1) The shooter at the theater in Colorado just “happened” to be the son of a scientist who was scheduled to testify against the Federal Reserve before a Senate committee. The scandal is said to be huge, involving fraud and could bring down the entire banking system of the Western world. 2) Now it looks like the father of the Sandy Hook shooter was ALSO scheduled to testify before the same committee about the same banking scandal. Hmmmm.

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  17. Please read: Table 121. Deaths by Age and Selected Causes: 2007- US Census Bureau. Assault with a firearm – 12,632, Assualt without a firearm – 18,361, Motor Vehicle accidents – 43,945. Emphysema (smoking) -12,790.
    Are you more afraid of a car or a gun? Every time you pass a car your passing a 4,000 lb Bullet traveling at least double the speed you are going, and you meet how many cars a day?

  18. He is all about the feel good nonsense. Assault weapon bans do NOT work! registration leads to confiscation, and being shot by the govenment(recently in Russia). Per 100,000 we ar far safer in our communities that highly regulated England. FAR safer.

  19. The media could have Obama on video raping and killing someone with a gun, and they would bury the evidence and shield him. Obama is Hitler and Goebbels rolled into one. It’s absolutely blood-chilling.

    • I agree. I have said that to my group and they agree. Obama could shoot someone point blank and be filmed on CNN,MSNBC,CBS,NBC,ABC and they would destroy the film and cover for him. Very scary how is this different than Nazi German?

  20. “The Obama 2008 presidential campaign claimed the form had been filled out by an aide who mischaracterized Obama’s position, even though Obama’s handwriting was found on survey.”…….the Liar in Chiefis is at it again.

    Nothing this fraud says can ever have any credibility. Why are Republicans even dealing with this compulsive liar named Barrak Hussain Obama.

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  22. There is no way that this law-abiding, Army vet American is going to turn in his guns or “register” them beyond what I have already done to purchase them. These SOBs can go f*** themselves.

  23. Then if stopping someone from invading your home requires you taking drastic measures, such as using a gun, then buy a silencer(or have one made) and that way there is little sound to disturb your good neighbors. Then just take a day off from work and dump the trash somewhere. Keep silent about it and the jobs done.

  24. And yet he votes himself lifetime protection on my dime for his worthless communist trained hide. I have lifetime protection as well Barry, the constitution guarantees it regardless of any executive orders given from your throne.

  25. Why blame Obama….blame repulsicans for what’s happening to America. No President in the history of this country did more in His first four years to get Himself thrown out of office by a bloody landslide, than this turd.

  26. I’m sure the media has let everyone know the fact that in the Sandy Hook Massacre the police found Adam Lanza’s unused AR-15 assault rifle in the trunk of his car. He used a handgun to do his mentally-deranged deeds. As the father of 2 young men who have had mental health issues for years, I’ve never allowed guns in our home. Perhaps we should address improved mental health screening rather than allowing Biden and Obama follow to confiscate weapons like Hitler and Stalin did not so long ago.

  27. The man is a slug. Sadly, our nation, collectively, now has more takers than givers. It’s time for a serious block of states to begin an even more serious discussion about secession.

  28. We need more people to cry out at public meetings, the inauguration, whenever and where ever Obama appears, any cry out and disrupt this dictator.

    Obama has gone entirely too far with his “executive powers” and is abusing them and making a mockery of the democratic process.

  29. I really want to know how this tyrant ,this monster ,scammed another 4 years in our once pristine ,white house. I honestly believe he will never relinquish his power ,like most dictators ,until he is taken out ,or dies of natural causes. This is the darkest hour in American history. This entire administration is made up of first class criminals,who need to be tried ,and publicly hanged . We let this happen . The time for severe action is near. Someone is going to have to make the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the people.

  30. Yes, but now that the media-anointed, self-proclaimed Obamessiah has exclusive control of his own personal murder-by-drone with no due process program, it’s all good.

    • Yes, its amazing how “Mr. Nobel Peace Prize” can brag about his drone strikes and “kill lists”, but I’m not allowed to own a firearm to protect myself from criminals. Then again, maybe he is extending professional courtesy to the crooks and gangsters, since he is so clearly one of them.

  31. If this administration can drive a wedge between the citizenry and their 2nd Amendment rights, it would be a piece of cake to make the jump to the 1st Amendment rights….and so on….and so on….

    • Hop,
      If they take our defensive weapons you will not have to worry about the other amendments and bill of rights. They will vanish with out due process. Happened in East Germany, Germany,Cuba, Russia, Central America, and 2 dozen African countries. All these tin horn dictators like Obama are playing from the same sheet of music.

  32. If this monster passes a law — either by ramming it through Congress or by Executive order — that violates my GOD given right to defend myself, I will defy the order and disobey this evil law. And that’s saying something, considering I have NEVER disobeyed the law in my life; not even so much as a traffic ticket.

  33. How stupid can this country be, what more evidence does one need to see that this BOZO in the white house values criminals over law abiding citizens, values dead beats over those who add value, HATES this country, HATES its citizens. His whole existence is a fraud…

  34. “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”. C.S. Lewis

  35. Why does anyone need an AR-15 and 30 rd mags?
    Because the bad guys have them, and always will…

    The 2nd Amendment isn’t about hunting or muskets…. bad guys don’t use muskets!

  36. Stop & think for a moment how creepy & arrogant someone must be who recommends that you cannot own and use gun, even while in your home while facing a deadly attacker…
    Our founders gave us guns for these very people, let’s form an alliance to never give them up, shall we?