President Obama attacks Second Amendment while arming terrorists

Obama urges gun control while waiving the restriction on arming terrorists. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2013 — In the wake of the most recent mass shooting on American soil, the Obama Administration has announced new efforts to curb gun violence in the United States. Through Press Secretary Carney, President Obama has made it clear that new executive orders will be forthcoming.

In other news, President Obama has waived the restriction on arming terrorists with fully automatic weapons. These announcements were made hours apart.


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The United States will respond to this latest national tragedy the way we always do. Those on one side will call for stricter gun control, perhaps even confiscation. Those on the other side will rally against them, sticking to the argument that guns aren’t the problem, bad people are the problem. President Obama will continue his crusade to remove military style weapons from the hands of violent members of society, and he will continue to find ways he believes will curb gun violence. Despite the fact of course that rifles make up a small fraction of weapons used during violent crimes, and this most recent shooting event took place with a shotgun and two handguns.

On the other hand, President Obama has decided that he is going to waive the restriction on arming terrorist organizations which would provide legal support for his continued effort to undermine and punish President Assad for the use of chemical weapons. Waiving US code 18 U.S.C. 2339B which strictly prohibits material aid to the terrorist organizations. The President of the United States has not only voluntarily armed the enemies of this country, but he has gone out of his way to do so.

This should not come at a complete surprise, however. Some months ago the President granted a group representing Syrian Opposition forces the right to collect donations from Americans to buy guys for the rebel forces. Last year, there were rumors that government stockpiles of weapons in Libya were being bought by US agents and shipped to Syria in secret.

However President Obama has made it clear that if anyone else offers assistance to the Syrian Opposition they are breaking the law. Earlier this year, Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, of Chicago was captured at O’Hare Airport for attempting to travel to Syria to fight for the Opposition forces. He was charged with attempting to provide “material support” to terrorist organizations, the very same statute President Obama has just haphazardly swatted away like an annoying insect.


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What does all of this mean?

It means that by feeling the need to waive 2339B, President Obama has effectively admitted that not only are there organizations among the Opposition that the US has classified as terrorists, but that he is going to openly and freely send them the means to carry out their war against President Bashar al-Assad.

At the same time, President Obama maintains his assault on American gun ownership. On the website of the White House, the President outlines what steps he would like to take to reduce gun violence in this country. They include increased restrictions on “assault weapons,” limiting magazines to ten rounds, requiring background checks for all gun sales, and “finishing the job of getting armor piercing bullets off the streets.”

Despite these measures taken against American gun ownership, the President of the United States has taken it upon himself to send fully automatic Kalashnikovs, complete with 30 round magazines and armor piercing rounds to the same people who make videos about destroying the West. The point has been made before, but it needs to be made again and again until it sinks in. President Obama is actively attempting to restrict the gun rights of law abiding, non-terrorist affiliated Americans, while he is also violating federal law by sending fully automatic weapons to al-Qaeda, sorry, waiving federal law.


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The hypocrisy does not end there; according to his own National Security Strategy which has not been updated in three years, one of the main objectives of the United States in countering terrorism is:

“We will always seek to delegitimize the use of terrorism and to isolate those who carry it out. Yet this is not a global war against a tactic—terrorism or a religion—Islam. We are at war with a specific network, al-Qa’ida, and its terrorist affiliates who support efforts to attack the United States, our allies, and partners.”

Does that make the United States a terrorist affiliate?

Granted, the United States has armed terrorist groups before. Reagan, Bush Sr, Clinton, and Bush Jr. have all provided weapons to groups which were classified as terrorists in one way or another, but at the time none of those groups were responsible for attacks on American soil such as 9/11. According to the Presidents own National Security Doctrine, the United States is guilty of supporting the very terrorists identified by the government as THE terrorist organization.

Americans need to ask themselves how the President of the United States can justify disarming the American people while granting greater liberties to their enemies. What the President of the United States is doing is illegal, on both fronts. Can the American people waive any federal law that they please if they find that it gets in the way of their interests? Is hurting President Assad worth supporting the terrorist organization that seeks to destroy the United States? Will it be worth it, if weapons shipped to Opposition Forces make their way into the hands of al-Qaeda in Iraq or Afghanistan to fight our troops?

How are these decisions credible? According to President Obama the best interest of the American people is to be disarmed, and the best interest of the American people is for al-Qaeda to have American bought firearms.

By waiving the federal law prohibiting the support of terrorist organizations while attacking gun rights President Obama has set a dangerous precedent and shown his hand to the country. If he can waive such a federal regulation, what else can he waive? If he does not listen to the 70% of Americans who do not support arming Syrian rebels, who will he listen to?

It would appear that President Obama is responding more to the needs and the rights of radical terrorists, than the needs and the rights of the American people.


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Conor Higgins

Conor Higgins has a B.A. from Catholic University in DC in American History, with a concentration on guerrilla warfare on American soil. He has an M.A. in US History from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, with a concentration on Cold War insurgency. He believes that all news and all information should be taken with a grain of salt, and implores people everywhere to seek news stories everywhere. 

Higgins is also a fervent believer in the traditional role of media, in terms of acting as a balanced check on government policies and individuals regardless of party affiliation. But in the end, he believes that no matter how heated an issue is, there is nothing that can't be discussed over a smoke and some whiskey. 

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