“I don’t believe people should be able to own guns,” Barack Obama told John Lott, Jr. years ago when they worked at the University of Chicago.
Lott, an acknowledged expert on the Second Amendment, crime and guns, writes that “Barack Obama is the most anti-gun president ever.”
In his book, Lott goes on to cite just a few of Obama’s efforts to ban guns: In 1996, Obama supported a ban on handguns; In 1998, he supported a ban on the sale of all semi-automatic guns; In 2004, he advocated banning gun sales within five miles of a school or park, which would have shut down nearly all gun stores.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, Obama proposed sweeping gun control measures, detailed here. Among the most controversial proposals, collecting extensive data on all gun owners and all gun transactions. Legitimate concerns have been expressed over giving government that much power, power easily abused by a government already willing to use the IRS against political adversaries.
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