During a town hall event in Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday, president Barack Obama took several shots at the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.
“As long as you can go in some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it is easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable, as long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence,” said the president during the Q&A at Benedict College.
Obama lamented the lack of success his administration and Congress have had with respect to foisting tougher gun-control laws on the American people, specifically following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“I thought after what happened at Sandy Hook would make us think about it,” Obama said. “You would have thought that’s got to be enough of a motivator. But we couldn’t get it done.”
The president went to on to say that without tougher state and federal gun laws, “it is difficult to reduce the availability of guns.” Though, he claimed he has tried to get as much done “administratively” as he could.
Obama complained that “Our homicide rates are so much higher than other industrialized countries,” and suggested it was due to the high rate of gun ownership in the U.S.
“In some places it goes the opposite direction. People say we should have firearms in kindergarten and have machine guns in bars. You think I’m exaggerating,” Obama said. “You look at these laws that come up. Despite those frustrations, I would say it is still within our control to reduce the incidence of handguns violence by making sure your young people understand that that is not a sign of strength.”
Yet, after griping about America’s gun culture and respect for the right to keep and bear arms, Obama said that we need to protect it. “That’s important. That’s part of who we are.”
Apparently, by “protecting” the Second Amendment he means we need to restrict it to the point where no one can freely exercise it.