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Michelle Obama’s Warning to Gun Owners
By Chris Cox

National Rifle Association

National Rifle Association

FAIRFAX, Va. --(Ammoland.com)- Nearly three years into President Obama’s first term in office, Michelle Obama finally said something with which I can agree.

At a recent fundraiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign in Providence, Rhode Island, the first lady told her audience:

“We stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. You’re here because you know that in just 13 months, we’re going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come… let’s not forget what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices… let’s not forget the impact that their decisions will have on our lives for decades to come.”

This was music to the ears of the small, affluent crowd of admirers who cheered and applauded. But to gun owners, Michelle Obama’s remarks should sound like a warning bell, alerting us to the danger ahead should Barack Obama win re-election and get the opportunity to alter the current make-up of the Supreme Court.

When Americans flock to the polls in 13 months, we will not simply decide which direction our country should take over the next four years. Rather, we will decide whether or not our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms will survive over the next several decades.

Currently, the Second Amendment clings to a 5-4 pro-freedom majority on the Supreme Court. Just one vote is all that stands between the America our Founding Fathers established and a radically different America that Barack Obama and his supporters envision.

If you want to read something scary, take another look at the minority opinions in the Supreme Court’s landmark Heller and McDonald decisions that struck down Washington, D.C.’s and Chicago’s unconstitutional gun bans. In the Heller dissent, four justices concluded that the Second Amendment does not guarantee an individual right to own a firearm, nor does it protect our right to defend ourselves, our families, or our property. In McDonald, the same four justices argued that the 5-4 Heller decision should be reversed.

If these four justices had just one more vote on their side, their opinion — that the Second Amendment should not exist in today’s modern society — would be the law of the land today.

And assuredly, the anti-gun activist wing of the court knows how close they are to gaining the upper hand. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Harvard Club audience in 2009, she looks forward to the day when a “future, wiser court” overturns 5-4 decisions like Heller.

Praying for the health of five justices is not a sound legal strategy for ensuring that our Second Amendment freedoms survive the relentless legal assault that gun-ban groups are waging in courtrooms across America. We need a president who will nominate sound, originalist nominees to the high court — nominees who will preserve the freedoms our Founding Fathers enshrined in our Constitution.

If President Obama gets the opportunity to tilt the balance of the Supreme Court in his favor, we’re unlikely to see another pro-gun victory at the Court in our lifetime. Even worse, the 5-4 majorities in Heller and McDonald will be in serious jeopardy of being reversed, effectively eliminating the Second Amendment.

NRA members, gun owners and all freedom-loving Americans should heed Michelle Obama’s warning. We must spend the next 13 months working to make sure her husband doesn’t get four more years to destroy American freedom for generations to come.

Chris W. Cox is the Executive Director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) and serves as the organization’s chief lobbyist. This article originally ran in The Daily Caller (www.dailycaller.com).

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  • 26 User comments to “Michelle Obama’s Warning to Gun Owners”

    1. Joe Salonia on October 19, 2011 at 12:49 PM said:

      We get our right to protect ourselfs from GOD so that we can protect ourselfs from robbers and thiefs and a corrupt government. The secound amendment the right to bear arms is to protect the citizen from a corrupt government. (Thomas Jefferson.) We are heading into a prison plannet. There are so many contrived laws being made as we speak, that a little old lady living in the boondocks can’t be safe from. Stock up with ammo now. The serpents have made up their plans. We will soon be herded up and institutionalized. From then on it don’t get any better. Joe

    2. martin small on February 23, 2012 at 7:32 AM said:

      Beware you will end up like the UK where only the crims have guns and ordinary citizens have no right to defend themselves. In 1998 our wise government banned hand guns they weren’t exactly widespread in the law abiding community however some idiot politician said it would take firearms of the street wrong gun crime has gone through the roof and our police have gone from being unarmed to widespread arming of them on a regular basis. Where do gthese idiots get the idea that passing a law will solve a problem, crims break the law for a living. How do you collect all the guns, we had an amnesty trouble is crims don’t hand them over they keep and use them and the ordinary citizen ends up unarmed and reliant on an overworked police force for defence, it don’t work.

    3. …to protect my country from all enemies, both foregin and domestic….

    4. Its to bad the American people don’t wake up and take the country back. All you have to do is vote for people who will uphold the Constitution of the United States not try to change it.

    5. fred day on March 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM said:

      there should be some way the american people could make the govt. take a popular vote of the people for the people by the people.

    6. I can’t see that taking our guns would do any good.In my opinion they would never get them all and it would start a 2nd Revolutionary War.I don’t see our Govt.as being that freaking stupid.

    7. Better stock up on reloading supplies then, they wil regulate and tax ammo into oblivion. If you can’t ban guns, ban ammo. Its already been done…. not this brand, cop-killer bullets etc.

    8. Get out and vote to keep your 2nd admendment right dammitt

    9. Ronnie Rushing on March 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM said:

      I carry a gun because I can’t carry a cop. If they can throw away the 2nd Amendment just think what else they can do. We are looking towards being like all the third world countries with one ruler I.M.O. I wish we could find some people to vote for and have a Government like we did over 300 yrs ago. We really have few rights as it is like Religion. I remember going to school and the first thing we did was pray and Salute the AMERICAN FLAG while singing The National Anthem,one right that was taken away in schools now. Try to take my guns and I will go down fighting that’s the only way they will get my guns, from my cold dead hands.

    10. Isn’t it wonderful how the people who want to ban the second amendment are always surrounded by 24 hour police protection!

    11. gun user on March 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM said:

      You people really need to learn the facts about the Constitution. The POTUS has nothing to do with proposing amendments or ratifying them. And if you understood the process, you’d realize just how difficult to near impossible it would be to amend the constitution.

    12. gun user on March 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM said:

      Also, the supreme court cannot overturn an amendment. They can only interpret the law.

    13. gun user on March 26, 2012 at 9:41 PM said:

      @Ammoland. I understand the service you are attempting to provide, but how about a small dose of reason with all the speculation?

    14. I’m a democrat & I cary a gun. God said “Thou shall not kill” I’m not religeous so I don’t care. All you religious republicans need to take a good look at yourselves.

    15. With the age of the justices on the Supreme Court, appoint one more liberal and the outcome on interpretation of the law will change. The 2nd amendment narrowly won in its date with the court last time 5 to 4. Just 1 more Obama appointee will change that and it will no longer be be a right. They are trying to redefine the meaning of a personal right. The Constitution is a perfect document stating what government cannot do. The people were supposed to run the government, not the other way around.

    16. TSgt B on April 5, 2012 at 9:19 AM said:

      Michelle Obummer can KMA. The Second Amendment doesn’t give me any Right to own or carry a firearm; it PROTECTS the RIGHT against governmental infringement. I seriously doubt the U. S. Congress would pass legislation banning all firearms at this point, but a future Supreme Court might very well try. As the Right existed long before the Constitution, or the written languages, for that matter, and was most certainly NOT conferred upon We, the People, by “government”, “government” does not possess the ability to abolish it.

      Let ‘em try it, though. Several MILLION American gun owners might have a little difference of opinion on the matter.

    17. Since Obama took office, gun ownership has soared, largely driven by gun sellers’ fearmongering. I have nothing against guns and have one myself. But where’d this fear come from in the gun industry? Even the quote they cite doesn’t say anything about guns, they’re just reading into it in order to incite fear based purchases, I think.

    18. Edmond J Bondy on April 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM said:

      The government wants our ammo, Then lets give it to them one at a time. Capt. Ed

    19. Bank of America?

      Not the America I support nor the Bank. Withdraw and let them suffer!

    20. kevin russell on May 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM said:

      what if it came to them or us who would could will stand out up and strong
      can you stand up for your rights, civil disobedience, petition and march on washington, in an open carry march where’s that put us in our own country, illegals get protected marches in their own country they would be subdued

    21. Alllison Wunderland on May 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM said:

      Evidently you don’t understand how SCOTUS works. You should maybe bone up on the concept of starre decisis. SCOTUS ruled in McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), that RKBA is a fundamental individual right.

      Once SCOTUS sets up a precedent, it’s near impossible to reverse the ruling.

    22. Drewcifer on June 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM said:

      You better believe I am at the ready. He cant take our guns, so his Dictatorship is stalled.. END OBAMA’S TYRANNY NOW!

    23. 16 FirearmsAnd Counting on June 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM said:

      More paranoia about the Prez trying to take away your guns. It’ll NEVER HAPPEN. The Republicans are using you to get into office so they can steal even more of your money to give to rich people. You all need to wake the hell up and see how the rich have stolen your wallets while you’re desperately clinging to your guns because you are being played.

    24. PatriotEyes on July 1, 2012 at 2:22 AM said:

      You want your guns safe Obama Gone!?

      You can still vote Ron Paul, He is still electable!

      This new movie has come out about him
      Spread it like wildfiree!

      ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QQl_fda5Ok

    25. Nam Marine on August 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM said:

      The “First” Wookie should keep her big mouth shut!

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