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By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President

Obama's Obsession With Our Gun Rights

B

arack Obama, the candidate who
promised Americans in 2008 that
"I will not take your guns away,"
now, as President of the United States in
2013, has embraced the universal firearm
confiscation of Australia and England-
schemes that saw the destruction of
hundreds of thousands of registered,
legal firearms that had been outlawed
and taken under threat of force from
licensed gun owners by their governments.
Obama revealed his gun control
endgame in a Sept. 22, 2013, political
speech at a solemn memorial for the
12 Washington Navy Yard victims
murdered by a deranged killer on
Sept. 16, 2013.
Obama coldly used the madness of a
delusional lone mass-murderer to claim
that the rampage "ought to lead to some
sort of transformation ... it ought to
obsess us."
In the same breath, Obama defined
his personal "obsession" and his notion of
"transformation" for ordinary American
gun owners:
"That's what happened in other
countries when they experienced similar
tragedies. In the United Kingdom, in
Australia ... they mobilized and they
changed."
The Washington Post praised Obama's
demand for "transformation" to an
Australia-style gun roundup and destruction as "commonsense."
While the U.S. media either ignored
or glossed over Obama's embrace of
the Aussie model for gun bans, the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
(ABC) on Sept. 23, 2013, led its coverage with this:
"The U.S. president, Barack Obama,
says it's time for America to follow the
example of countries like Australia when
it comes to gun control."
With a Sept. 23, 2013, headline,
"Obama hails Australian gun laws," Sky
News led its coverage with: "President

Barack Obama has used Australia as a
positive example of a country that tightened gun laws after a mass shooting."
Virtually no U.S. media outlet was
honest enough to describe what actually
happened to our formerly free English
speaking cousins as a direct result of
mass murders committed by lone, criminally insane killers.
In reaction to the murder of 16 people
in Hungerford in 1987 by an insane killer,
registered semi-automatic rifles in Great
Britain were banned and confiscated
from all licensed owners. Then, following the 1996 massacre of school children
in Dunblane, Scotland, most registered
handguns were declared contraband,
taken and destroyed. Owners of .22-cal.
handguns had been allowed to keep
them at government approved facilities,
but they, too, were outlawed, collected
and destroyed-because of the actions
of two criminal lunatics.
On the heels of the Dunblane killings
in 1996, an insane murderer in Australia,
who obtained one of his semi-automatic
rifles by killing its owner and his wife,
slaughtered 34 people in Port Arthur,
Tasmania.
As a result, all semi-automatic rifles,
including .22s, and all semi-automatic
shotguns and pump shotguns were
banned, and licensed owners were
required to turn them in for destruction under what the government, as in
England, called a "buyback."
In reality, the "buybacks" were theft-
made possible by using pre-existing
government lists of licensed owners and
registered guns.
All of this explains Obama's obsessive
call for "universal background checks"-a
scheme easily morphed into gun-owner
registration.
The president's notion of crafting a U.S.
version of the Australian/British tyranny
has not come in a vacuum. It has been
preceded by a spate of articles designed to

introduce the public to the concept.
Key to this propaganda push was
a Jan. 16, 2013, New York Times op-ed
by former Aussie Prime Minister John
Howard, titled "I Went After Guns.
Obama Can, Too." In it, Howard touted
his politics of forcibly disarming licensed
law-abiding Australians:
"City dwellers supported our plan,
but there was strong resistance by some
in rural Australia. Many farmers resented
being told to surrender weapons they
had used safely all of their lives. Penalizing decent, law-abiding citizens because
of the criminal behavior of others
seemed unfair. Many of them ... felt
bewildered and betrayed by these new
laws. I understood their misgivings. Yet I
felt there was no alternative."
And Howard boasted, "Almost
700,000 guns were bought back and
destroyed-the equivalent of 40 million
guns in the United States." (Emphasis added)
Understand that Australia is perhaps
the most urbanized nation in the world
where coastal, non-gun-owning city
dwellers dwarf rural populations who
have a long firearm tradition.
But today it is those urbanites in
places like Sydney who are reaping the
real consequences of John Howard's
multiple "buybacks." Criminal violence
with illegal firearms in those urban centers is soaring.
Try these headlines from one month
before the U.S. Washington Navy Yard
murders:
From the Ballina Shire Advocate,
Aug. 21, 2013, "New plan unveiled to
tackle out-of-control gun violence."
Or this from News Limited Network
Aug. 2, 2013, "Is Australia staring down
the barrel of a gun crisis?"
"There is a gun battle going on in
Australia. As bike gang members and drug
dealers gun each other down on a regular
basis, sending fear through the community,
authorities seem to be fighting a losing

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