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OFFICIAL JOURNAL

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By Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director

Obama's Ungracious Exit

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or at least a moment, it seemed as
if Barack Obama might gracefully
acknowledge the wishes of the
voters who had elected Donald Trump
as president. Obama gave a statesmanlike address in which he remembered
with gratitude George W. Bush's efforts
to ensure a smooth and orderly transition of power in 2009 and pledged to do
the same for the incoming Trump administration. Obama even hosted Trump at
the White House in an apparent show of
good faith.

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True, any sitting president should be
expected to put the needs of the nation
above partisan politics or the bruised
egos from a heated campaign. But it
seemed like a rare and welcome occasion in which Obama appeared willing
to put the country's welfare above his
own ideology.
Obama's later actions unfortunately
would show those words and overtures
to be little more than the empty rhetoric
and gestures that so characterized his
White House tenure. For during the

waning days of his presidency, Obama
worked furiously to throw as many
roadblocks as possible in the way of
Trump achieving the reforms for which
he was elected.
Many of Obama's last-minute actions
can-and will-eventually be reversed.
But those actions revealed a toxic combination of arrogance and pettiness, as well
as a disregard for how blatant political
decisions hurt ordinary Americans who
find themselves innocently caught in the
partisan crossfire.
Two examples in particular illustrate
how Obama was willing to advance
his liberal social agenda, no matter the
consequences.
First, case-by-case executive clemency has historically been a safeguard
against extraordinary injustices or the
recognition of exemplary rehabilitation.
Obama, however, used his clemency
authority to commute a record number
of sentences-more than the last 11
presidents combined-of serious and
dangerous criminals, including many
who were serving life terms or who used
firearms during the commission of drugtrafficking offenses.
For a president so single-mindedly
focused on gun control, Obama was
notably lenient toward those who had
violated existing federal firearm laws.
He released offenders whose convictions included knowingly disposing
of a firearm to another felon; falsification of firearm background check
forms; use of a firearm in relation to
a drug-trafficking offense; unlawfully
transporting firearms; possession of a
stolen firearm; and felon in possession
of a firearm.
Presumably, most of these prisoners
will go back to the same neighborhoods
they once tormented with their violent
crimes. It won't be Obama's high-dollar
donors and cheerleaders who will have
to deal with the consequences of his

decisions-it will be the innocent
residents of those communities.
Second, Obama's Social Security
Administration (SSA) finalized a rule
that the White House estimated would
annually strip some 75,000 disability and
Supplementary Security Income beneficiaries of their Second Amendmentprotected rights. His proposal relies on
a contorted reading of who counts as a
prohibited "mental defective" under the
federal Gun Control Act of 1968, and the
edict primarily affects those without
any demonstrated violent tendencies,
much less any violent or criminal history.
Indeed, the SSA simply brushed aside
empirical evidence the NRA submitted
to show the rule would have no public
safety benefit. "We are not attempting
to imply a connection between mental
illness and a propensity for violence,
particularly gun violence," the SSA wrote.
Rather, the SSA asserted it was simply
following a bureaucratic duty, urged on
by Obama's Department of Justice.
That's because when Congress
rejected Obama's gun control agenda, he
pledged to go it alone. He acted simply
because he felt he could. Targeting vulnerable people with disabilities, rather
than actual violent criminals, apparently
does not matter to the former president.
Thus, even as Obama was releasing
violent criminals from prison for serious
firearm offenses, he was once again
stretching federal gun laws to restrict the
rights of innocent Americans.
Thanks to your efforts last November,
America has a new president who will
uphold the constitutional freedoms of
law-abiding citizens, while making our
communities safer by getting violent
criminals off our streets.

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