Wednesday night, PBS NewsHour hosted President Obama for a wide-ranging interview with Gwen Ifill, followed by a town hall meeting in Elkhart, Indiana.
After the broadcast, Obama answered a few bonus questions for the audience, including one query regarding the contentious issue of gun control and Second Amendment rights.
Gun store owner Doug Rhude asked, “Knowing that we apply common sense to other issues in our society specifically like holding irresponsible people accountable for their actions when they drink and drive and kill somebody, and we do that without restricting control of cars and cell phones for the rest of us, the good guys; why then do you and Hillary want to control and restrict and limit gun manufacturers, gun owners and the responsible use of guns and ammunition to the rest of us, the good guys, instead of holding the bad guys accountable for their actions?”
“First of all, the notion that I or Hillary or Democrats or whoever you want to choose are hell-bent on taking away folks’ guns is just not true,” Obama said. “And I don’t care how many times the NRA says it.”
“I just came from a meeting today in the Situation Room in which I got people who we know have been on ISIL web sites, living here in the United States, U.S. citizens, and we’re allowed to put them on the no-fly list when it comes to airlines, but because of the National Rifle Association, I cannot prohibit those people from buying a gun.”
“This is somebody who is a known ISIL sympathizer. And if he wants to walk into a gun store or a gun show right now and buy as much — as many weapons and ammo as he can, nothing’s prohibiting him from doing that, even though the FBI knows who that person is.”
“So, sir, I just have to say, respectfully, that there is a way for us to have common sense gun laws,” Obama said. “… but the only way we’re going to do that is if we don’t have a situation in which anything that is proposed is viewed as some tyrannical destruction of the Second Amendment.”
What does the NRA have to do with the FBI or Homeland Security’s ability to do their jobs? There are Government employees who carry guns for their job who are on the no-fly list, so what does that have to do with anything?
Any restrictions to our Second Amendment rights is tyrannical, but I guess we shouldn’t expect the President of the United States to know that.