Obama's "Joe the Hunter" moment has finally come

By Chad D. Baus

Barack Obama has voted for or supported some of the most extreme gun control measures ever attempted in our nation. And yet, with the help of his media accomplices, the Democrat has managed to lull some gun owners into complacency, just as he has managed to lull many hard-working, red-blooded American workers into complacency by obscuring his socialist economic agenda.

Thanks to one simple question from Joe the Plumber on the campaign trail, Americans now know about Obama's plan for wealth redistribution. And thanks to one simple answer to an interview question, Obama has given "Joe the Hunter" all he needs to know about where he really stands on the right to bear arms.

It has often been observed that the real Obama comes out when you get him off the tele-prompter. In Toledo, Ohio with Joe the Plumber, it was the expression of a desire to "spread the wealth around". And now, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Obama has finally committed his "Joe the Hunter" moment.

From the story:

When asked about whether a general ban on carrying loaded guns in national parks should be eliminated, the answers were sharply different and somewhat predictable.

McCain, who is against gun control, stated: "I believe the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service should remove their prohibitions against law-abiding citizens transporting and carrying firearms to lands managed by those agencies."

Obama, who is against assault weapons and a gun show loophole that allows trading of weapons between private individuals, stated: "I believe in Second Amendment rights and the rights of hunters and sportsmen to bear arms and use them in a responsible way. But I am concerned about allowing loaded firearms into family-oriented spaces."

While Barack Obama claims to be a constitutional scholar, he appears to have missed the words "shall not be infringed" and instead believes that the Second Amendment contains the word "but".

"I believe in Second Amendment rights and the rights of hunters and sportsmen to bear arms and use them in a responsible way. BUT I am concerned about allowing loaded firearms into family-oriented spaces."

And with that, the McCain/ Palin campaign has just been handed their "Joe the Hunter" moment, and they need to use it to their full advantage over the next seven days.

America's gun owners enjoy the right to have loaded firearms in family-oriented spaces all the time. In fact, it is loyalty to family that inspires many to keep a loaded firearm ready at hand for home defense. It is loyalty to family that motivates a mother to carry a concealed firearm for the protection of her children while, for example, hiking on a secluded park trail. It is loyalty to family that motivates a father to invite his young son or daughter into the field on opening day, or to the range for an afternoon of plinking. "Joe the Hunter" understands this implicitly. Barack just thinks they're all bitter clingers.

When it comes to Obama and the Second Amendment, you'll never hear him utter his supposed support without the follow-up:

"But..."

And thanks to his "Joe the Hunter" moment, we have a late-October admission of the excuse Obama will use as he signs the first gun control law of his administration.

"I am concerned about allowing loaded firearms into family-oriented spaces."

"Joe the Hunter" should be deeply concerned about Obama's concern.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman.

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