President Obama has tried numerous times to restrict Second Amendment rights throughout his presidency, usually through brief bursts following highly-publicized mass public shootings. He hasn’t managed to get any legislation passed through Congress, but he has passed a handful of executive orders on gun control. Considering that he’s still pushing for more gun control, clearly the gun control measures he’s managed to enact haven’t worked as intended.
When it comes to Obama’s remaining time in office, there are only a few grains of sand in the hourglass left. He hasn’t managed to push through any significant changes to our gun laws — but the rest of the country has managed to do just the opposite. Fear of Obama pushing through gun control has sparked record gun sales nationwide throughout his presidency — and encouraged many to relax their gun laws in response.
Now, it’s a federal judge defying Obama on guns.
In a quintuple victory for Second Amendment rights, a federal judge last weekoverturned a ban on carrying handguns in public, a ban on so-called assault weapons, caliber restrictions for long guns, a $1,000 tax on handguns, and a requirement that all guns be registered with the government. “The individual right to armed self-defense in case of confrontation…cannot be regulated into oblivion,” declared Ramona Manglona, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.
I (The Analytical Economist) couldn’t agree with his language more, because the strategy that gun control advocates use is to regulate them into oblivion. They can mock those who fear gun control, telling them that nobody is planning on “taking their guns” — and, technically, they’re right. If guns are to ever be banned in America, it won’t be with a single sweeping piece of legislation, it’ll be through death by a thousand cuts.