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Obama: 'People shouldn't be allowed to own guns'
Posted By Drew Zahn On 07/30/2012 @ 8:57 pm In Front Page,Politics,U.S. | No Comments
A fellow professor with Barack Obama at the University of Chicago in the 1990s told radio host Laura Ingraham last week that the man who would become president once insisted, “People shouldn’t be allowed to own guns.”
That professor was John Lott, already known then as a leading gun-rights advocate and now author of several books, including “More Guns, Less Crime” and “Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don’t.”
“I knew Obama at the University of Chicago,” Lott told Ingraham. “We both taught there at the same time for about four years, and I talked to him about guns. I know what his views are on that.
“The first time I ever met him, I went, introduced myself, he said, ‘Oh, you’re the gun guy,’” Lott recalled. “He said to me, ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.’”
Ingraham stopped the interview to clarify that Obama wasn’t talking about criminals owning guns but everyday citizens.
“No, it was very clear,” Lott said. “He said, ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”
Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992-2004, and Lott was a visiting professor and fellow at the university from 1994-1999.
Despite Obama’s job description, Lott claims Obama stated views in bold violation of the Constitution he taught about – specifically the 2nd Amendment, which states, in part, “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
“This just gives people a good idea of what he really wants to have, what his ideal country would have in terms of regulations,” Lott said.
“I think the real damage Obama is going to do is in terms of Supreme Court appointments on the gun issue,” he continued. “We have two major decisions in the Heller case striking down … gun-ownership rules for D.C. and also Chicago, but those were 5-4 decisions. If you have either Kennedy or Scalia retire – who are going to be in their 80s soon – you’re going to end up with a situation where they could easily reverse it. The two people Obama put on the court, [Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan, don’t believe that there’s an individual right to self-defense.”
Audio of Ingraham’s interview with Lott was captured by Breitbart.com and can be heard on the Breitbart website.
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