Obamacare has provided rich fodder for jokes, even if they are a little grim, because of its failed website, cancellation notices and huge premium spikes.
One used-car dealer in Denver, Colo., even boasted, “At least our website works.”
So it’s no surprise websites such as ObamaGunCare.com would appear with the promise, “If you like your gun, you can keep it, period.”
And “If you like your gun, no one is going to ban it, period. Unless … ”
The parody is the brainstorm of the Second Amendment Foundation.
“With a track record like Barack Obama has on health care, we don’t want the president getting involved in gun care or firearms safety,” the organization says.
SAF’s aim to “bring attention to a serious concern within the firearms community.”
SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb has paraphrased the president’s own words about his so-called Affordable Health Care Act, “which have proven to be to false,” to underscore the mistrust firearms owners have toward the administration.
“You have nothing to fear from Obama Gun Care. You may register all your guns at ObamaGunCare.com,” readers are advised. “No one can hack into the site, with the exception of NSA, FBI, ATF and of course, Attorney General Eric Holder.”
The message may be tongue-in-cheek, but the site offers visitors a chance to sign a petition and support the group, which has more than 20 legal actions in process to protect Second Amendment rights.
“Don’t let Obama do to our gun rights what he’s done to our health care,” Gottlieb says.
Last month, WND reported on the group’s efforts to obtain a decision from a Washington, D.C., judge in a gun-rights case dating back to 2009.
The case challenges the city’s ban on carrying handguns for self-defense.
“We have been waiting well over four years for a decision in the Palmer case, which was filed in August 2009, and waiting four more is not an option,” Gottlieb said.
The petition, filed in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, contends the federal court’s failure to decide the case “acts as a sort of decision in and of itself.”
“Justice interminably delayed is justice denied. If petitioners are forbidden from exercising a constitutional right, and the district court never rules on their challenge to that prohibition, the right is lost,” the petition says.
For years, the District of Columbia essentially banned operational weapons, even to the point of banning residents from owning handguns.
The D.C. law was overturned in the famous 2008 Heller case in which the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Second Amendment guards the individual right to have a firearm for lawful purposes, including self-defense.
The decision was followed by the McDonald case out of Chicago, in which the high court applied Second Amendment rights beyond federal enclaves to the states.
But neither case addressed the issue of carrying handguns for self-protection, only the possession of guns in homes for self-defense.
The case at issue now, Palmer v. District of Columbia, asserts people should have the right to defend themselves outside the home.
The court’s latest action in the case came in 2011, when it was assigned to a new judge.
SAF also has publicized details about former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” organization, which included a long list of mayors who, because of their convictions, were no longer eligible to own weapons themselves.
Then another embarrassment surfaced for the organization.
According to the Second Amendment Foundation, Mayor James Schiliro of Marcus Hook, Pa., faced a long list of charges for allegedly trying to force an underage boy to perform sex acts and then firing a handgun at a wall when the boy refused.
“Mayor Schiliro is one more example of why we started the ‘Gun Owners Against Illegal Mayors’ campaign,” said Gottlieb at the time. “He joins recently convicted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and recently indicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, both of whom were MAIG members.”
The mayors’ group boasts that it has grown to more than 725 mayors in 40 states. But SAF is publicizing mayors who have run into their own troubles.
It launched its campaign in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet, exposing the criminal and ethical wrongdoings of many of the mayors themselves.
SAF also has fought on behalf of gun rights through its numerous challenges to local restrictions on weapons possession and ownership.