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It’s Official…We Have a New President…

January 20th, 2009

Well, the day has come that President Bush has transferred power to the new president, Barack Obama. In many ways, I have been dreading the coming of this day, because I realize just how many of our current freedoms are in jeopardy of fading away. I wrote an article sometime ago on Obama’s positions on Gun Rights, and it has received a lot of attention. Jump over there, and you can see some of the comments that have been made. It is certainly clear that those who are “anti-gun” have been emboldened by the election of one of their own.  Just the anticipation of a president that shares the anti-gun agenda has caused many state legislators to introduce legislation that would be detrimental to our freedoms as gun owning americans.  Consider the legislation, now pending in several states, that would make tracking numbers required on all ammunition.  The point of this is to make the manufacturing of all ammunition so expensive that most people will be unable to purchase it.  It would also make it illegal to even own ammunition (after a certain date) that is not stamped (or laser engraved) with the serial/tracking number.

I know that President Bush has made a lot of mistakes, but then every president does.  But, he has been (for the most part) a friend to sportsmen, outdoorsmen, and especially gun owners.  I have not worried a bit about this administration making it impossible, or nearly impossible for me to own guns and the ammunition that goes with it.  I do worry about what will come in the next four years.  We can hope that other things will be of such importance that the new administration will not be able to legitimately take the time to try to implement this type of legislation on the national level.  From this standpoint, I will definitely miss President Bush.  I know that many will disagree with missing him, but it is my belief that history will reflect on him far more favorably than his contemporaries do.

Do you think the new administration will affect sportmen in a positive or negative way?  Why?

3 Responses to “It’s Official…We Have a New President…”

  1. I’m afraid it is going to effect sportsmen in a negative way.

    For one, President Obama’s stance on gun rights in the past should send shivers down any gun owning American’s spine. He voted for a total ban on handguns, as well as for legislation that prevented any gun dealers from being within 5 miles of a school. Do you know how many law-abiding gun dealers would be put out of business by such a move?

    Also, on the hunting front, Obama recently appointed Cass Sunstein to be his head of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Sunstein believes that all animals should have LEGAL REPRESENTATION!!!!!

    Is those two things don’t scare hunters, fisherman, and gun owners, I don’t know what will.

  2. It is troubling based on his statements and previous record. All we can do is represent our views and not become lulled into passive acceptance. If there was ever a time to step up and let your voice be heard, now is the time.

  3. All I’m hoping for right now is a shift in power during the mid term elections in two years… that would help reign him in some. In the meantime I hope that everything else that is going on is too time consuming for him to damage our rights much – either with outlawing things or by imposing so many new regulations that ammunition, guns and etc… become extremely expensive.

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