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Obama in his early days: 'I don't believe people should be able to own guns'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
March 7th, 2013
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"At the Brink" is the title of a new book by economist and author John R. Lott Jr. The volume assesses the presidency of Barack Obama, recalling conversations regarding gun laws they had while working at the University of Chicago. Among the memorable quotes the president said include "I don't believe people should be able to own guns."

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Lott discusses gun-control in Chapter Three. The author reminisces about his time at the University of Chicago, where he and then-professor Barack Obama spoke on numerous occasions about guns in America.

Lott says that he first met Obama shortly after completing his research on concealed handgun laws and crime.

"He did not come across as a moderate who wanted to bring people together," Lott writes.

Introducing himself to Obama, Lott suggested that they have lunch one day to discuss their views on guns. Obama "grimaced and turned away." That was the way many conversations with Obama ended, Lott adds.

Although the Law School was famous for the openness of its faculty and friendly engagement, Lott says, "Obama...preferred silent, scowling disdain to collegiality."

President Barack Obama describes his views on guns much differently now that he is on the national stage. He cites an interview on Fox News in which Obama states, "I have said consistently that I believe that the Second Amendment is an individual right."

Lott isn't convinced. "Despite his assurance to Fox News that he understands the Second Amendment, it's a good bet that the positions Obama took on guns during his time at Chicago reveal his true convictions."

Lott then documents the actions that Obama has taken on guns, citing the following:

 - In 1996, Obama supported a ban on handguns
 - In 1998, Obama supported a ban on the sale of all semi-automatic guns
 - In 2004, he advocated banning gun sales within five miles of a school or park, which would have shut down nearly all gun stores

Lott concludes the chapter, titled, "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered," writing, "Barack Obama is the most anti-gun president ever. That claim is based not on my own interactions with him back in the 1990's but on his own public record over many years."

Lott offers this final caveat. "The greatest threat is in his [Obama's] power to reshape the federal courts...Each appointment to the Supreme Court could determine whether the people are allowed to keep their guns."

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