Obama 'Bitterly Clinging' to His Fake Gun Numbers

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Obama 'Bitterly Clinging' to His Fake Gun Numbers

by <mailto:vsuprynowicz at reviewjournal.com>Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz


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American gun-owners, en masse, are “casting their ballots” on how much they 
believe Barack Obama’s campaign-trail promise to “not take away your guns.”

They’re driving the price of ammo through the roof, swarming gun shows and 
leaving the pallets and floors of the ammo suppliers’ booths as naked as a 
wheat field after the locusts pass through.

My friend Glen Parshall, at Bargain Pawn in North Las Vegas, recently put 
up a single round of .380 (a most unimpressive handgun caliber) for sale 
online at AuctionArms, selling it for $17 to another dealer back East.

It was mostly a joke, of course. Glen says he’s sending the round in a 
little red velvet jewelry case; the buyer wanted a receipt that he could 
frame and hang on the wall to show his customers “How much this stuff costs 
these days.”

Handgun ammo isn’t really $17 a round 
 yet. But it’s a joke with a point.

The gun-grabbers and hoplophobes – now nearing a veto-proof majority in 
Congress with the defection of Arlen “Magic Bullet” Specter to the 
Democrats and the likely success of the Democratic lawyers in “recounting 
till it works” to seat professional comedian Al Franken from Minnesota – 
don’t have to “take away our guns” if they can sign some kind of 
international treaty (bypassing and overruling U.S. statute) that bans 
ammunition reloading as “manufacturing without a license,” and then drives 
the price of both firearms and ammunition through the roof by requiring 
every bullet and brass cartridge to bear some kind of “matching but unique 
identifying number,” supposedly for the use of police in tracking “weapons 
used in crimes.”

(Naw, no bad guy will ever file off the numbers or simply use stolen 
rounds, the way they use stolen cars with stolen license plates as getaway 
cars. Why would they do THAT?)

Larry Pratt, head of Gun Owners of America, has words of warning about the 
Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking 
in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials.

“Remember candidate Barack Obama? The guy who ‘wasn’t going to take away 
our guns?’” Pratt’s GOA asked in a recent release.

“Well, guess what? Less than 100 days into his administration, he’s never 
met a gun he didn’t hate.

“A week ago, Obama went to Mexico, whined about the United States, and 
bemoaned (before the whole world) the fact that he didn’t have the 
political power to take away our semi-automatics. Nevertheless, that didn’t 
keep him from pushing additional restrictions on American gun owners.

“It’s called the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of 
and Trafficking in Firearms. 
 To be sure, this imponderable title masks a 
really nasty piece of work.

“First of all, when the treaty purports to ban the ‘illicit manufacture of 
firearms,’ what does that mean?

“1. ‘Illicit manufacturing’ of firearms is defined as ‘assembly of firearms 
[or] ammunition
 without a license

“Hence, reloading ammunition – or putting together a lawful firearm from a 
kit – is clearly ‘illicit manufacturing.’

“Modifying a firearm in any way would surely be ‘illicit manufacturing,’ 
GOA concludes.

“If these provisions (and others) become the law of the land, the Obama 
administration could have a heyday in enforcing them. Consider some of the 
other provisions in the treaty:

“* Banning Reloading. In Article IV of the treaty, countries commit to 
adopting ‘necessary legislative or other measures’ to criminalize illicit 
manufacturing and trafficking in firearms.

“Remember that ‘illicit manufacturing’ includes reloading and modifying or 
assembling a firearm in any way. This would mean that the Obama 
administration could promulgate regulations banning reloading on the basis 
of this treaty – just as it is currently circumventing Congress to write 
legislation taxing greenhouse gases. 

“* Micro-stamping. Article VI requires ‘appropriate markings’ on firearms. 
And it is not inconceivable that this provision could be used to require 
micro-stamping of firearms and/or ammunition – a requirement which is 
clearly intended to impose specifications which are not technologically 
possible or which are possible only at a prohibitively expensive cost.

“* Gun Registration. Article XI requires the maintenance of any records, 
for a ‘reasonable time,’ that the government determines to be necessary to 
trace firearms. This provision would almost certainly repeal portions of 
McClure-Volkmer and could arguably be used to require a national registry 
or database.”

Meantime, the Libertarian Party points out even the statistics used by Mr. 
Obama to supposedly justify his “emergency need” to “block the flow of arms 
to Mexico” are bogus.

First off, let’s stipulate that if Mexico and the United States want to end 
the violence stemming from the trade in marijuana and cocaine, the answer 
is the same as when we wanted to end the bootleggers’ alcohol-related 
violence in 1933: legalize marijuana and cocaine.

Distributors of competing brands of whiskey – a much more socially and 
medically destructive drug than marijuana, cocaine, or the opiates – don’t 
have to resort to shooting it out in the streets to settle their 
contractual disputes, because their trade is LEGAL.

But the LP says Obama’s numbers are purposely faked to create the 
impression Mexico’s drug war would run out of arms if we could simply 
disarm all us gringos.

“Is Barack Obama ‘bitterly clinging to falsified numbers’ in his bid to 
push his anti-gun treaty?” asked the Libertarian Party in an April press 

“This war is being waged with guns purchased not here, but in the United 
States. More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the 
United States,” said Mr. Obama in a face-to-face April meeting with Mexican 
President Felipe Calderon in Mexico City.

But that claim, the LP points out, “is blatantly false. According to 
information supplied by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and 
Explosives (BATFE) the real number is closer to only 17 percent.

“There is a reason Obama is intentionally spreading false information about 
American firearm businesses,” says Donny Ferguson, Libertarian National 
Committee Communications Director. “He 
 promised anti-gun groups he would 
enact gun bans and is hoping to scare people into voting away their own 

“Not only does Obama want to renew failed gun bans here in the United 
States and register all gun owners, he’s hoping to literally scare up 
enough support for an international anti-gun treaty the Senate has been 
rejected for over a decade.

The Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and 
Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials 
(CIFTA), requiring all guns to be marked and tracked by the government, was 
signed by then-President Bill Clinton in 1997, but never ratified, Ferguson 
of the LP points out.

But Obama’s ‘90 percent’ talking point has absolutely no factual basis, the 
LP proceeds to demonstrate.

“ATF Special Agent William Newell tells Fox News that between 2007 and 
2008, around 11,000 guns used in Mexican crimes appeared to come from the 
United States and were submitted to the ATF for tracing. Of those, only 
6,000 could be successfully traced. Of those, only 5,114, according to 
testimony in Congress by William Hoover, were found to have come from the U.S.

“Obama’s ‘90 percent’ number refers, not to the percentage of ‘guns 
recovered in Mexico,’ as Obama claims, but to the ‘percent of the traced 
firearms’ according to a BATFE spokeswoman.

“But Mexican authorities report that in those two years, a total of 29,000 
guns were recovered at ‘crime scenes.’ That means 68 percent of the guns 
recovered by Mexican police did not even appear to come from the United 
States. That means only 5,114 out of 29,000 guns used in Mexican ‘crimes’ 
were found to have come from the United States,” the Libertarians conclude. 
“That figure would be 17 percent, not the 90 percent repeated by Obama.

Further weakening Obama’s case is the fact firearms manufacturers such as 
Colt legally shipped some of those United States-originated guns into 
Mexico for permitted uses, such as by the Mexican military.

“Research finds most of the guns used by Mexican criminals come from 
overseas black markets, Russian crime organizations, South America, Asia, 
Guatemala and even the Mexican army.”

Deserters sell their rifles, or simply go to work for the drug barons, 
bringing their service weapons with them.

During his term in the Senate, Obama earned an “F” rating from Gun Owners 
of America, as well as from the National Rifle Association. In an April 11, 
2008 campaign speech in San Francisco, Obama claimed gun owners are simply 
“bitter,” racist people who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to 
people who aren’t like them.”

“Obama is ‘bitterly clinging’ to falsified numbers, hoping he can take away 
the constitutional rights of ‘people who aren’t like’ him,” the Libertarian 
Party concludes.

May 13, 2009

Vin Suprynowicz [<mailto:vsuprynowicz at reviewjournal.com>send him mail] is 
assistant editorial page editor of the daily Las Vegas Review-Journal and 
author of 
Black Arrow. Visit <http://www.lvrj.com/blogs/vin/>his blog.

Copyright © 2009 Vin Suprynowicz

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