During the second presidential debate Obama openly showed his cards when it comes to his desire to reinstate the gun ban.
When President Obama was asked “What has your administration done or plan to do to limit the availability of assault weapons?” He responded by citing a need to reinstate gun control. “But I also share your belief that weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don’t belong on our streets. And so what I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced, but part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence, because frankly, in my hometown of Chicago, there’s an awful lot of violence, and they’re not using AK-47s, they’re using cheap handguns” Obama said in response.
However President Obama openly contradicts himself by saying that it is not assault weapons that are the cause of the violence in his own city of Chicago. He also uses the straw man argument that it is weapons of war that are causing problems.
Governor Romney quickly reminded Obama that automatic weapons are not without deep restrictions “We of course don’t want to have automatic weapons, and that’s already illegal in this country to have automatic weapons.”
The President makes it clear that he will pursue gun control even if it is to control guns that he himself admits are not at the root of the violence problem. For a man unaccustomed to keeping his campaign pledges there is no doubt that he will keep is word when it comes to restricting law-abiding citizens right to keep and bear arms.