Just after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the tragic death of Travyon Martin, President Obama, for the second time, inserted himself into the situation by harshly denouncing the so-called “stand your ground” law, which by the way was not a part of Zimmerman's defense. The president is calling on states to review their respective “stand your ground” gun laws. But the “pander-in-chief” wasn't always opposed to the right-to-carry rule.
After a lot of searching and fact checking, I found out that as an Illinois state senator back in 2004, Obama co-sponsored legislation that allowed for the same rights.
The legislation in question was SB 2386, which would amend the criminal code of 1961. It was introduced in the 93rd General Assembly session and passed into law on July 28, 2004.
In summary SB 2386 read: “Provides that it is an affirmative defense to a violation of a municipal ordinance that prohibits, regulates or restricts the private ownership of firearms if the individual who is charged with the violation used the firearm in an act of self-defense or defense of another. Effective immediately.”
Now according to the Illinois General Assembly website, then-Sen. Obama signed on as a co-sponsor to SB 2386 on March 25, 2004.
In a recent interview with the Illinois Review Obama said: “I think it may be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations, confrontations and tragedies as we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.
Obama went on to add: “I know that there's been commentary about the fact that stand your ground laws in Florida were not used as defense of the case. On the other hand, if we're sending a message as society in our communities that someone who is armed has a right to use those firearms even if there's a way for them to exit from the situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we'd like to see?”
Once again, we have a blatant case of the president pandering to a specific group of citizens. Mr. President, how can you now be against a law that you co-sponsored and fought so hard to enact as an elected official just nine years ago?
I'm going to keep checking former Illinois state Sen. Obama's record to see if he's had any other change of heart moments for pandering purposes.
By the way, where was Obama's outrage when 13-month old Antonio West was shot at point blank range by two teens who were trying to rob his mommy? I guess the White House press room was occupied that day.
Gregory L. Gardner