During the 2008 presidential campaign, the National Rifle Assn. spent millions of dollars on political ads claiming that Democratic candidate Barack Obama was out to take Americans' guns away; one typical ploy was an NRA website, called GunBanObama.org, whose banner headline read, "Obama would be the most anti-gun president in American history." In the wake of Obama's election, gun sales soared and ammunition prices skyrocketed as consumers stockpiled bullets in preparation for a war on gun rights that never happened.
Obama hasn't proposed any anti-gun legislation in his first term, and has rarely mentioned the topic. This makes us wonder how long the NRA and the politicians who do its bidding can continue to pretend there's a wolf at the door before people look outside and discover that wolves are an endangered species. The answer, based on last week's annual NRA convention, is apparently forever.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the event's headliner, slammed Obama for "employing every imaginable ruse and ploy" to restrict gun rights (apparently, his ruses are so subtle as to be invisible to the naked eye) and warned that if the president wins a second term, he will finally launch the NRA's long-hyped attack on guns. Moreover, Romney said, Obama might have an opportunity to remake the Supreme Court, possibly replacing one of the conservative justices who have upheld the concept of an "individual" right to bear arms in such cases as District of Columbia vs. Heller. Left unmentioned by Romney is that Obama supported the Heller decision.