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Response to friendly_iconoclast (Reply #49)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 11:26 AM

53. He's speaking as a politician there, not as a constitutional scholar.

Obama made a political decision to leave gun control alone. Just like he made a political decision to oppose gay marriage and instead support civil unions. And he made a political decision not to prosecute war crimes under Bush. Etc. He takes a lot of heat on DU for these and other compromises he has made. But the reality is that politicians cannot be ideologically pure on all issues.

In a more candid moment, he did point out that the "gun rights" movement, along with religious fundamentalism and anti-immigration feelings, is propelled by bitterness over economic conditions. As for constitutional scholars that are actually acting as constitutional scholars, we need look no further than the Supreme Court, which is split 5-4 on ideological lines on this issue, your side being the side of Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Kennedy, and Roberts.

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