Seemingly frustrated at the lack of progress in enacting federal legislation regarding more stringent gun control laws on the American people, Barack Obama cited “constraints” placed on him by the nation’s Founding Fathers, as reported by the Washington, D.C. affiliate of CBS News.
Evidently referring to the U.S. Constitution, CBS news cited Obama stating:
You hear some of these quotes: ‘I need a gun to protect myself from the government.’ ‘We can’t do background checks because the government is going to come take my guns away.’
Well, the government is us. These officials are elected by you. They are elected by you. I am elected by you.
I am constrained, as they are constrained, by a system that our Founders put in place.
The Absent Minded Professor…
Despite erroneously inflating his teaching credentials (he was a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School), Obama said at a San Francisco fundraiser in 2007:
I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president [George W. Bush] I actually respect the Constitution.
Constitutional law professors, lecturers, and students all fully understand that U.S. Presidents take an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Until now, a sitting President of the United States has never publicly complained about being constrained by the U.S. Constitution or any other system designed by this nation’s Founding Fathers.
Mental Health Checks Violate Current Law…
Many gun control advocates have called for universal background checks on all perspective gun buyers to include scrutinizing would-be owners having their history of mental health disclosed and examined by government officials. Few, however, have noted that a blanket background mental health check would be in violation of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), which was signed into law in 1996 by then-president Bill Clinton.
In accordance with the HIPAA regulations, no American citizen can be forced or coerced to reveal any of their past medical history, be it their physical and/or mental health.