Obama Speaks Up For Gun Control, Says AK-47’s Only Belong In The Hands Of Soldiers

Barack Obama

Right after Obama was first elected to office gun and ammunition sales in America skyrocketed and the 2nd amendment faithful stocked up in advance of what they thought was a new push for stricter gun control. Sales spiked so high, and so fast, that there were ammunition shortages across the nation. The gun industry was, jokingly, giving the President awards for helping them sell so many firearms.

Obama’s support for gun control turned out to be something akin to his support for closing Guantanamo Bay, which is to say that it was purely rhetorical. More a ploy to fire up his liberal base than any real part of his policy agenda.

But with the Aurora shooting in the news this election year, and high-profile gun control activists like Mayor Michael Bloomberg breathing down his neck, Obama apparently felt like he needed to at least pay lip service to the issue again. The DNC’s executive director is saying Obama wants to re-institute the assault weapons ban, and Obama himself is saying that AK-47’s only belong in the hands of soldiers:

Support for gun control has become fairly toxic for American politicians, so you have to wonder why Obama would want to touch this third rail in an election year, Aurora and political pressure from his base not withstanding. The answer is that he’s probably safe at least mouthing some words about it because not like Mitt ‘There Are Differences Between Myself And The NRA’ Romney has the moral authority to call down a storm of righteous indignation over gun rights.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • mickey_moussaoui

    AK-47’s are antiques compared to the options available today

    • Captornado

      Actually, a real AK-47 remains one of the best made ‘assault’ rifles of all time.

      • SigFan

        Dirt simple mechanics, highly reliable, reasonable power and accuracy. You’re right, the real AK-47 (fully automatic fire) is a formidable weapon and as true assault rifles go one of the best designs in history.

  • Bat One

    Support for gun control has become fairly toxic for American politicians, so you have to wonder why Obama would want to touch this third rail in an election year,

    First of all, Obama has always opposed private ownership of firearms throughout his political career. Just as importantly, as you pointed out earlier, support among Obama’s radical leftwing base has been dwindling, and this is one more, entirely comfortable attempt to rally those constitutionally ambivalent troops.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Hes always said he has supported it, sure, but when has he ever actually pushed?

      I dont doubt he would though, fee from ever needing to get elected again

      • Bat One

        I believe you’ll find that in his very first year in the Illinois state Senate he authored legislation banning firearms sales within 5 miles of a school, church, or daycare center… a pretty effective ban had it passed.

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          Did he ever sign a permanent ban on assault weapons as Governor?

          Romney signs off on permanent assault weapons ban

          Governor Mitt Romney has signed into law a permanent assault weapons ban that he says will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on these guns.

          “Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts,” Romney said, at a bill signing ceremony on July 1 with legislators, sportsmen’s groups and gun safety advocates. “These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

          Like the federal assault weapons ban, the state ban, put in place in 1998, was scheduled to expire in September. The new law ensures these deadly weapons, including AK-47s, UZIs and Mac-10 rifles, are permanently prohibited in Massachusetts no matter what happens on the federal level.


          • Bat One

            And… ?

            After the Aurora massacre Obama – predictably – calls for stricter gun control, while Mr. Romney says that tighter controls on firearms would clearly not have prevented the slaughter.

            So, what exactly was your point?

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Well, B O, my point is that you seem to oppose a ban on certain types of gun while you support a gop who banned certain types of guns.

            And that cracks me up.

          • robert108

            Your only “point” is to change the subject.

          • Bat One

            Small minds are often easily amused. There are so many reasons to support Mr. Romney instead of Obama, and gun control is only one issue. I’m satisfied with what Mr. Romney said after the Aurora slaughter.

          • Onslaught1066

            Mitt Romney can proudly lay claim to being one of only two candidates for President that didn’t say this:

            “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Barack Obama 7-13 2012.

            He did suggest that family is important to the lives of our Olympians and you can denigrate that if you like.

          • robert108

            The liberal propagandist is always trying to change the subject.

          • robert108

            Just keep trying to change the subject, liberal.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I suppose obama is just showing his ignorance by picking on the AK-47 considering it is practically an antique from the early 1950’s and he really meant to say “assault rifles”. But once again his knee jerk emotional liberal self comes through in flying rainbow colors as usual. He wouldn’t dare get too bold during a re-election campaign to go after guns, not with his slipping support as it is.

    • GunnySarge

      Simple platform to use. Even Barry and his merry band can fire it clean it.

  • Gunny Sarge

    In the hands of which soldiers the Russians or the Chinese or maybe Hugo Chavez’s troops. Really Barry! It figures that you would say such crap. Barry you and your choom gang are going to open up one hell of a can of worms!! NRA called the other day. I sent them 100 bucks plus I sponsored a new membership for one of our returning troops. Keep it coming Barry, Hanny, Emil etc. You will not win this fight.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    He probably meant Kalashnikovs.

  • Wayne

    I saw O’Reily go nuts last night because the theater kill used a (gasp) ‘powerful AK-47′. An AK-47 is not that big of a gun. There are much more powerful hunting rounds. These lefties (including O’Reily) have no clue about any of the stuff they want to control. It’s like when they freak out over ‘assault rifles’. Idiots.

    • Wayne

      Meant ‘killer’. Sorry.

  • robert108

    Liberals have a standard kneejerk reaction to guns; first, they pee themselves in fear, then they start shrieking “gun control”, “gun control” in a high-pitched voice.

    • jamermorrow

      Please remember that John McCain is one of the most anti gun politicians in the country. Reagan banned the registration of anymore full autos.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      The more I investigate McCain, the more firmly I am convinced that I cannot vote for him, as a matter of principle. He’s a shit sandwich I just refuse to eat.

      By robert108 on June 22, 2008 at 03:50 pm


      …IMO, Romney is another McCain. Do you want another McCain?

      10/14/2011 06:40 PM in reply to Neiman


      Vote for Romney…!

      Yesterday 03:56 PM in reply to banjo kid

      Governor Mitt Romney has signed into law a permanent assault weapons ban that he says will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on these guns.

      “Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts,” Romney said,
      at a bill signing ceremony on July 1 with legislators, sportsmen’s groups and gun safety advocates. “These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”


      • robert108

        When smacked with the truth, the lying liberal propagandist scrambles to change the subject.
        Thanks for endlessly repeating my words about why I decided to vote for Sarah Palin, liar.
        I will vote for Romney to make America profitable again, just like he made Bain Capital profitable. We need to get rid of the Marxist in the White House who is stagnating our economy.

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          Big 180 McCain voter and world redounded sheet sandwich gourmand, no one expects you to vote for anyone other that the sheet sandwich in any election.

          Keep up the good work.

          • robert108

            Still scrambling to change the subject, eh, liar? Your shit sandwich is ruining our country, and we want him to fail at doing that.

    • Neiman

      SAB Readers: See below the delusional state of mind of all liberals? This cretin lives in the past, he cannot construct a rational argument for or against anything, he and most liberals can only copy/paste, always out of context turning the words copied into a lie by their deceit.

      This pathetic creature did not offer a single original word, he does not possess the intellectual necessities to engage in rational debate and that represents liberalism. Failed ideas, policies destructive of people and the nation, all based on the past, all based on using the words of others, because they are intellectually bankrupt.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Nice job on your promise to ignore me, Old Pal.
        You’re a pip!

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Thought you might like to read what you promised us just yesterday so you can get your phony defense in order, Old Pal.

        Neiman posted a comment in From The Bottomless Barrel Of gop Dickishness: Disgraced AZ gop Blames Aurora Victims For Getting Shot · a day ago
        I will break my rule this one time, please read slowly and get this straight.

        1. I will no longer reply at all, even remotely whenever you address
        me as your old pal. You are doing it solely because you are thoroughly

        2. I will not reply, even remotely, when you cannot engage in a
        rational, civil manner and never to your vacuous, inane, nonsensical
        one-liners. That is more of your evil.

        3. You are a self confessed non-Christian, I believe the evidence
        suggests you are thoroughly demon possessed and you have no credibility
        when you speak of Christianity, you are outside the faith and an enemy
        of Christ.

        4. Even reading your words makes me feel like I am immersed in the excrement that is your filthy life.

        Why do you like immersing yourself in things you think are excrement? Is that some kinky fetish you’re into? Yuk.

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  • two_amber_lamps

    Oh another gun topic? Where’s Chris, our resident leftist gun moron authority? Oh please Mr. Chris… regale us with your knowledge of the NFA and your firearms prowess! Enthrall us with your smokeless powder acumen!

  • ‘Tom Crawford

    Seriously out of touch if he does not know that US Troops do NOT use AK-47s.

    • Roy_Bean

      I hope you are right but I’m not convinced he really thinks the U.S. needs troops. I think he would turn our national defense over to the U.N.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

    The only “soldiers” using AK’s today are terror groups and the like, no?

  • [email protected]

    Even the majority of NRA members support reasonable gun control measures: http://e2.ma/message/p7lcb/hhkjgb

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    People have been bludgeoned to death with golf clubs. Better ban ‘em all, just to be safe!

    • fedupny

      And steel pipes, baseball bats, rocks, kitchen knives, …

      Of course Obama would be exempt from the golf club ban, being C-in-C.

  • SigFan

    The only gun control that matters is a tight, five-shot group. Other than that it’s more liberal bed-wetting.

  • WOOF

    NRA lifetime members ave reported that while cleaning their weapons, discovering the barrels had been replaced with a substance tasting of licorice.

  • sbark

    of course…….his “soilders” would be New Black Panthers, ACORN, SEIU and CAIR members only…….maybe IRS Agents

  • mikemc1970

    Oh please Mr. President, push this hard. As hard as you can and with every breath that you release.

    • Bat One

      Between golf and fund-raising he’s kinda busy just now.

  • Emil Kashuntz

    We are all scared little boys, and we need our guns. What if a black man comes into our neighborhood? Almost everyday I have to use my gun to defend myself. Without my gun I would be scared all the time. The country is awash with liberals, Mexicans, and a lot of people who are not just like me. I need my gun because I am afraid and the world is so scary. It is my right. I am brave, but don’t ask me to go around unarmed.

    • Wilbert LaFince

      Emil sometimes I like to hike and I need my gun to protect me from mountain lions, rattlesnakes, and other scary things.

    • robert108

      Liberals always reveal their inner psychoses when they project onto real Americans.

    • Bat One

      Of course… liberal race-baiting. The ultimate, go-to, talking point cliche when a leftard gets cornered and can think of nothing pertinent to say in response. I’m surprised it took you so long!

    • SiSenor

      I am sorry about that Emil. I take it you live in Israel?

  • Captornado

    I honestly don’t know anyone who owns an AK-47. The Colorado crazy didn’t use an AK-47, he didn’t even use an ‘Assault’ rifle. The ignorance of people about firearms is simply astounding since there has been so much ‘talk’ about them lately.

    • chris

      Is the AR-15 not an assault rifle? That was one he used.

      • SigFan

        Technically to classify as an assault rifle the weapon must be capable of fully automatic fire.The type of weapon he used conforms in appearance to an assault rifle, but not in performance. Semi-automatic militaristic looking rifles have been wrongly called “assault weapons” for the convenience of anti-gun propagandists. And to some extent it works because they look scary to ignorant people who do not know what they are talking about.

        • Bat One

          The type of weapon he used conforms in appearance to an assault rifle, but not in performance.

          But Sig, you know very well that appearances are all that matters to liberals. Reality is so much more discomforting and awkward for those on the Left.

      • Captornado

        No! Any rifle/pistol that does not have select fire capability is NOT an ‘assault’ weapon. Magazine capacity is not a determining factor in defining what is and is not an assault weapon. Functionally speaking there is NO difference between an AR-15 (which uninformed people associate as being an assault rifle) with a Remington 742, Browning BAR, or Benelli R1 which most people would associate as being a ‘hunting’ rifle.

  • NDSuperman

    I think that there is something here that most of the readers here are missing. If you listen close, you can hear him say, “AK-47’s belong in the hands of solders and not in the hands of criminals” Notice he didn’t say citizen, though to me, it seems as though he is implying that in order to keep a criminal from getting their hands on them, that no one should have them.

    It is, of course, already illegal for a criminal (anyone with a felony) to carry or even own a firearm. Aside from that, isn’t this statement a no-brainer? What I mean is, I don’t want a criminal to have a baseball bat or a nail gun.

    • chris

      Unfortunately this guy wasn’t a criminal until a few days ago. Background checks should not only be about checking the criminal record, but also a thorough pysch and mental balance check.

      • NDSuperman

        sure…in theory anyway, but which other right requires a “mental balance” check? There’s no doubt that I would like to preform a mental balance check on some members of the press, but in all honesty, don’t you think that this kind of precaution is futile anyway? And which government agent preforms the check? I’m not ready to give that power to some one.

        So let’s say that guy in Colorado is somehow denied the purchase of a firearm…let’s not forget what Timothy McVeigh did with some fertilizer and racing fuel. So…in that respect, we should maybe be thankful he used firearms.

        • Onslaught1066

          Freedom of the press?

      • robert108

        How do you know? Have you thoroughly researched his background? Please give us the details of your research.

    • robert108

      Notice which soldiers carry AKs, and you will see who obama thinks about. Hint: it’s not our soldiers.

  • e4bannan

    This is the AK-47 assault rifle, the preferred weapon of your enemy; and it makes a distinctive sound when fired at you, so remember it. “—-GYSGT Tom Highway

    “AK-47s Belong in the Hands of Soldiers”——Shitstain in chief

  • Emil Kashuntz

    I am a brave gun man. I need my gun to feel safe on the streets. You can rob me blind with Republican tax cuts for the rich, but as long as you protect my masculinity by letting me carry a big gun you got my vote. I not stupid it just seems that way.

    • Captornado

      No, you really are stupid would be my bet.

    • robert108

      “You can rob me blind with Republican tax cuts for the rich,”

      The endlessly repeated liberal lie. Tax rate reductions do the opposite of “rob”; they leave more money in the private sector, which pays for everything. It is actually the greed of Democrats for tax hikes that is robbing us day after day.

    • Dave

      How does keeping tax cuts for others rob you? You’re obviously the typical left-leaning loonie: “I want what I want – as long as someone else pays for it.” As for the guns, if you’re so afraid of them, there are plenty of places where it’s illegal to own one. Feel free to move there anytime.

  • Dave

    When are these fools going to realize that no law they pass will affect criminals? Criminals don’t abide by the law, that’s why they’re called criminals. No law ever passed, including a complete ban, will stop criminals from misusing weapons. No law ever passed would have stopped that creep from shooting those people in Aurora, because he’s simply going to ignore it. The only thing that would have stopped him was if there were a few people in the audience that were carrying, and who stood up and shot that SOB as he started shooting others. The only way to stop a nutcase with a gun is by the good guys carrying guns.
    The only way to ban guns is by passing laws against them, laws the criminals are going to ignore. Banning guns will stop the good guys from carrying but will not stop the bad guys. Banning guns is going to lead to more bloodbaths like Aurora. You need to take care of your own security, the police will not and cannot do it for you!

  • Harold

    Democrats have never hid the fact that their ultimate goal is confiscation of all guns from the hands of law biding americans.

  • joeb

    Maybe we should just pass a law against killing people who present no harm to anyone….



    That didn’t work either.

  • fredlave

    “Obama Speaks Up For Gun Control, Says AK-47′s Only Belong In The Hands Of Soldiers” and Mexican drug cartel members.

  • jamermorrow

    John McCain’s record on gun control is much worse than Obamas. Granted, Obama never was around to vote on the same measures. McCain sponsored a bill to outlaw the private sale of firearms. If he was president we would definitely be getting more gun control. At least with Obama in office the Republicans will fight any gun control measures.