Senior Gun Rights Activist Blasts Obama at July 4th Tea Party
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Public Affairs Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms blasted the Obama Administration for his shifting support of the 2nd Amendment at the Prince William County Tea Party in Woodbridge, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
"Obama's shifts of positions on gun rights makes me think of a snake on roller skates," said John M. Snyder at a suburban Washington, D.C. Fourth of July TEA Party. "The President slithers and shimmies in the White House, throughout the country, and on the issues," he added.
Snyder also serves on the board of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. Shotgun News recently named him the senior gun-rights activist in Washington.
He noted that Obama's record in the Illinois Senate and the U.S. Senate showed "there was hardly an anti-gun proposal he would not endorse. He indicated he supported the District of Columbia handgun ban before the Supreme Court struck it down last year. After the Court's ruling, he said he agreed with the decision. He then campaigned as a candidate who would support individual Second Amendment rights.
"But when he had his first chance to nominate a Supreme Court justice, he named a candidate, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who in January ruled with the Second Circuit Court in Maloney v. Cuomo that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.
Snyder also noted that Obama is trying to persuade the Senate to ratify the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA).
Also, Snyder noted the Obama Administration's issuance of a Homeland Security Assessment implying that citizens who support gun rights or other American traditions constitute a threat to public order. The Assessment, which was eventually withdrawn, also targeted returning American servicemen and servicewomen.