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June 08, 2010 10:21 am ET

The following email has been widely forwarded and has been reposted numerous times on conservative blogs. Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below. Please feel free to copy and past it and send it to your friends.


[note - all mistakes below are original to the text]


Thanks for sending this to me. It seems like somebody is trying to put a scare into you! I thought I would look into this allegation that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are trying to undermine our 2nd Amendment rights. Here's what I found:

1)      The treaties that the email talks about have nothing to do with Americans owning guns in the USA.

2)      Private citizens could never be deprived of Constitutional rights by an international treaty. looked into this email a little while ago - they're a website that separates e-mail fact from e-mail fiction. Here's what they figured out: (

The UN has not even drafted a small arms treaty yet.

The treaty in that Reuters article "has nothing to do with restricting the sale or ownership of guns within the United States. The aim of a potential U.N. arms treaty is to combat the illicit international trade of small arms," and "even if such a treaty came to pass, U.S. rights and laws regarding the sale and ownership of small arms would still apply within the United States."

And no matter what, the President doesn't have the power to overrule the Constitution. Besides, if you look at the past year, it's pretty clear that Obama doesn't even want to! Last year, Congress actually ended a ban on guns in National Parks. (

The fact is, Obama hasn't done a thing to limit our 2nd Amendment rights - and the law has gotten looser in a lot of places. The New York Times put it this way: "When President Obama took office, gun rights advocates sounded the alarm, warning that he intended to strip them of their arms and ammunition. And yet the opposite is happening. Mr. Obama has been largely silent on the issue while states are engaged in a new and largely successful push for expanded gun rights, even passing measures that have been rejected in the past." (

I guess some people are so certain that Barack Obama wants to take their guns that they just can't believe the facts: Gun laws have been loosened around the country since the 2008 election, and nothing short of a Constitutional amendment or a radical Supreme Court ruling could take away your right to keep and bear arms.

Regardless of how you feel about the president, I think we can agree that this kind of dishonesty and playing on people's fears doesn't help us have any kind of productive discussion about politics.

I hope this was helpful and that you'll continue to share stuff like this with me in the future.


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