President Obama’s new gun control regulations announced on Tuesday from the White House East Room, and followed by a CNN town hall on Thursday evening with Anderson Cooper, prompted a strong Facebook response from Lily Tang Williams, who immigrated from China to the U.S. in 1988.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, in a call to stop gun violence, Obama is implementing new gun control policies, via executive order, i.e., without obtaining approval from Congress. He wants to expand the background checks for individuals who purchase guns and other weapons. In addition, he also wants more weapon sellers to acquire licenses and reduce the number of small sellers who are exempted from getting the appropriate documentation.
The right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Legal gun sales since Obama took office as president have gone through the roof, and background checks on Black Friday 2015 set an all-time record.
According to the Associated Press, none of the gun control policies Obama announced on Tuesday would have prevented the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, (the reminder of which brought Obama to tears on Tuesday), the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, or any other recent mass shooting, however.
In January 2014, in commenting on his willingness to bypass Congress when favored legislation fails to pass on Capitol Hill, Obama famously said that “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions….,” CBS News reported at the time.
During the town hall event at George Mason University in Virginia, the president at one point claimed that his policies will make it “a little more difficult and a little more expensive” to obtain a firearm, which, in his view, could deter straw purchases of guns for resale to wrongdoers, thereby reducing crime.
Parenthetically, attorney Andrew Branca, an expert on gun laws, claims that the Obama gun control measures will have very little practical or real-world effect.
A Colorado businesswoman, Libertarian, and grassroots activist, Lily Tang Williams took to Facebook to express her opinion (along with a picture that speaks for itself) about President Obama’s gun control initiative through executive action.
“If you believe more gun control by your government is going to save lives, you are being naïve. The champion of all the mass killings in this world is always a tyrannical government. Where I came from, China had killed thousands of the students by its own government during the massacre of Tian An Men square in 1989. I surely wish my fellow Chinese citizens back then had guns like this one I am holding in the picture. I am a Chinese immigrant and an American citizen by choice. I once was a slave before and I will never be one again. I will always stand with my AR, no matter what my President signs with his pen.”
During the CNN broadcast, the president dismissed as a conspiracy theory that he was out to take guns away from ordinary Americans. A CNN focus group watching the event concluded, however, that the endgame was gun confiscation from law-abiding citizens, The Blaze reported.
In a September 2013, essay published by National Review Online, Lily Tang Williams explained that she grew up in Chengdu, China, where (like everywhere else in the huge country) the populace was kept under the boot of the Communist government, including through corrupt police. China has strict gun control policies in place to this day.
As in her Facebook posting, she asserted the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 would have turned out differently if the populace had access to firearms
“I tried so hard to come to the U.S. for personal freedom, including the freedom guaranteed by the Second Amendment: the right to keep and bear arms, which makes me feel like a free person, not a slave. I felt empowered when I finally held my own gun. For the first time in my life, I truly knew I was free. I think the Founding Fathers of this country were very wise. They put that in the Constitution because they knew that a government could become either powerful or weak and that the citizens’ last defense is the ability to bear arms to protect themselves against tyranny and criminals…Having previously lived under a tyranny, it seems clear to me that the U.S. government is going to try to infringe my Second Amendment right. What happened in China could happen in America…”
In a New York Times Op-Ed, President Obama essentially warned his fellow Democrats not to expect him to support their reelection unless they, in turn, support his gun control agenda.
“On Tuesday, I announced new steps I am taking within my legal authority to protect the American people and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. They include making sure that anybody engaged in the business of selling firearms conducts background checks, expanding access to mental health treatment and improving gun safety technology. These actions won’t prevent every act of violence, or save every life — but if even one life is spared, they will be well worth the effort. Even as I continue to take every action possible as president, I will also take every action I can as a citizen. I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform.”
Jayme Metzgar of The Federalist suggested that George Mason University, named after one of the Founding Fathers, was an ironic location for Obama’s nationally televised gun control forum. Mason “was both a stalwart defender of individual rights—including the right to bear arms—and a fierce critic of government’s propensity to exceed its authority. In other words, he’d not only be against what the president did this week; he’d be even more firmly opposed to how he did it.”
[image via Lily4Liberty/Facebook]