Santorum to NRA: Obama doesn’t understand America

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April 30, 2011

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Republican presidential aspirant Rick Santorum told National Rifle Association members at their annual convention Friday that President Barack Obama doesn’t “understand America,” and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told them the administration is “consistently anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment.”

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, criticized remarks the president made about two weeks ago when he said America not only was a better country because of social programs like Medicare and Medicaid but said, “I’ll go further — we would not be a great country without these commitments.”

“Mr. President,” Santorum said, “You don’t understand America if you believe that,” because it implies the United States wasn’t great for most of the first 200 years of its history.

Santorum spoke for 14 minutes and Gingrich spoke nearly twice as long, telling the crowd that the 2012 presidential election is the most important in the country’s history. Gingrich said the election will determine “whether we’re going to remain a nation that believes our rights come from our creator.”

Santorum, Gingrich and, later, freshman U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., spoke to NRA members mostly about general principles, including the concept of American exceptionalism. They defined it as not a claim to greatness because of pedigree, but because America is based on the idea that rights are God-given and inalienable — which they argued is meant to be reflected in limited government and maximum personal liberty.

“You loan power to the government. The government doesn’t loan power to you,” Gingrich said.

But the speakers also had specific criticisms of the current administration — from its views on the Second Amendment to foreign policy.

The White House referred a request for comment to the Democratic National Committee, which did not immediately return an e-mailed request for comment.

Earlier this week, the White House referred to a recent newspaper editorial by the president that stressed his views that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to own guns and noting that, because of policy changes he approved, people can now pack guns in luggage on Amtrak trains and carry them in federal parks and lands.

Despite that, Gingrich called the Obama administration “the most consistently anti-gun, and anti-Second Amendment administration we’ve ever seen.” He accused the administration of planning a “stealth” campaign to eliminate gun owners’ rights not by laws, but through international treaties that he says judges will determine take precedence over the Constitution.

Gingrich said that’s dangerous because he said the right to gun ownership is primarily a check on government power.

“The right to bear arms is not about hunting. It’s not about target shooting,” Gingrich said. “It is a political right of the deepest importance to the survival of freedom in America.”

 

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