The key to Obama's success thus far is a campaign of obfuscation on the issues. He knew that he need only drop off a press release on any given topic with the MSM, and they would dutifully report it as 'fact' and neglect to investigate his actual voting record and prior statements. Even Obama himself must be impressed with the success this tactic has had.
Just as his friendships with terrorists, black racists and crooks go largely unreported, so too his views on abortion, his huge windfall contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and his long string of failures as a 'community activist' never see the light of day.
When it comes to what Barack Obama really believes, however, no topic is more obscure than the Second Amendment. He claims he supports the Second Amendment, as he must in order to remain viable as a candidate. As with so many other issues however, with Obama these are merely words, crafted to tell his audience exactly what it wants to hear. His deeds tell another story. When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Heller case regarding the District of Columbia handgun ban, Obama said "there is an individual right to bear arms, but it is subject to common-sense regulation just like most of our rights are subject to common-sense regulation. But when 55 senators signed a brief arguing that the handgun ban was unconstitutional, Obama was not one of them. By his action, Obama showed where he really stood on the issue.
If you dig a little bit into his past, Obama actions left a paper trail and a history of hostility to the Second Amendment that reveals just how deep his loathing of guns, and his loathing of those who bitterly cling to them, really is. In 1998, Obama filled out a 'political courage test' by Project Vote Smart, and his answers speak for themselves:
David T. Hardy tells us that Obama was chairman of the Joyce Foundation, which funds a veritable empire of anti-gun propaganda. Under Obama's watch, the Joyce Foundation strongarmed the Chicago-Kent Law Review into publishing a 'symposium' that only included anti-gun articles. Those articles, unfortunately, found their way into federal anti-gun case law. The breadth and depth of the Joyce Foundation anti-gun propaganda mill is rather astonishing; click here to see a 'mind map' of the organization's beneficiaries.
The big issue here is not guns; it is obvious that Obama is an über-liberal and of course he wants to limit gun rights as much as possible. That is just leftist orthodoxy, and there is nothing in Obama's record that shows he is any kind of iconoclast when it comes to breaking with liberal views. The issue here is how a candidate for president can go completely unvetted on the Second Amendment by a press that lays down and refuses to do its job. That is not press dysfunction; it is wilfull and deliberate.