Gun owners rejoice! President Obama backs the Second Amendment. Obama note, handwritten on White House stationary, has surfaced on the auction market in which the target of the National Rifle Association pledges his support for gun owners. While his words never mention gun rights specifically and aren’t likely to satisfy everyone concerned about some of Obama’s policies, the February 18, 2009 note was a direct answer to a hunter concerned about rumors that the administration was planning to impose policies that would boost the price of ammunition and guns and possibly ban weapons altogether. The rumors have become so widespread that even the NRA has issued a statement shooting many down.
Still, Obama remains in the cross hairs of the gun lob-by because of some of his policies. For example his pick of Andrew Traver as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has come under fire. NRA lobbyist Chris Cox says Traver is “deeply aligned with gun control advocates and anti-gun activities. This makes him the wrong choice to lead an enforcement agency that has almost exclusive oversight and control over the firearms industry, its retailers and consumers.” Alexander Autograph’s Bill Panagopulos tells us that very few Obama notes on White House stationary have surfaced, and of those hardly any on such a controversial issue. He estimates that the note could sell for at $8,000-$10,000.