The Constitution of the United States was amended to protect the individual rights of citizens to bear arms for security. There is no language in the constitution referring to "hunting" or a "sporting purpose." The reason for the right to keep and bear arms is to protect individual liberty from both foreign and domestic threats; and perhaps most importantly, against a tyrannical government. In a quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson, "The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
Mr. President, please do not attempt to infringe upon these rights.
Response to Petition
Thank you for your petition.
President Obama strongly believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.
That's never been in question.
But the right guaranteed by the Second Amendment carries with it certain responsibilities, and there are commonsense steps we can take right now to protect our children and keep our communities safe. For instance, we can close the loopholes in the background check system that make it too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to buy guns — an idea that has the support of 90 percent of people in the United States, by the way.
So here's what we're doing.
Fully consistent with our Second Amendment rights, we've put together a proposal to help prevent tragic mass shootings like those in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Tucson. If you want to see the specifics of our plan, you should visit WhiteHouse.gov/NowIsTheTime.
And whether or not Congress passes gun safety legislation, President Obama is already taking steps to make our country safer with executive actions. He's strengthening the existing background check system, giving law enforcement officials more tools to prevent gun violence, ending the freeze on gun violence research, making schools safer, and improving access to mental health care. You can read more about that here.
While these are each important steps, they’re not a replacement for Congressional action. Passing commonsense gun safety legislation to expand background checks and to make gun trafficking a federal crime is essential.
So we'll continue to push to make that happen.