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White House petition demands Syrian rebels follow American gun restrictions

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A new petition on the White House's "We the People" site asks the Obama administration to "require that Syrian rebels receiving weapons be held to the same restrictions as American citizens."

The petition states that the administration should require any rebels receiving firearms from the U.S. government "receive only firearms legal for U.S. civilian ownership and undergo the same background and security checks a U.S. civilian would, including appropriate NFA [National Firearms Act] tax stamps and waiting periods."

Last week, President Obama announced that he would send weapons to rebels in Syria and has stationed 300 troops just outside the Syrian border in Jordan. The decision was based on reports of Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Some may see the irony in Obama's decision. For the past six months in America, Obama has led an assault campaign against the Second Amendment. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden said that the administration has "completed or made significant progress" on 21 of 23 executive actions Obama said he would take during a January press conference on gun control. Remember that list? It was basically a shopping list full of vague requirements and such winning, privacy-invading suggestions as "Clarify that the [Obamacare] does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes."

Why does the president trust Syrian weapons with guns more than he trusts American citizens with them?

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Ashe Schow

Commentary Writer
The Washington Examiner