Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Review of Obama's Positions on Gun Control

The Democrats and Gun Control - WSJ.com Obama's position on gun control is long-standing, and (I believe) unchanged. He says "he doesn't have the votes." What he doesn't say is what he would do if he had the votes. I think past actions speak louder than any words he could come up with today.
In 1999, Mr. Obama urged enactment of a federal law prohibiting the operation of any gun store within five miles of a school or park. This would eliminate gun stores from almost the entire inhabited portion of the United States.

As a state senate candidate in 1996, Mr. Obama endorsed a complete ban on all handguns in a questionnaire. The Obama campaign has claimed he "never saw or approved the questionnaire," and that an aide filled it out incorrectly. But a few weeks ago, Politico.com found an amended version of the questionnaire. It included material added in Mr. Obama's handwriting.

When the U.S. Supreme Court voted last year to hear a case on the constitutionality of the Washington, D.C., handgun ban, Mr. Obama's campaign told the Chicago Tribune: "Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional" and that "local communities" should have the ability "to enact common sense laws." Other than Washington, D.C., the only American cities with handgun bans are Chicago and four of its suburbs. As a state senator, Mr. Obama voted against a 2004 bill (which passed overwhelmingly) to give citizens a legal defense against prosecution for violating a local handgun ban if they actually used the firearm for lawful self-defense on their own property.

Mr. Obama's campaign Web site touts his belief in the Second Amendment rights to have guns "for the purposes of hunting and target shooting." Conspicuously absent is the right to have firearms to defend one's self, home and family. In 2001, as a state senator, Mr. Obama voted against allowing the beneficiaries of domestic violence protective orders to carry handguns for protection.
He thinks outright bans are a good thing - reasonable. He isn't much on the subject of self-defense. He would rather honor misguided handgun bans than allow law-abiding citizens a chance to defend their families, and he doesn't have much sympathy for the victim's of domestic violence. The police are not obligated to protect them, the police are many minutes away in any case, and Mr. Obama is happy to have them defenseless in the face of violence. And there is a lot violence in domestic violence.

But the kicker is - he would be happy to eliminate guns stores from virtually the entire country. Yeah, he is a friend of the Second Amendment.

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