Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Don’t Believe Obama on the Second Amendment!

The NRA has recently posted an expanded version of their article “On the Second Amendment, Don’t Believe Obama!” on the NRA-ILA website.

This blog took a detailed look at Senator Obama’s record and views a couple of months ago, and quite frankly nothing in the NRA document is a surprise to this author. What’s interesting is that a large portion of the country doesn’t seem to “get it” yet, and is accusing the NRA of “misrepresenting” Obama’s position. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth – the positions outlined by the NRA are spot on, and as a result Obama represents a clear and present danger to the Second Amendment.

However, the pro-Obama response is no real surprise. Obama was able to create a cult of personality that propelled him to the Democratic nomination. Now all of his positions will come under intense scrutiny as we move into the general election season. The Democrats have been working to paint themselves as moderates, and have even been running pro-gun candidates to gain and maintain a majority in Congress. Unfortunately Obama is the antithesis of a “pro-gun Democrat” – he’s an anti-Second Amendment radical in the vein of Feinstien, Kennedy, and others. The Republicans will attempt to hammer this point home, but the Obama campaign is going to unique lengths to control the message and tenor of the campaign.

The Obama campaign has taken the unusual step of creating an action site on his campaign webpage to “fight the smears” of the right. At this point, none of the NRA claims are being “refuted” by the Obama campaign, but I expect it is only a matter of time before the political apologists will weigh in.

For the record, here are the NRA points on Obama’s Second Amendment stance (with references at the end of the blog entry):

FACT: Barack Obama voted to allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt the firearms industry.(1)

FACT: Barack Obama wants to re-impose the failed and discredited Clinton Gun Ban.(2)

FACT: Barack Obama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting.(3)

FACT: Barack Obama has endorsed a complete ban on handgun ownership.(2)

FACT: Barack Obama supports local gun bans in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities.(4)

FACT: Barack Obama voted to uphold local gun bans and the criminal prosecution of people who use firearms in self-defense.(5)

FACT: Barack Obama supports gun owner licensing and gun registration.(6)


FACT: Barack Obama refused to sign a friend-of-the-court Brief in support of individual Second Amendment rights in the Heller case.


FACT: Barack Obama opposes Right to Carry laws.(7)

FACT: Barack Obama was a member of the Board of Directors of the Joyce Foundation, the leading source of funds for anti-gun organizations and “research.”(8)


FACT: Barack Obama supported a proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles of a school or park, which would eliminate almost every gun store in America.(9)


FACT: Barack Obama voted not to notify gun owners when the state of Illinois did records searches on them.(10)


FACT: Barack Obama voted against a measure to lower the Firearms Owners Identification card age minimum from 21 to 18, a measure designed to assist young people in the military.(11)


FACT: Barack Obama favors a ban on standard capacity magazines.(12)

FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory micro-stamping.(13)

FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory waiting periods.(2)

FACT: Barack Obama supports repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment, which prohibits information on gun traces collected by the BATFE from being used in reckless lawsuits against firearm dealers and manufacturers.(14)

FACT: Barack Obama supports one-gun-a-month sales restrictions.(9)

FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on inexpensive handguns.(9)


FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on the resale of police issued firearms, even if the money is going to police departments for replacement equipment.(9)


FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory firearm training requirements for all gun owners and a ban on gun ownership for persons under the age of 21.(9)


Regardless of what political spin, apology, or obfuscation some people wish to apply to Obama’s Second Amendment stance, it is clear that he is an absolute radical gun control proponent. The prevailing theme that Obama is running on is “change” – unfortunately the “change” he represents is turning America into a British style disarmed nation. An outcome which must be strongly opposed and avoided!

Until next time!


References:

1. United States Senate, S. 397, vote number 219, July 2, 2005. (http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00219)

2. Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization general candidate questionnaire, Sept. 9, 1996. The responses on this survey were described in “Obama had greater role on liberal survey,” Politico, March 31, 20087. (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9269.html)

3. United States Senate, S. 397, vote number 217, Kennedy amendment July 2, 2005. (http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00217)

4. David Wright, Ursula Fahy and Sunlen Miller, "Obama: 'Common Sense Regulation' On Gun Owners' Rights," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, http://blogs.abcnews.com, 2/15/08. (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/02/obama-common-se.html)

5. Illinois Senate, March 25, 2004 SB 2165, vote 20.

6. “Fact Check: No News In Obama's Consistent Record.” Obama ’08, December 11, 2007. (http://www.barackobama.com/factcheck/2007/12/11/fact_check_no_news_in_obamas_c.php)

7. “Candidates' gun control positions may figure in Pa. vote,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, April 2, 2008, and "Keyes, Obama Are Far Apart On Guns," Chicago Tribune, 9/15/04. (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_560181.html)

8. 1998 Joyce Foundation Annual Report, p. 7. (http://www.joycefdn.org/pdf/98_AnnualReport.pdf)

9. “Obama and Gun Control,” The Volokh Conspiracy, taken from the Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999. (http://www.volokh.com/posts/1203389334.shtml)

10. Illinois Senate, May 5, 2002, SB 1936 Con., vote 26.

11. Illinois Senate, March 25, 2003, SB 2163, vote 18.

12. “Clinton, Edwards, Obama on gun control,” Radio Iowa, Sunday, April 22, 2007. (http://learfield.typepad.com/radioiowa/2007/04/clinton_edwards.html)

13. Chicago Tribune blogs, “Barack Obama: NIU Shootings call for action,” February 15, 2008, (http://blogs.trb.com/news/politics/blog/2008/02/barack_obama_comments_on_shoot.html)

14. Barack Obama campaign website: “As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment . . .” (http://www.barackobama.com/issues/urbanpolicy/#crime-and-law-enforcement.)

1 comment:

Muslims Against Sharia said...

Senator Obama is NOT a Dirty Muslim!

"What you won't hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge," says Mr. Obama, while denouncing statements of him being a Muslim as a smear. Why is the presidential candidate who claims to be religiously inclusive is treating the word "Muslim" as an insult? Apparently, it is OK for Mr. Obama to be associated with terrorists like William Ayers or racists like Jeremiah Wright, but God forbid somebody would call him a Muslim! No, he won't stand for that kind of smear! We admit that most terrorists are Muslims, but most Muslims are not terrorists and the statement on Mr. Obama's website is insulting to hundreds of millions of people.

How could a man who discards his family heritage in favor of political expediency be even considered for presidency of the United States? Where are all the so-called "Islamic civil rights groups" like CAIR, MPAC, ISNA, MAS, etc. who are quick to defend every Islamic terrorist, but are silent when Muslims in general are being denigrated? Would Mr. Obama have the same reaction if someone claimed that he was raised as a Jew? We sincerely doubt that.

Muslims Against Sharia demand immediate removal of "SMEAR: Barack Obama is a Muslim" statement from the official Barack Obama's website as well as an apology for giving the word "Muslim" a negative connotation.

http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2008/06/senator-obama-is-not-dirty-muslim.html