03 November 2008

Reason 4 of 7 to Vote McCain: The Second Amendment

Gun ownership has reared up again as an issue in a national election, particularly for hunters and handgun owners. Sen. Obama promises that he interprets the 2nd Amendment to mean personal ownership and use are protected, and that the 'orderly militia' clause is separate, and does not impede on personal weapons ownership and use. Sen. McCain also clearly supports personal handgun ownership and use, as well as weapons and ammunition for hunters. It seems the only way to differentiate the position between the two men is to examine their records, and herein lies the trouble for Obama.

Obama has made a big point of appealing to SW Pennsylvania residents, West Virginians, southern Ohio residents, and any place where hunting has deep roots or where handgun ownership is an accepted and open part of the culture. Pasted below is his voting record on gun issues according to the Vote Smart website (a non-partisan website that tracks voting records).

Gun Issues
(Back to top)
02/25/2008Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership
S Amdt 4070
NVAmendment Adopted - Senate
(78 - 11)
07/13/2006Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment
S Amdt 4615
YAmendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 16)
07/29/2005Firearms Manufacturers Protection bill
S 397
NBill Passed - Senate
(65 - 31)
07/28/2005Child Safety Lock Amendment
S AMDT 1626
YAmendment Adopted - Senate
(70 - 30)

The federal voting record is a mixed bag as far as gun-rights are concerned, but his state voting record is much more consistent (and lengthy), and uniformly seeks to restrict 2nd Amendment rights both directly and indirectly. I've again pasted it in below.

  • Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008)
  • Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok. (Feb 2008)
  • Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing. (Jan 2008)
  • 2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)
  • Concealed carry OK for retired police officers. (Aug 2007)
  • Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities. (Jul 2007)
  • Keep guns out of inner cities--but also problem of morality. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)
  • Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
Here we see that while Obama may claim to support handgun ownership, his record shows him seeking to put onerous restrictions on ownership, such that they are effectively banned. He supported the handgun ban in Illinois for instance. **An aside, having lived near D.C. and Chicago, and having worked in Chicago, I saw first hand how totally ineffective the handgun bans were in both those cities. They are the strictest in the nation, and yet gun violence is rampant in both cities. How sensible is that? OK, back to the main topic. ** I fully support reasonable regulation, but some of the bills Obama has supported go far beyond reasonable. Here is the link to detailed statements he has given about each of these state bills.

It hardly seems necessary to lay out John McCain's record and statements, but he has clearly supported 2nd Amendment rights, while still supporting reasonable regulation of certain weapons types, etc. Below is his record from Vote Smart. I think it reasonable to say we can safely omit the VP records - both are very well-known, and on opposite sides of this issue.

02/25/2008Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership
S Amdt 4070
NVAmendment Adopted - Senate
(78 - 11)
07/13/2006Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment
S Amdt 4615
YAmendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 16)
07/29/2005Firearms Manufacturers Protection bill
S 397
YBill Passed - Senate
(65 - 31)
07/28/2005Child Safety Lock Amendment
S AMDT 1626
YAmendment Adopted - Senate
(70 - 30)
03/02/2004Firearms Manufacturers Protection bill
S 1805
YBill Failed - Senate
(8 - 90)
05/20/1999Gun Show Sale Regulation Amendment
S Amdt 362
NAmendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 50)
07/21/1998Gun Lock Requirement Amendment
S Amdt 3230
YAmendment Tabled - Senate
(61 - 39)
11/20/1993Brady Handgun Bill
HR 1025
NBill Passed - Senate
(63 - 36)
11/17/1993Prohibiting the Possession of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons
S Amdt 1152
NAmendment Adopted - Senate
(56 - 43)
11/05/1993Charging Teens as Adults for Crimes Involving a Firearm
S Amdt 1117
NVAmendment Adopted - Senate
(64 - 23)



Do you want to protect your 2nd Amendment rights?

Vote John McCain for President!

1 comment:

  1. When it comes to guns, Obama never met a BAN he didn't like!

    (apologies to Will Rogers!)

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