Obama is Anti-2nd Amendment
As a gun-owner and someone who has escaped injury due to private gun ownership at least three times, I pay attention to the voting records of candidates regarding the 2nd Amendment.
I recently wrote about the NRA’s disappointing endorsement of Senator John McCain, in spite of his clear record of being an enemy of the right’s of gun-owners. A much more logical choice would have been 3rd party candidates Bob Barr or Chuck Baldwin, as an endorsement of Barack Obama would have been equally unthinkable.
Obama has claimed to be a supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but his voting record indicates otherwise.
Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director, Richard Pearson, has this to say about Senator Obama-
While a state senator, Obama voted for a bill that would ban nearly every hunting rifle, shotgun and target rifle owned by Illinois citizens. That same bill would authorize the state police to raid homes of gun owners to forcibly confiscate banned guns. Obama supported a bill that would shut down law-abiding firearm manufacturers including Springfield Armory, Armalite, Rock River Arms and Les Baer. Obama also voted for a bill that would prohibit law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one gun per month. While a state senator, Obama voted 4 times against legislation that would allow a homeowner to use a firearm in defense of home and family (Illinois Senate, S.B. 2165, vote 20, 3/25/04).
During an Illinois Senate debate with Alan Keyes, Obama said, “I think it’s a scandal that this president [Bush] did not authorize a renewal of the assault weapons ban.”
Pajamas Media has an interesting article regarding Obama’s tenure as the director of the Joyce Foundation, a non-profit organization that “spent millions creating and supporting anti-gun organizations.”
As a US Senator, Obama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting (United States Senate, S. 397, vote 217, 7/29/05).
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports this regarding Obama’s view on the DC gun ban-
Obama personally voiced support for the D.C. ban at other times. In February, Leon Harris, a news anchor for the ABC affiliate in Washington, said to Obama: “One other issue that’s of great importance here in the district as well is gun control … but you support the D.C. handgun ban.” Obama’s simple response: “Right.” When Harris added “and you’ve said that it’s constitutional,” Obama again said “right,” and he is clearly seen on tape nodding his head in agreement.
And of course there’s Obama’s now infamous comment made at a private fundraiser in San Francisco, during which he said economic problems had led voters in some small towns to become “bitter” and “cling to guns or religion”.
Despite his recent claims of being in support of gun rights, Obama’s record speaks for itself. He is no friend to gun-owners, nor a supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and gun enthusiasts would be wise to remember this come November.