Sunday, August 31, 2008

Obama anti-gun positions

Writing in the National Review, author David Feddoso discusses Senator Obama's anti-gun positions.
Denver — In 2007, Senator Barack Obama stood up for a gun owner. He endorsed Chicago Alderman Dorothy Tillman in her Democratic primary. Not only was she a gun owner, but she had even pulled a gun on her colleagues during a contentious 1991 ward redistricting hearing, according to eyewitnesses. Tillman, best known for demanding to be served by black (not white) waiters, and for advocating reparations for slavery, narrowly lost her race despite Obama’s support.

It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that this was the strongest effort Obama has ever made to support gun rights.
According to a 1996 questionnaire he filled out while running for the Illinois Senate, Obama promised to support a ban on “the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.” Even though Obama’s handwriting appeared on the questionnaire, Obama’s campaign would claim earlier this year that his staff filled it out and he was completely unaware of the answer he had given.

You don’t have to go back that far to find Obama taking an extreme stance against gun rights. In 2004, while running for the U.S. Senate, he promised to bar citizens nationwide from receiving concealed-carry permits. The Chicago Tribune reported then that Obama “backed federal legislation that would ban citizens from carrying weapons, except for law enforcement.” Obama explained his plan to pre-empt state concealed-carry laws with a federal bill: “National legislation,” Obama said at the time, “will prevent other states’ flawed concealed-weapons laws from threatening the safety of Illinois residents.” [emphasis added]

Senator Obama also supported the District of Columbia’s comprehensive gun ban — he said so in a February television interview with Washington’s WJLA, available on YouTube. The D.C. gun ban prevented district residents from owning handguns even in their own homes. It required that long guns, all of which had to be registered, be kept locked and disassembled. There wasn’t even a provision allowing them to be reassembled in the event of an emergency.

Article here. Senator Obama likes to cite his support for "states rights" when it's convenient for him, but now that he's a federal official ... well, not so much, I guess. Whatever happened to "what works in Cheyenne may not work in Chicago?" When it comes to guns, I guess his position is "one anti-gun size fits all."

Here's Senator Obama during the February 11, 2008 interview referred to in the National Review article answering a question about the D.C. gun ban. Notice how he conveniently avoids answering the question asked ("you said you don't have any intention of taking away people's guns, yet you support the D.C. ban and said it's constitutional, how can you reconcile those two positions?")

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