Thursday, September 25, 2008

from my cold, dead fingers thou shalt pry ...

UPDATE: “Anybody be dissing my girley ass in Missouri gonna gets them an e-vest-ti-ga-tun!” Good lord, Bambi, settle down. You’re embarrassing yourself. If you really can’t stand the heat, just leave, son. This is politics. Where’s your “dissing” bullshit line when it came to Palin? You really are a girl.

Obama is such a girl. It’s humorous the way he fights. He can’t take a punch and return it. He needs to try to get his mouthpieces to make them stop hitting him. Just a girl from the hood. A teenage girl at that.

It seems that the NRA has a few ads that call out his position on guns – which is pretty amazing in itself because the girl keeps changing his position. Anyway, Girl Bambi is threatening TV stations with losing their licenses if they air the NRA ads. And here’s the NRA’s article on same.

Let’s see if we can get a feel for what has his panties in a bunch.

He starts with the “bitter” comment and how we “cling” to guns and religion:

Now the NRA preps its ads>

This video is not an ad, but a fun two-minute bit on his brilliance as a Constitutional professor (being one myself, I find the label applied to him to be distasteful):

His changing position is discussed here and here.

So put his political-finger-in-the-wind changes aside. Let’s look at his history:

(UPDATE: I forgot to credit my sources below. The first group comes from the NRA, the second group from the RNC.)

Obama endorsed a ban on all handguns. Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization general candidate questionnaire, 9/9/96

Obama voted to allow the prosecution of people who use a firearm for self-defense in their homes. Illinois Senate, S.B. 2165, vote 20, 3/25/04

Obama supported increasing taxes on firearms and ammunition by 500 percent. Chicago Defender, 12/13/99

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

"There is an individual right to bear arms. But it is subject to common sense regulation." . Barack Obama, Journal Sentinel Online, 2/15/08

Obama opposes Right to Carry laws. Obama supports gun owner licensing and gun registration.. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 4/2/08; Chicago Tribune, 9/15/04.

"Fact Check: No News In Obama's Consistent Record." Obama campaign website, 12/11/07 Barack Obama supports mandatory waiting periods.. 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, 2008

Barack Obama supports mandatory micro-stamping. February 15, 2008 Barack Obama favors a ban on standard capacity magazines. Chicago Tribune blogs, "Barack Obama: NIU Shootings call for action."

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. "Clinton, Edwards, Obama on gun control," Radio Iowa, Sunday, April 22, 2007

Barack Obama voted not to notify gun owners when the state of Illinois did records searches on them. Illinois Senate, March 25, 2003, SB 2163, vote 18.

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

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." 1998 Joyce Foundation Annual Report, p. 7.

Obama endorsed a complete ban on all handguns. Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization general candidate questionnaire, 9/9/96 Politco, 3/31/08.

Obama voted in favor of legislation to prohibit law-abiding individuals from purchasing more than one gun a one gun a month. Illinois Senate, H.B. 2579, 5/16/03.

Obama has supported banning hundreds of rifles and shotguns commonly used for hunting and sport shooting. Illinois Senate Debate # 3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes, 10/21/04.

Obama Campaign: "Obama Believes The D.C. Handgun Law Is Constitutional." "[T]he campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said that he '...believes that we can recognize and respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and the right of local communities to enact common sense laws to combat violence and save lives. Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional." James Oliphant and Michael J. Higgins, "Court To Hear Gun Case," Chicago Tribune, 11/20/07.

During An Interview, Obama Acknowledged His Support For The D.C. Gun Ban. Questioner Leon Harris: "One other issue that's of great importance here in the district as well is gun control. You said in Idaho recently - I'm quoting here - 'I have no intention of taking away folks' guns,' but you support the D.C. handgun ban." Obama: "Right." Leon Harris and Sen. Barack Obama, Forum Sponsored By ABC And Politico.Com, Washington, DC, 2/12/08.

In The Same Interview, Obama Indicated He Feels The D.C. Gun Ban Is Constitutional. Harris: "And you've said that it's constitutional. How can you reconcile those two different positions?" Obama: "Oh, because I think we have two conflicting traditions in this country. I think it is important for us to recognize that we've got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of people, law-abiding citizens, use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have violence on the streets that is a result of illegal handgun use. And so, there is nothing wrong, I think, with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets..." Leon Harris and Sen. Barack Obama, Forum Sponsored By ABC And Politico.Com, Washington, DC, 2/12/08.

Scholar John Lott Recalls Obama Stating: "I Don't Believe That People Should Be Able To Own Guns." John Lott: "In fact, I knew Obama during the mid-1990s, and his answers to IVI's question on guns fit well with the Obama that I knew. Indeed, the first time I introduced myself to him he said 'Oh, you are the gun guy.' I responded 'Yes, I guess so.' He simply responded that 'I don't believe that people should be able to own guns.'" John R. Lott, Jr., "Obama And Guns: Two Different Views," Fox News, 4/7/08.

In Response To A 1996 Independent Voters Of Illinois Questionnaire, Obama Indicated That He Supported Banning The "Manufacture, Sale And Possession Of Handguns." Question: "Do you support state legislation to ... ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns?" Obama's Response: "Yes." Independent Voters Of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization 1996 General Candidate Questionnaire, Barack Obama Responses, 9/9/96/

Obama Was Director Of Anti-Gun Joyce Foundation, Which Spent Millions On Gun-Control Causes. "Adding even further skepticism to Obama's claim of support for the 2nd Amendment is his previous service as a director of the Joyce Foundation. Since 2000, the Joyce Foundation has provided over $15 Million in funding to radical gun control organizations such as the Violence Policy Center and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. The Joyce Foundation is tightly linked to the Soros Open Society Instit ute -- an extremist group that advocates a worldwide ban on civilian firearm ownership." Illinois State Rifle Association, "ISRA Blasts Candidate Obama On His Record Of Hostility Toward Law-Abiding Firearm Owners," Press Release, 8/24/04.

In 2004, Obama Voted Against Self-Defense Rights. "[Obama] opposed letting people use a self-defense argument if charged with violating local handgun bans by using weapons in their homes. The bill was a reaction to a Chicago-area man who, after shooting an intruder, was charged with a handgun violation." Ryan Keith "Obama Record In State Legislature Offers Possible Ammunition For Critics," The Associated Press, 1/17/07.

In 2004, Running For U.S. Senate Obama Called For Federal Legislation To Pre-Empt State Concealed Carry Laws. "In a February survey of Democratic primary candidates for the U.S. Senate by the Tribune, Obama said he opposed allowing ordinary citizens to carry concealed weapons and that a federal law banning concealed carried weapons except for law enforcement is needed." Liam Ford, "Keyes Backs Law On Concealed Guns," Chicago Tribune, 8/25/04.

On December 21, 1999, Obama Discussed The Penalties One Would Receive If Carrying A Firearm Illegally. State Of Illinois 91st General Assembly Regular Session Senate Transcript, 12/21/99, p. 20-23.

Obama: "Senator Emil Jones has offered - and I think this is an excellent idea that gets at the concerns that everybody on that side of the aisle has had, which is that we would create a felony offense and a misdemeanor offense, depending on the kinds of weapons you're carrying. Basically, the provision would say that there are category one weapons: handguns, sawed-off shotguns, sawed-off rifles, other firearms that are small enough to store on their person, that to unlawfully possess and carry these weapons would be a felony; but, on the other hand, if you were going to be carrying a rifle or shotgun, a spring gun, other firearm that were used for hunting, then that would be a misdemeanor." State Of Illinois 91st General Assembly Regular Session Senate Transcript, 12/21/99, p. 21.

Look, I don’t really care what his position is on gun ownership. I’m not voting for him because I think he’s a punk. But he should do two things: He should find a position and stick with it; he should let Freedom of Speech be free. He has no right or privilege to interfere. It’s insulting to me as a citizen and as a person learned in the United States Constitution.

I don’t hunt, but I know people that do. I own one gun. It’s a semi-automatic Russian-made 9mm. Fully legal. My bullets are hollow points. Any one comes in my house thinking they are going to steal things or harm people, I will use it without hesitation. And I won’t lose a second of sleep after they wrap up the corpse and haul it away.

I can appreciate Bambi’s background and different view. Most of the guns affecting the people he knew were used by criminals. I am sorry for the harm that illegal gun use causes. But the solution is to enforce existing gun laws. The overwhelming majority of guns possessed in this country are by law-abiding people that respect weapons. If you take away legal guns, it is a complete non sequitor to suggest that it will lower the number of guns in the hands of criminals. It won’t. Do the crim stat research for the UK – 7 times the incidence of rape. Canada has about 4 times the rate of burglaries. Why? Gun control laws change the risk calculus for the criminal. They don’t fear getting shot.

They fear it here, by God. What a great country!

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