Craig To the editor:
There is one point I would like to make very clear. Barack Obama does not support the Second Amendment, despite his claims and recent television ads. If elected, I think Obama would be the most anti-gun president in American history.
In February 2008, Barack Obama said this:
"There is an individual right to bear arms. But it is subject to common sense regulation." (Journal Sentinel Online, Feb. 15, 2008)
On the face of it, that's a reasonable statement.
But what does Obama mean by "common sense regulation?" Here are a couple of notable quotes:
"I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry." (Chicago Tribune, April 27, 2004)
"I think it's a scandal that (Bush) did not authorize a renewal of the assault weapons ban." (Illinois Senate Debate No. 3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes, Oct. 21, 2004)
Neither of Obama's opinions on these issues is supported by actual fact. Concealed carry by vetted citizens does deter crime, and the assault weapons ban did nothing to curtail criminal activity.
Incidentally, be sure you know what an "assault weapon" is before you pass judgment. It may surprise you to learn that there's nothing particularly special or "evil" about them. I've had one since I was 14.
Look at Obama's stance on some other gun issues:
Self-defense: 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, March 25, 2004)
Ammunition tax: Obama supported increasing taxes on firearms and ammunition by 500 percent. (Chicago Defender, Dec. 13, 1999)
Lawsuits: Obama voted to allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt the firearms industry. (U.S. Senate, S. 397, vote 219, July 29, 2005)
Clinton gun ban: Obama wants to re-impose the failed and discredited Clinton gun ban. (Illinois Senate Debate No. 3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes, Oct. 21, 2004)
Handguns: Obama endorsed a ban on all handguns. (Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization general candidate questionnaire, Sept. 9, 1996)
Ammunition ban: Obama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting. (U.S. Senate, S. 397, vote 217, July 29, 2005)
More information is available at www.gunbanobama.com.
If these are "common sense regulations," I shudder to think what Obama considers to be actual infringement of my constitutional right "to keep and bear arms."
The bottom line is that Obama's statements and voting record simply don't match up with his recent television ads and sound bites.
Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said recently: "The truth be told, in all my years in the (Illinois) Capitol, I have never met a legislator who harbors more contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner than does Barack Obama."
Have a nice hunting season.