Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Ask the average group of gun owners who they're hoping the next President will be, and it is not unlikely that the answer will be "Anyone but Hillary Clinton". While I agree that yet another President Clinton would be a nightmare for America, I find myself thinking that "anyone but..." isn't a great answer.


The general idea of "anyone" is of course "anyone but a Democrat" and therefore a Republican. But I find it troubling that at this point in the campaign - during the primaries - that any Republican would be better. Too often, Americans pay far too much attention to the party that a candidate belongs to and not enough attention on their voting record. Having a Republican as the Head of State doesn't automatically mean that your gun rights are in good hands.

For example:

President George H. W. Bush (R) expanded the ban on imposed a ban on the importation several different semi-automatic rifles.

Governor Bob Taft (R) fought an ultimately losing battle against lowering restrictions on carrying concealed handguns in Ohio.

Governor Rudy Giuliani (R) has a substantial anti-gun history.

President George W. Bush (R) clearly stated that he would re-authorize the Assault Weapons Ban if Congress passed the bill and delivered it to the White House.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) recently signed a bill which allows the state to begin requiring the micro-stamping of cartridges.

I could probably fill a few pages with more Republican names... Republicans who spoke of supporting gun owners, yet turned their backs on us once elected. But by now, the point should be clear: during the primary elections, your concern should not be "who can beat Hillary Clinton?". Your concern should be "Which candidate's record shows a clear history of supporting the 2nd Amendment? Which candidate will continue to support my right to own and use a firearm?".

Party labels are of little concern; it is the candidate's record which is paramount.

Do not vote for Anyone.


Anonymous said...

By no means should you vote for "Anyone". You should vote for Ron Paul who (among other things) has introduced bills like:

H.R. 1096 which includes provisions repealing the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the Federal Firearms License Reform Act of 1993, two invasive and unconstitutional bills.

H.R. 1897 which would end the ban on carrying a firearm in the National Park System, restoring Americans’ ability to protect themselves in potentially hazardous situations.

H.R. 3305 which would allow pilots and specially assigned law enforcement personnel to carry firearms in order to protect airline passengers, possibly preventing future 9/11-style attacks.

And make no mistake, these are not bills he wrote just because he is running for president, he has introduced many similar bills in past sessions, including a bill to repeal the so-called 'assault weapons' ban before its 2004 sunset as well as bills to repeal the Nazi inspired 'sporting purposes' provisions of the '68 GCA.

Much of the above was cribbed directly from his website

DJK said...

Viva Ron Paul!

It's too bad that people aren't willing to really even think about changing their way of thinking.

Ron Paul would be the best thing for this country in a LONG LONG time.