In the meantime, here's an interesting article referred by my old friend Paul E, in the National Journal on the candidates and gun control:
When Clinton was first lady, her husband pushed through the only significant federal gun control legislation passed in the last 15 years: the Brady bill, which requires a background check to purchase a gun; and the ban on semi-automatic assault weapons, which Congress allowed to expire in 2004.Give 'em an "F!" That's why I'm somewhat grudgingly endorsing McCain, whom I have spoke ill of in the past...welcome to the Worst Case!
Peter Hamm, communications director for the Brady Campaign, noted approvingly that Clinton and Obama both have long records supporting tighter regulations on guns. "We would be happy with either of them," he said.
In the wake of the Columbine High School shootings, Hillary Clinton urged Congress to pass laws restricting handgun sales to one a month and raising the legal age of handgun ownership to 21, according to her memoir.
"The name Clinton is synonymous with gun control to us," said Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA's national spokesman.
As a senator, Clinton has supported numerous curbs on guns: extending the ban on assault weapons, requiring background checks at gun shows, allowing civil lawsuits to be filed against gun makers and gun dealers, requiring mandatory trigger locks for handguns and making state gun-trace records available to the public.
Obama supports all of the above as well. When he was running for Senate in 2003, he filled out a questionnaire saying he supports limiting handgun purchases to one a month. He also opposes laws allowing citizens (with the exception of retired police officers and military personnel) to carry concealed weapons.
The NRA and the Brady Campaign can point to only one noticeable difference in the candidates' Senate records on guns. Obama voted in favor of legislation prohibiting the use of federal money to confiscate weapons during a disaster. Clinton voted against it. The NRA has given both of them an "F" in its rating system.
GUNWISE, listen to tomorrow's podcast, where I wax poetic about the Mag-Na-Port incredible action job on my Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special. It is slick slick slick, and I predict that the little Bulldog is going to become my little pocket blaster of choice!
I gotta go watch the last episode of Jericho...sigh, another decent television show bites the dust! Somebody should nuke CBS!