Thursday, April 17, 2008

Kopel on the Dem Follies

Nice piece from Dave in the WSJ this AM:
The Democrats and Gun Control
By DAVID KOPEL
April 17, 2008; Page A19

Imagine an election race of Pat Robertson versus James Dobson, each of them appearing at organic grocery stores and Starbucks throughout Massachusetts, with each candidate insisting that he alone deserves the vote of gay-marriage advocates. An equally silly spectacle is taking place these days in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky, as Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama compete for the pro-gun vote.
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However, having the right to arms and the liberty to hunt is worthless if you can't buy a gun. In 1999, Mr. Obama urged enactment of a federal law prohibiting the operation of any gun store within five miles of a school or park. This would eliminate gun stores from almost the entire inhabited portion of the United States.

As a state senate candidate in 1996, Mr. Obama endorsed a complete ban on all handguns in a questionnaire. The Obama campaign has claimed he "never saw or approved the questionnaire," and that an aide filled it out incorrectly. But a few weeks ago, Politico.com found an amended version of the questionnaire. It included material added in Mr. Obama's handwriting.
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Yet, as Mr. Obama has mockingly pointed out, Mrs. Clinton is not exactly a modern-day Annie Oakley wiling away weekends in a duck blind. As first lady, she helped organize the Million Mom March for "sensible gun laws" in 2000. It was led by the shrill gun prohibitionist Rosie O'Donnell.

Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly voted for antigun proposals, and co-sponsored many of them. After Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans and St. Tammany police confiscated guns from law-abiding citizens, violating an explicit Louisiana law. In some cases, the confiscation was carried out with the assistance of federal agents, and was perpetrated via warrantless break-ins into homes.

The next year, the U.S. Senate voted 84-16 for a homeland security appropriations rider stating: "None of the funds appropriated by this Act shall be used for the seizure of a firearm based on the existence of a declaration or state of emergency." Mrs. Clinton was one of the 16 who voted "no." Mr. Obama commendably voted with the majority.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Catechism from the Church of Fred:

"Is there a difference between Juan McAmnesty and Clinton and Obama."

"No".

"Is John McLame a backstabbing RINO who will sell out gunowners?"

"Yes"

"Should you vote third party to 'teach the RNC to nominate real conservatives'?"

"Yes".

If McCain loses it will be because simple minded Fredhead types actually believe the above and will stay home or vote 3rd party.

ericire12 said...

"Imagine an election race of Pat Robertson versus James Dobson, each of them appearing at organic grocery stores and Starbucks throughout Massachusetts, with each candidate insisting that he alone deserves the vote of gay-marriage advocates."

Thats a great analogy.

Anonymous said...

Imagine an election where highly principled voters stayed home, voted for a can't-win third party (A. k. a. : Ross Perot; in "HW" vs. Clin-Ton) or otherwise threw their votes away, "so that they could send a message" to the only party that has protected them from stifling freedom-robbing legislation and continues to espouse the values that they hold dear; and the opposition was able to take control! As in GUN CONTROL! People CONTROL. Healthcare CONTROL. Taxes up the wazoo CONTROL! Etcetera CONTROL.
Sad. Ignorance of history causes us to repeat it.
Life Member

Anonymous said...

McCain will be the lesser of two evils to be sure...

“Cthulhu does not judge you by your race, gender, or sodium content, but by the protein in your heart.”

Cthulhu 2008, why choose the lesser of two evils?

kbarrett said...

McCain may cause random damage to us. Either of the two Dems will be out for our blood.

I supported Fred ... now that he is out, I will suck it up and support the Republican nominee.

GeorgeH said...

"why choose the lesser of two evils?"

Because McCain will be bad, but probably survivable.
Four years of Obama will have every gun owner, dead, disarmed or in prison, depending on the stand they make. That's a mighty high price for making a point.

What will America be like after 8 years of Obama?
Ask a Cambodian what Cambodia was like in '79 after Pol Pot was thrown out.

Anonymous said...

I think this is all great fun!
Its like trying to figure out which opponent will win, Predator or Alien.
They are both blood sucking beasts that deserve to be dragged into sunlight and set afire with holy water.

I bet if Hitlery thought BHusseinO would have lasted this long, his ass would have been "Vince Fostered" long ago.

I propose a cage match ala Thunderdome.
Two creeps enter, one creep leaves.
Somebody bring the popcorn!

km200

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