The Hard Truth

Journal of Political News & Constitutionalism

Obama’s Record Shows No Support for 2nd Amendment

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By Brian K. Lutes

It is THE HARD TRUTH that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama’s voting records in both the Illinois & United States Senate show that he does not support the right of individual citizens to own firearms, especially handguns.

It must be realized that our Founding Fathers knew that if future generations of Americans were to remain free citizens they must have the right to bear arms. As a result they inserted into the Bill of Rights the 2nd Amendment which says: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a FREE STATE, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Our courts have held, most recently in the now famous case of District of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290, June 26, 2008, which declared the District’s total ban on handgun ownership unconstitutional, that “The People” referred to in the 2nd Amendment are individual citizens just the same as “the people” mentioned in the 4th Amendment that prevents unreasonable searches & seizures.

University of Maryland Research Scientist John R. Lott, author of the book More Guns, Less Crime, points out, in an article in the Philadelphia Enquirer of October 14, 2008, that while Obama said the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Heller case confirmed his own view of the 2nd Amendment, in November 2007 Obama’s campaign told the Chicago Tribune that Obama believed the DC law (banning the ownership of handguns) was constitutional.

Then, in February 2008, while being interviewed by Leon Harris, a reporter for an ABC News affiliate in DC, Obama said he supported the DC gun ban and that in his opinion it was completely constitutional.

Lott goes on to point out that the Associated Press reported that, in 2004, Obama voted in favor of a gun control bill that would not allow people who were charged with possessing firearms in violation of local gun ban laws to claim self defense after using guns in response to intrusions into their homes by criminals.The bill was a reaction to a Chicago-area man’s being found not guilty of possessing a gun in violation of a local gun ban ordinance after the jury found he had a right to defend himself & his home. The bill that Obama supported was designed to take away the “self defense” argument, as a matter of law, in cases where the only charge was illegally possessing a gun. The only thing a jury would be able to decide is whether or not the accused possessed a gun in violation of any given local laws.

Lott goes on to say that he first met Obama in the 1990’s while they were both law students at the University of Chicago. In a conversation they had about gun control Lott says that Obama said: “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”

Obama quotes & votes pertaining to the 2nd Amendment:

“I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry [of handguns].” Chicago Tribune, April 27, 2004

“…just because you have an individual right [to keep and bear arms] does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right…” 2008 Democratic Candidate debate in Philadelphia, PA

“I think it is a scandal that this President [Bush} did not authorize a renewal of the “assault weapons” ban.” Illinois Senate Debate #3 Obama vs. Alan Keys, October 21, 2004

“I’ll continue to be in favor of handgun registration laws and licensing requirements for training.” Chicago Defender, July 5, 2001

Obama voted to allow state & local governments to sue gun manufacturers in an effort to blame them for the criminal conduct of individuals who used guns to commit crimes. July 29, 2005; Vote 219; Senate Bill 397

Obama voted to ban nearly all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting. July 29, 2005; Vote 217; Senate Bill 397

Obama voted to allow the prosecution of citizens who use a firearm for self-defense in their home. March 25, 2004; Illinois Senate Bill 2165

Obama supports increasing taxes on firearms and ammunition by 500%.   Chicago Defender December 13, 1999

Visit www.gunbanobama.com for more information!

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