Archive for September, 2008

That’s right – in Minnesota earlier this week Obama’s campaign rolled out a sportsmen network, with a pledge to protect hunters’ gun rights, expand and restore habitat for hunting and fishing, and enhance programs that teach youth about outdoors activities.

Obama’s campaign is working to repel the NRA push to inform gun owners that Obama is an enemy of the Second Amendment that includes reminding gun owners of the candidate’s inartful statement during the primaries about the tendency of small-town Americans to “cling to guns or religion.”

Included in Obama’s effort are radio ads that Obama is running in several key states, including Virginia, that feature Ray Schoenke, President of the astro-turf gun group American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA). As mentioned in a post yesterday, Schoenke tells listeners that “Barack Obama and John McCain will both make sure we can keep our guns.”

Apparently not all gun owners and hunters know Obama’s record when it comes to firearms and ammunition. According to an article on Townhall.com, during the roll out of the Obama sportsmen group, a Minnesota hunter said “Tell me where Senator Obama says `I want stricter controls on who can hunt and when’ or ‘I want to ban shotguns and rifles,'” said Jarve, a member of Obama’s Minnesota sportsmen chapter. “Where has he said that? He hasn’t.”

Well, lets see, Obama voted to:

  • allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt the firearms industry to continue;
  • voted for an Illinois State Senate bill to ban and confiscate “assault weapons,” but the bill was so poorly crafted, it would have also banned most semi-auto and single and double barrel shotguns commonly used by sportsmen;
  • voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting;
  • endorsed a 500% increase in the federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition;
  • supported a proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles of a school or park, which would eliminate almost every gun store in America;

All of the above would affect the ability of hunters to participate in their sport either directly or indirectly. So, while he may not have come right out and said so, Obama has either proposed or voted for measures that would restrict the availability of firearms and/or ammunition for hunting and sport shooting.

Never mind the fact that the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting.

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation has a new ad that you will probably see run on all of the outdoor television networks.  You can see the ad below.

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Well, I figured the astro-turf gun group American Hunters and Shooters Association would be supporting Obama in the general election since they went all out for him in the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary earlier this year.  I was in Dallas earlier this week and when I spoke with my wife on the phone Tuesday night, she told me she heard “some football player” doing an Obama commercial on the local conservative talk radio station (WRVA) in Richmond.  The “some football player” is none other than former Redskin player Ray Schoenke.   Sure enough,  Sebastian over at Snowflakes in Hell had posted on the subject earlier in the day via Ahab.

In the ad, Schoenke says:

“This is Ray Schoenke.  I played football with the Washington Redskins.  Now I’m president of the American Hunters and Shooters Association.  It’s important to me that our next president protects our Second Amendment rights to own guns, and to defend ourselves.  Barack Obama and John McCain will both make sure we keep our guns.”

I guess Schoenke did not hear Obama say in Pennsylvania that he opposes our right to self defense because he opposes concealed carry.  But, this ad is not as much about trying to persuade gun owners that Obama is no threat to gun owners as it is to try and get gun owners to vote for Obama based on other issues (i.e. put us at ease that Obama will not restrict our gun rights so it’s okay to think about other issues like the economy).  Schoenke launches an attack on McCain reading straight from the Democrat’s talking points. 

Now, this blog is about gun rights so I will not get into the other reasons that I am also supporting McCain but I will say even though I am not a one issue voter, gun rights are at the top of my list and if a candidate is bad on guns, he or she is going to have a hard time getting my vote because I believe that my right to keep and bear arms protects all of my other rights.

The fact is, Obama has no interest in protecting our gun rights anymore than Schoenke gives a rats rear end about the rights of hunters and shooters.  His group is a front for the Democrats.  It was organized and funded by people (including Schoenke) who have a long history of supporting anti-rights groups like the Brady Campaign as well as other gun control groups.  Schoenke recently wrote over on the Huffington Post that his is a “typical American family on guns.”   For those not familiar with it, the Huffington Post is where the loony left meets to spread disinformation on guns and other topics of interest to liberals.

Anyway, Schoenke writes:

“My wife doesn’t hunt. She doesn’t even like guns. But, she does appreciate my love for hunting and guns – and we share a deep commitment to preserving our environment. And, I accept that she was a financial supporter of the Brady Campaign. And, I also support her and respect her opinions. On guns, we’re like James Carville and Mary Matalin – happily married, on different sides, but still respectful of each others’ views. “

What Schoenke does not tell you is that if you go to Opensecrets.org and do a search on Ray Schoenke, you wil find that he has given to the Brady Campaign too.  In fact, not only has he given to the Brady Campaign but to almost every big name anti-gun candidate and congress critter – including Barbara Boxer, John Kerry, Bob Torricelli, Teddy Kennedy, and Bill Clinton.  Do a search on all of the people associated with AHSA and you will find they are a who’s who when it comes to gun control.

So, tell your pro-gun friends, if they hear Schoenke on their radio station talking about a “fake to hide the ball”, that it’s Schoenke and Obama doing the fake – faking support for your gun rights to hide Obama’s real record on guns.

Listen to Ray Schoenke Shilling for Obama here.

If you want more information about AHSA you can here.

Hat tip to Sebastian, Ahab, and Cam Edwards.

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NRA has a brochure on the NRA-ILA web site that you can download and distribute at gun shows, gun shops and gun clubs.  Give one to your pro-gun friends that may not have decided for whom they will vote.  If they care about their gun rights, this brochure should be a big help in convincing them Obama is not good for gun owners.


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This morning’s Roanoke Times is running an editorial titled “Find a way to narrow the gun show loophole.” It’s a response to a hearing held by the Virginia Crime Commission this past Tuesday. You may recall that before the Senate Courts of Justice Committee spiked Governor Tim Kaine’s “gun show loophole” bill for good in January, it referred it to the Virginia Crime Commission for study.

During the hearing, pro-gun legislators made it clear while there is no “loophole” and thus they have no interest in passing a law that closes something that does not exist, the law is unclear on who is a dealer and who is a private seller. Senator Ken Stolle of Virginia Beach suggested that a way to clear this “confusion” would be to set a threshold for the number of guns sold, to determine who escapes federal requirements.

The Times applauded members of the Commission for “not getting bogged down” in the arguments made by both sides of the issue and for considering other options. Then the Times offered their own – something along the lines of everyone entering a gun show would have to show an ID, undergo a background check, then get a credential that allows them to approach any vendor. I don’t know about you, but I go to gun shows to look around. I haven’t bought a gun at a gun show in years – I have dealers that I have relationships with in my area and those are the folks that I turn to when I want to purchase a firearm.

I will give the Times credit for originality, to an extent. This proposal sounds more like the one several years ago that would have required gun show promoters to register with the government and keep records of everyone who attends a show.

I’ve said it once and I will say it again – there is no gun show loophole. Studies conducted by the Clinton Justice Department showed that criminals rarely acquire their guns at gun shows. This is just one more attempt to put gun shows out of business. People like me who go to shows simply to browse and not purchase would be deterred by the requirement of having to wait for a background check before entering -thus reducing the profit margin of the promoter and some shows would likely go out of business. But, that is likely what folks like the Roanoke Times wants anyway.

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NRO’s Jim Geraghty has a quick post about the event here.  Reports put the crowd at 10,000 – 20,000.  This may be based on tickets given away to the event but it continues a trend began on August 29th when McCain announced the choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

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You have probably heard that pro-gun Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin and Presidential Candidate John McCain are coming to Virginia tomorrow for a campaign rally. While McCain is not perfect on our issue, he is head and shoulders above Senator Barrack Obama and the fact that he chose such a pro-gun running mate makes him stronger.
Due to an overwhelming response from Virginia voters, the rally has been moved outdoors to Van Dyke Park, next to Fairfax High School in Fairfax City, Virginia. If you are interested in tickets to this event to have a chance to see this dynamic candidate, you can still obtain tickets online or by visiting one of the Virginia Victory offices today until 9:00 p.m. EDT. Tickets will also be available at Van Dyke Park starting at 7:00am EDT Wednesday morning.

Van Dyke Park is located at: 3730 Old Lee Highway Fairfax, Virginia. Parking is available at Fair City Mall/Turnpike Shopping Center – Intersection of Main Street and Pickett.Shuttles will begin running at 7:45 AM to event site.Doors will open at 8:00 am.

Please see below for ticket locations. Tickets are still available. If you have any questions please email virginia@johnmccain.com or call (703) 297-8900. Tickets can be reserved and printed online.

Click here to RSVP and print your ticket online. If you have a VSSA hat or NRA item, be sure to wear it to show gun owners support for Governor Palin’s addition to the McCain ticket.

Rally Ticket Distribution Sites:
Richmond Regional Victory Headquarters2819 N. Parham Road, Suite 210Richmond, VA 23294(804) 248-6981

Virginia Victory 2008 State Headquarters1235 S. Clark Street, First FloorArlington, VA 22202(703) 955-4255

Chesapeake Regional Victory Headquarters124 Battlefield Blvd, SouthChesapeake, VA 23322(757) 482-1111

Fairfax Regional Victory Headquarters4246 Chain Bridge RoadFairfax, VA 22030(703) 766-4467

Fredericksburg Regional Victory Headquarters150 Riverside Parkway, Suite 213Fredericksburg, VA 22406(540) 479-1888

Harrisonburg Regional Victory Headquarters182 Neff Avenue, Suites 13 and 14Harrisonburg, VA 22801(540) 910-2681

Loudoun Regional Victory Headquarters46950 Community Plaza Unit #201ASterling, VA 20164(703) 340-0702

Prince William GOP Headquarters4431 Prince William ParkwayWoodbridge, VA 22192(703) 680-7388

Roanoke Regional Victory Headquarters3904 Franklin Road SW, Suite E Roanoke, VA 24104(540) 725-7445

Virginia Beach Regional Victory Headquarters512 S. Independence Blvd. Suite 200Virginia Beach, VA 23452(757) 305-9174

Yorktown Wittman for Congress Headquarters632 Hampton Hwy.Yorktown, VA 23693(703) 220-4074

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