Posts Tagged ‘presidential politics’

If it wasn’t clear before, it should be perfectly clear now that Hillary Clinton has gun owners in her sights.  She has made gun control the top focus of her campaign of late.  This from The Hill:

“I am here to tell you I will use every single minute of every day, if I’m fortunate to be your president, looking for ways to save lives so we can change the gun culture,” Clinton said to victims of the Newtown massacre in Hartford on Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

And this from the Connecticut Journal Inquirer:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged Thursday to take on the powerful National Rifle Association lobby should she be the first woman elected president in November.

All of this at the same time that Associated Press article referenced in the Hill also noted a new Quinnipiac University Poll shows that gun control ranks very low with the electorate, even among Democrats.

That won’t stop Clinton though.  This is not the year for gun owners to sit out the election because they don’t like their choice of candidates.  Gun writer and outdoor personality Tom Gresham put it very well during his Gun Talk Radio program on April 17th.

Gun owners need to do everything possible to make sure Hillary Clinton is not elected in November.

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Jeb Bush was one of the line of announced and probable 2016 Presidential candidates who addressed a sold out crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on Friday during the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits.  During his remarks, he reminded folks that during his term as Governor, he signed more pro-rights legislation than any other governor before him.  Via Jim Geraghty of National Review Online on the laws Bush signed:

One: A law to make it easier for hunters and fishermen to register to vote. Two: A law establishing a baseline number of acres of public hunting lands. Three: A law prohibiting the confiscation of firearms following hurricanes, inspired by the behavior of New Orleans authorities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Four: A law to restrict non-law-enforcement access to records on concealed-carry licenses, to ensure gun owners’ personally identifying information isn’t released to the media or the public. Five: A law ensuring Florida citizens had the right to carry firearms for self-defense and other lawful purposes while in National Forests and State Parks in Florida. Six: A law to assist men and women serving on active duty in military service to our nation with renewal of their concealed weapons and firearms licenses. Bush also boasted that he had signed Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Some on the Left attacked the law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, even though most legal experts asserted the law didn’t apply to George Zimmerman’s circumstances, and his lawyers never cited the law in their successful legal defense of him.

I have to say I am surprised that Bush did not back away or at least skip mentioning the “Stand Your Ground” law given how the anti-rights crowd continues to mischaracterize it.  Since Bush is quoted as having said he needs to find a way to win the nomination without the GOP conservative base, he could simply have skipped over that one.  Bush knew his audience however.  Geraghty also noted that Bush took a dig at former Texas Governor Rick Perry when Bush noted that thanks to him, more Floridians have a Florida concealed carry permit than Texans who possess a Texas permit.  Conservatives may take issue with Jeb Bush on things like illegal immigration and education, but on our issue, he earned his NRA “A+” Rating.

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The Texas State Rifle Association is running an ad on radio throughout Texas that encourages gun owners to consider what is at stake in this election. The ad details that even though the Heller decision has affirmed an individual right to keep and bear arms, that the changes that will occur in the Federal judiciary in the term of the next president may have a dramatic effect on what the Second Amendment means. All the “reasonable regulations” left undefined in the Heller case this summer will be decided since litigation filed in the wake of Heller is set to determine many of those key issues, including whether or not incorporation of this basic right goes down to state and local government. If that fight is lost, the Second Amendment will then only apply to the Federal government, leaving states and municipal governments a free rein to take away most, if not all of our gun rights.

TSRA forwarded the audio to me and other gun rights activists and asked that we assist in distributing the ad to like-minded individuals interested in defending the Second Amendment. They don’t have to be Texas residents, in fact it would help a great deal to get this out of state. As a non-battleground state where McCain is expected to win by over 17 points, both campaigns have largely ignored Texas.

I have uploaded the audio to You Tube to make distribution easier. Please listen to the ad below and then pass it along to others so we can get to word to all gun owners.

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To help encourage hunters and shooters to vote absentee if they will be traveling on business or in the field on Election Day, NSSF has developed a poster for shooting ranges and retailers that encourages absentee voting. With a simple headline, “Before you hunt — Vote,” the poster is a great reminder that directs the audience to www.nssf.org/VoterEd for access to information about absentee voting in every state. You can help: Download, print and hang the poster prominently at your business or gun club to remind your staff, customers, or fellow gun owners.

Before you hunt, Vote

NSSF Poster

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Or is he just waiting until he has the votes in congress before doing what he would really like to do with respect to guns? Listen closely to his answer to a question he took at a Duryea, PA, glass factory.  After using the same tired code words of “gun safety” to describe ending private sales at gun shows, shutting down gun dealers as he proposed in 2000 and taking a swipe at the NRA, he lets slip what is the only thing that would keep a President Obama from doing what his record clearly shows he would like to do if he could.

Obama claims the NRA opposes “gun safety” measures but it is the NRA that has done more to promote real gun safety than any other organization – pro-rights or anti-rights. Through the Eddie Eagle program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, millions of children have been taught the basic message that if you see a gun, “Stop, Don’t Touch, Leave the Area, Tell an Adult.” Through various other programs of the NRA, millions of new gun owners have learned the safe handling and use of a firearm.

It’s clear Barack Obama knows nothing about what is real gun safety and he is no friend of gun owners.

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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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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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There was a lot of buzz earlier this week about the possibility of pro-gun 7th District Congressman Eric Cantor being vetted by the McCain campaign as a possible VP.  I have known the congressman for a long time and I could not be more excited about the possibility of such a solid pro-gun conservative on the ticket.  I don’t think it will happen in the end but if it does, Cantor will add to McCain’s pro-rights credentials.  McCain’s record is not perfect on our issue but it is head and shoulders above Obama’s.  Talk of an Obama-Kaine (as in Virginia Governor Tim Kaine) could not be a more stark contrast in supporting the rights of law abiding gun owners.

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