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NRA's Magazine Assails Obama on Gun Control

Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 04:17 PM

By Jim Meyers

The National Rifle Association is firing with both barrels at Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden, devoting a large part of its official journal to attacks on the two Democrats over their stances on gun control and the Second Amendment.

In the November issue of America’s Freedom magazine, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre tells readers: “The next president, by filling inevitable vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court, will determine the continued existence of our right to keep and bear arms…

“Get your friends, family and co-workers to vote. And vote for the only ticket that will uphold our Freedom. Vote for the Second Amendment. Vote for the McCain-Palin ticket!”

And NRA President John C. Sigler writes: “Taken together, Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden constitute the most anti-gun ticket ever to run for the White House…

“Barack Obama has proposed or supported anti-gun policies so radical and so far beyond the fringe that few politicians have dared to even mention them publicly.”

According to America’s Freedom, Obama has:

  • Supported banning hundreds of rifles and shotguns commonly used for hunting and sport shooting.

  • Voted to allow “reckless” lawsuits designed to put the firearms industry out of business.

  • Voted to allow the prosecution of citizens who use a firearm for self-defense in the home.

  • Supported increasing taxes on firearms and ammunition by 500 percent.

  • Voted to ban virtually all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting.

  • Became a member of the board of directors of the radically anti-gun Joyce Foundation.

  • Said in 1996 that he supported a complete handgun ban in a questionnaire from the Independent Voters of Illinois.

  • Proposed a ban on gun stores within five miles of any school or park.

  • Stated his support for gun owner licensing and firearm registration.

  • Voted for one-gun-a-month handgun purchase limits.

  • Voted against confirming pro-Second Amendment justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The magazine also chronicles Joe Biden’s anti-gun votes in the Senate, and quotes from the Republican platform plank on the Second Amendment: “Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend their homes and communities against violent individuals and the drug culture.”

    The NRA’s official journal states: “Sen. McCain has had some differences with the NRA in the past,” but “both by comparison and based on a fair look at his voting record, John McCain — who has sacrificed so much in service to this country — and Sarah Palin are the clear choice for gun owners.”

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