Fred Thompson Answers Questions on Guns for Field and Stream

Thompson has a long list of answers. Here is one on the BATFE:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives should have as its priority its efforts to combat violent crime, violent criminal gangs, and to interdict and disrupt the gun traffickers who supply violent gang members with firearms. While one way to curb illicit gun trafficking is to ensure that legitimate dealers maintain their paperwork in good order, these paperwork violations should in no way be BATFE’s focus. I would also consider giving BATFE a wider range of sanctions so that dealers’ simple paperwork violations do not result in license revocations. Finally, having a politically accountable BATFE Director, who is now subject to Senate confirmation, instead of a career bureaucrat should also help change BATFE’s priorities and make the agency more responsive. . . .

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Anonymous Dave said...

Like some other candidates, Thompson is changing his tune on some issues. In the Senate, he voted for the anti-gun terror bill (S. 735) and the Lautenberg Domestic Confiscation gun ban, among other anti gun measures. He also voted against the Constitution, and for government wiretapping of innocent citizens and for McCain's Incumbent Protection Act.

Ron Paul wants to terminate BATF abuses by terminating the BATF; a much better choice.

11/08/2007 11:13 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

People do change their views over time, but Thompson has been remarkably consistent on a large array of issues. The only one that I can think of him changing his views on (campaign finance regulations) he changed well before he decided to run for the Presidency.

Ron Paul is fine as a member of the House and I would like there to be a lot more Ron Pauls there, but he has some positions that have problems with them. Do you think that the troops ought to be removed immediately from Iraq? Do you support a gold standard?

11/08/2007 8:14 PM  

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