Obama on Guns

According to an email sent around by Don Kates, the NRA has apparently released a statement about Obama's views on guns.

The presidential primary season is finally over, and it is now time for gun owners to take a careful look at just where apparent nominee Barack Obama stands on issues related to the Second Amendment. During the primaries, Obama tried to hide behind vague statements of support for "sportsmen" or unfounded claims of general support for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

But his real record, based on votes taken, political associations, and long standing positions, shows that Barack Obama is a serious threat to Second Amendment liberties. Don’t listen to his campaign rhetoric! Look instead to what he has said and done during his entire political career.

FACT: Barack Obama voted to allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt the firearms industry.

FACT: Barack Obama wants to re-impose the failed and discredited Clinton Gun Ban.

FACT: Barack Obama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting.

FACT: Barack Obama has endorsed a complete ban on handgun ownership.

FACT: Barack Obama supports local gun bans in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities.

FACT: Barack Obama voted to uphold local gun bans and the criminal prosecution of people who use firearms in self-defense.

FACT: Barack Obama supports requiring law-abiding gun owners to register their firearms.

FACT: Barack Obama refused to sign a friend-of-the-court brief in support of individual Second Amendment rights in the Heller case.

FACT: Barack Obama wants to eliminate your Right to Carry.

FACT: Barack Obama was a member of the Board of Directors of the Joyce Foundation, the leading source of funds for anti-gun organizations and "research."

FACT: Barack Obama supported a proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles
of a school or park, which would eliminate almost every gun store in

FACT: Barack Obama voted not to notify gun owners when the state of Illinois did records searches on them.

FACT: Barack Obama voted against a measure to lower the Firearms Owners Identification card age minimum from 21 to 18, a measure designed to assist young people in the military.

FACT: Barack Obama favors a ban on standard capacity magazines.

FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory micro-stamping.

FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory waiting periods.

FACT: Barack Obama supports repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment, which prohibits information on gun traces collected by the BATFE from being used in reckless lawsuits against firearm dealers and manufacturers.

FACT: Barack Obama supports "one-gun-a-month" sales restrictions.

FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on inexpensive handguns.

FACT: Barack Obama supports a ban on the resale of police issued firearms, even if the money is going to police departments for replacement equipment.

FACT: Barack Obama supports mandatory firearm training requirements for all gun owners and a ban on gun ownership for persons under the age of 21.

Thanks to Don Kates for this list.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the simplified listing of obamas anti second amendment record, however I think it would be more helpful if there were a link to the actual laws next to the listing also a link to the actual vote record of the senate would be nice.

6/08/2008 12:08 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Well, Rick, my earlier op-ed on this topic had some links here.

6/08/2008 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am only 17 but i am a huge barack supporter. However i am also a huge hunter and the fact that obama wants to ban ALL guns even from people that use them for sport worries me... alot. trust me when i say i am not a "gun wielding hick" who only has firearms because they make me feel special.

6/19/2008 2:59 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Thanks for commenting Ryan F. Presidents can do a lot to make gun ownership much more difficult without even having to pass new laws. They can drive gun sellers out of business depending upon how they operate the criminal background checks (the system constantly broke down for days at a time so gun stores could not sell guns during the Clinton administration) or use BATF agents to harass stores by imposing constant requests for forms etc.. Yet, Obama has gone well beyond that during his life. He has advocated banning all semi-automatic guns, banning handguns, banning guns being sold within five miles of a school or a park (essentially banning the sale of guns in virtually the entire country). You can find more on Obama's views on guns here:


Personally, I think that Obama is the most dangerous left-wing politician to ever run for the presidency on a major party ticket. You can see something else that I wrote about him here:


Thanks again for writing.

6/19/2008 9:41 PM  

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