Gun Control and the 2012 Presidential Election

Gun ownership was extremely important to our Founding Fathers.   Not only did they include it in the Bill of Rights, but some of them like Thomas Jefferson often wrote about it.  In fact, Jefferson believed that it was more than a right to own firearms, he insisted that it was a duty of all Americans to be armed.

When drafting the Virginia State Constitution in 1776, Jefferson wrote,

“No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.”

In an 1808 letter to Jacob Brown, Jefferson wrote,

“I learn with great concern that [one] portion of our frontier so interesting, so important, and so exposed, should be so entirely unprovided with common fire-arms. I did not suppose any part of the United States so destitute of what is considered as among the first necessaries of a farm-house.”

In an 1824 letter to John Cartwright Jefferson wrote,

“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”

But in today’s liberal America, a number of politicians want to strip Americans of the Second Amendment right and duty to bear arms.  Historically, this has only served one purpose and that was to allow a hostile or militant power to take control of a nation such as what happened in Germany with Adolf Hitler.

I don’t know about you, but this is a very important campaign issue along with the economy, jobs, immigration and national security.  So where do Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stand on gun ownership and gun control?

Barack Obama has a long history of being anti-gun, an anti-gun owner and anti-Second Amendment.  Here is a list of his stands on guns and gun control:

  • Supported ban on assault weapons, mandatory waiting periods & background checks (1996)
  • Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998)
  • Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Keep guns out of inner cities–but also problem of morality. (Oct 2006)
  • Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities. (Jul 2007)
  • Concealed carry OK for retired police officers. (Aug 2007)
  • 2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)
  • Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing. (Jan 2008)
  • Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok. (Feb 2008)
  • Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008)
  • April 2008: “Bittergate” labeled Obama elitist. (Apr 2008)
  • Opposed bill okaying illegal gun use in home invasions. (Aug 2008)
  • Confirms pledge to restore gun ban (Apr 2009)
  • Nominates anti-gun Cass Sunstein to head Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (Apr 2009)
  • Nominates anti-gun Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court (May 2009)
  • Reverses position on treaty to regulate arms trade (Oct 2009)
  • Busts plan to sell rifles to Americans (Mar 2010)
  • Nominates anti-gun Elena Kagan for Supreme Court (May 2010)
  • Supports UN Arms Treaty to include all conventional weapons (July 2010)
  • Appoints anti-gun Greg Nickels to UN post (Sept 2010)
  • Again busts plan to sell rifles to Americans Oct 2010)
  • Nominates anti-gun Andrew Traver to head ATF (Nov 2010)
  • Signed with anti-gun group IANSA at UN (Feb 2011)
  • At UN debate on global gun restrictions (Feb 2011)
  • Call for gun reform following Tucson shooting of US Rep Giffords (Mar 2011)
  • Says he’s working on gun control under radar and trying to bypass Congress (Mar 2011)
  • At UN final Arms Trade Treaty (July 2011)
  • Oks administration’s first major gun regulation (July 2011)
  • Says he won’t be bound by gun control ban in omnibus (Dec 2011)
  • Cuts funds in half for armed pilot counter-terrorism proposal (Feb 2012)
  • Sneaks anti-gun measure into 2013 budget proposal (Feb 2012)

As you can see, Obama would like nothing better than to come into every one of your homes and remove all of your handguns, rifles, shotguns, etc.  His heart’s desire is to see American’s left completely defenseless.

So where does Mitt Romney stand on gun ownership and gun control?  On September 21, 2007, Romney addressed the National Rifle Association via video.  Here is his address to them,

However, previous to this, Romney supported Massachusetts’s strict gun control laws when running for governor.  He also signed a law banning semi-automatic guns claiming that they are not made for recreation or self-defense.  Guess he’s never done much hunting as I know a many a hunter out west that use semi-automatic 30.06 rifles to hunt deer, elk, bear, mountain and other big game.

Romney has also spoken out in favor the five day waiting period as prescribed by the Brady laws.

So where does Mitt Romney really stand on gun control?  To be honest, I’m not sure which side of the street he’s on, but I do know for certain that Barack Obama is on the wrong side of the street and if it comes down between the two, Obama is NOT my choice.