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For a new site related to gun control legislation, check out www.gunlawnews.org. It needs a lot of work, but progress is being made.
On the other hand, if you want to find out what the Democratic candidate says and how he votes on hunting and gun control, you are at the right place. If you only have a moment, look at Kerry's voting record on gun control.
If you want more information on the 2nd Amendment and gun control, go here.
A Short Analysis of John Kerry on Gun Control
Besides the cursory newspaper articles about how John has hunted since a child (a la Clinton in 1992), John Kerry espouses the belief that there should be reasonable controls placed upon gun ownership and availability. The only issue gun owners may have with this is that every restriction that comes along is reasonable to him. Like Clinton, the 2nd Amendment is about hunting. And like Clinton, he believes he should tell us what is reasonable and what we need. See his Voting Record.
For a much longer analysis of Kerry's legislative history see John Kerry's Steadfast Anti-Second Amendment Career.
A Short Analysis of John Kerry on Hunting
Fall 2003, Iowa. John Kerry goes hunting and gets two birds in two shots. He does a little talking on how to best prepare the birds. Is this guy really a hunter? Does he really prep and eat what he hunts? Hint: The largest antihunting organization in the US, the Humane Society of the US, gives John a 100% score. See John Kerry & Hunting for more information.
The Humane Society of the US, who opposes all hunting, has endorsed John Kerry in the presidential race. Check out their announcement.
Edwards, Gun Control & Hunting
John Edwards has much the same position on gun control as John Kerry. When he is voting, his votes are almost (but not completely) identical to Kerry's. Specifics are on the Voting Record page. On March 2, 2004, given that political realities in North Carolina are different than in Massachusetts, Edwards declined to vote rather than cross his Democratic peers or his gun owning constituents. In doing so he failed to represent his constituents and failed to demonstrate the courage of his convictions. On the plus side, he did not stab his constituents in the back. Go to Edwards - Sportsman? for a transcript of an interview of John Edwards by the Charlotte Observer with respect to gun ownership, hunting and fishing.
The First mention of Guns in the Debates: Edwards blasted Cheney for voting against the plastic gun ban while Cheney was in the House of Representatives. Edwards shows his own ignorance while pandering to an uneducated electorate. The ban that passed did not ban any gun that existed at that time, or could exist at this time. For more information see Gunning for Cheney.
Teresa Heinz Kerry and Gun Control
Really a side note, but who is Teresa Heinz Kerry? Check out this report on the anti-gun agenda of Teresa Heinz (before Kerry).
Guns As An Issue
One could say that gun control is not the most important issue in any race. But, it is an effective measuring point with respect to the candidate's:
Honesty because so many politicians want to position themselves on both sides of the issue for votes.
Ability to trust the American people because politicians that don't trust a populace with guns should not be trusted.
and Respect for the Constitution because that is where their duty lies. The Oath of Office is the first act of any newly elected, federal level politician. Each office holder swears to "support and defend the Constitution." How can you defend what you don't believe in? Should not those office holders that violate their oath of office be impeached?
Failure in any of these three respects leaves us with a politician that wants to control us and not represent us.
Why the Gun Issue Under 'Sportsmen'?
The concept of a 'sportsmen' encompasses a great deal more than just the hunting issue. There is open space such as BLM land and National Parks. There are the environmental issues associated with the nation. There is fishing, hiking, recreational boating and a thousand other activities that can be considered.
But, the gun issue goes to the heart of a candidate's commitment to the Constitution. Kerry recognizes hunting as the only legitimate use for a gun. He hopes that by not going after bolt action rifles and long barrel shotguns, the 'sportsmen' of the US will not recognize him for the gun grabber that he is.
Examine the Kennedy Amendment. No. 2619 and recognize that it could outlaw every round legal for large game hunting. Today's hunting rifle will be tomorrow's sniper weapon only designed to be so accurate so as to kill people from long distances.
A Quick Reality
Claims to represent gun owners and believe in the 2nd Amendment.
Voted for every major piece of gun control legislation since taking office.
Endorsed by major gun control organizations.
Endorsed by major antihunting organizations. See Lobby Organizations for more information.
Reviled by all major gun rights organizations.
Editorial: Vietnam as an Issue
Congratulations on making it this far. Vietnam is not an issue. Plain and simple. John Kerry in Vietnam: very much an issue. We do not discuss why he was there. We do discuss what he did there and what he did after. His actions reflect his character as the consummate opportunist. And his character is very pertinent to his fitness as President of the United States.
How many soldiers went out and bought movie cameras to take hundreds of hours of film recreating actions? How many soldiers walked out of Vietnam with three Purple Hearts, three bandaids and not one night in a hospital? His character is reflected in his actions. He is unfit.
To those who think this site is full of lies:
I challenge each and every one of you to do your own research. Don't believe what this site says and don't believe what either campaign says. The Voting Record page has links to the bill themselves. Examine Kerry's voting record with respect to the Second Amendment. If you find something wrong on this site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be corrected. The first goal of this site is to be accurate.
Second, do not write this site off immediately as propaganda by the Republican party. Every penny supporting this site has come out of one person's pocket. No where on this site will you find a Paypal button or any other method to contribute money. And never have I have received any correspondence or support from the Republican party.
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