Update: Kerry does not own a
Chinese assault rifle (see the last question). According to a
NY Times article, the answers were written for Kerry, in the first
person, by campaign aides. So, either the campaign lied to Outdoor Life
when it replied to their questionnaire, or it lied to the NY Times and is lying to us now because
Kerry didn't realize what an impact a truthful answer would have. Either
way, the lies are flying.
The October 2004 issue of Outdoor Life has an article that is supposed
to be an interview of the two Presidential candidates about gun rights,
among other issues. The article throws softball questions to the Senator
Kerry and does not challenge any of his answers despite inconsistencies
between answers and with his voting record.
Kerry in Outdoor Life
Replies / Questions
I support extending the assault weapons
ban. The weapons that are the subject of this ban are not used
for hunting, and extending this ban will not infringe on the
rights of any Americans to hunt, including those who hunt with
semi-automatic shotguns. It will, however, help police deal with
the violence that we are witnessing in too many American cities.
Today, one in five law enforcement officers killed in the line
of duty is killed with an assault weapon. Innocent citizens
continue to be caught in automatic weapon crossfire on city
streets. Simply put, I stand with the police officers who have
called for extending the ban. Police officers who put their
lives on the line every day should not be outgunned by the
criminals they are seeking to stop.
1) The Second Amendment says nothing
about the rights of the citizens to hunt.
2) If Kerry has no problem with people
hunting with semiautomatic shotguns, why does he want to outlaw
them? See Senate Bill 1431.
3) The police officers that Kerry so
loves to reference are the leadership of some of the large
cities. They are more politician than actual policeman. Rank and
file policemen are rarely heard from, but generally seem to be
against the AWB.
4) The AWB has nothing to do with the
automatic weapons that Kerry makes reference to. They have been
heavily regulated since the National Firearms Act of 1934.
Final: If the police do not wish to be
outgunned 1) enforce the existing laws and put the criminals
away and 2) better arm the police. During the infamous LA bank
robbery shootout, the police were lent firearms by a local gun
shop because their leadership did not properly equip them. Make
those guns illegal and they won't be around to lend.
As a hunter and a gun owner, I believe
that law-abiding American adults have the right to own firearms.
As President, I will defend the Second Amendment right of
law-abiding American adults to own firearms.
If law-abiding gun citizens have the
right to own guns, why do you vote against our gun rights at
How can a Senator who wishes to defend
the Second Amendment support the AWB that outlaws meaningless
features on rifles, such as bayonet lugs? How can you support a
bill that even the Violence Policy Center has admitted had no
In cases where firearms are criminally
misused, the blame should be placed on the person perpetrating
the crime. However, in the few cases where it is clear that a
gun dealer is consistently selling guns to criminals, gun
manufacturers should exercise common sense and stop supplying
those dealers. For example, 1.2 percent of licensed gun dealers
supply 57 percent of the firearms recovered from criminals. In
such cases, if a gun manufacturer knows that this dealer is
supplying criminals and yet continues to sell guns to the
dealer, then it is fair to hold the manufacturer accountable for
this behavior, which is endangering public safety.
Federal and state laws strictly control
the distribution and sale of firearms. The existing laws provide
procedures to validate or invalidate a purchaser.
If an FFL is failing to follow lawful
procedures, there are already remedies in the law.
If an FFL is correctly following lawful
procedure and a purchaser passes all of the checks dictated by
federal and state laws, how is a gun shop employee supposed to
know he is dealing with a criminal? If the criminal lies on a
4473, there are already remedies in existing law to prosecute.
Manufacturers do not even deal with
stores at the retail level generally. Distributors deal with the
stores and are aware of retail customer's activities even less
than the store is.
Holding distributors and manufacturers
liable for the actions of customers would be like suing GM for a
drunk driving accident. The trial lawyers would love it because
the deeper pockets are up the supply chain, but there is no
justice in doing so.
Hunting is a very viable and practical
means of controlling wildlife populations. It is used
extensively by professional wildlife managers in state
game-and-fish agencies to achieve ideal population levels and
minimize human-wildlife conflicts. It is one of the main reasons
why the decline in active hunters is so troubling.
Humane Society of
the United States gives Kerry a 100% rating. Their stated
goal is to end sport hunting. Between his anti-gun and
anti-hunting positions, perhaps Senator Kerry should be a little
introspective about the reason for the decline in hunting.
My favorite gun is the M-16 that saved my
life and that of my crew in Vietnam. I donít own one of those
now, but one of my reminders of my service is a Communist
Chinese assault rifle.
So the favorite gun that he actually owns
is a gun that he says is too dangerous for normal citizens to
own. Update: He doesn't
actually own the mentioned 'Communist Chinese assault rifle'.
Kerry did not actually do this interview. As a matter of fact,
there was no interview. There were submitted questions answered
by campaign staff. See above.
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