NRA analysis of Kerry

 

The NRA has produced an analysis of John Kerry's voting record. It provides a long list of Kerry's votes against our Second Amendment rights. Check it out here. If you want more detail, go here.

 

 

 

 

Voting Summary:

 

Year 

Senate Bill / Amendment

Kerry Vote

Edwards Vote

2004

Feinstein AWB Renewal

Not yet voted on.

 

 

Gun Manufacturer Lawsuit Protection

Against Gun Owners

No Vote
 

Gross Negligence Against Gun Owners

Against Gun Owners

No Vote
 

Armor Piercing Ammo Definition - Outlaw Hunting Ammunition, Fraternal Order of Police Opposed. See 'Cop Killer Bullets'

Against Gun Owners

No Vote
 

Close 'Gun Show Loophole' - restrict private sale of firearms

Against Gun Owners

Against Gun Owners
 

Extend and Greatly Expand the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban

Against Gun Owners

Against Gun Owners
2001

Kill a HUD Gun Buyback Program

Against Gun Owners

For Gun Owners
1999

Close the 'Gun Show Loophole'

Against Gun Owners

Against Gun Owners
 

License 'Internet Gun Sellers'

Against Gun Owners

For Gun Owners
 

Ban 'Cop Killer Bullets'

Against Gun Owners

Against Gun Owners
 

Ban Importation of 'Large Capacity Magazines'

Against Gun Owners

Against Gun Owners
 

Vote to kill 'Gun Show Loophole' Bill

Against Gun Owners

Against Gun Owners
1998

Maintain current law on Trigger Locks

Against Gun Owners

Not in the Senate
1994

Clinton Assault Weapons Ban

Against Gun Owners

Not in the Senate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry's 2004 Voting Record Detail

 

For detail on votes before 2004 go to Voting Record Page 2.


NO vote yet on Feinstein AWB Renewal

Senate Bill 2498 was introduced by Senator Feinstein on June 2, 2004. As of this date (June 5) the text of the document has not bee placed online, so we do not know how onerous it is. Rest assured that the title of the bill may only be the starter.

S. 2498; A bill to provide for a 10-year extension of the assault weapons ban.

Reference: Feinstein Bill S. 2498


Voted NO on Gun Manufacturer Lawsuit Protection

S. 1805 as amended; Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

Reference: Craig Bill S. 1805; vote number 2004--030 on March 2, 2004

 

 

Consider: This bill, in it's original form, would have stopped the attempt to bankrupt the gun industry with lawsuits. Over the course of the preceding day, the following 6 amendments were added to it. Ninety Senators voted against the final bill as it was unpalatable to all sides. You can conclude that this was a 'For Gun' vote as it also killed the following 'Anti Gun' amendments. You could also conclude that this was an 'Anti Gun' vote as the amendments may have been negotiated out with the House version. Killing this bill was certainly lower risk for the time being.


Voted NO to Table Protection Exemption for Gross Negligence or Reckless Conduct

Motion to table Levin Amendment. No. 2631; To exempt any civil action against a person from the provisions of the bill if the gross negligence or reckless conduct of the person proximately caused death or injury.

Reference: Levin Amendment. No. 2631; Bill S. 1805; vote number 2004--029 on March 2, 2004

 

Consider: This amendment would have the affect of gutting the bill as the court system, via a lawsuit, would be required to determine gross negligence or reckless conduct.


Voted Yes to Define and Regulate Armor Piercing Ammunition

Kennedy Amendment. 2619; To expand the definition of armor piercing ammunition and to require the Attorney General to promulgate standards for the uniform testing of projectiles against body armor.

Reference: Kennedy Amendment. No. 2619; Bill S. 1805; vote number 2004--028 on March 2, 2004

 

Consider: As written this bill would have outlawed most, if not all hunting ammunition. And, Once again, the Attorney General gets a say in our Second Amendment rights. See Senate Bill 1431 for more on this. This bill was opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police as 'not a genuine officer safety issue'. For more information on this bill, go to Cop Killer Bullets.


Voted YES to Regulate Armor Piercing Ammunition

Frist Amendment. No. 2625; To regulate the sale and possession of armor piercing ammunition, and for other purposes.

Reference: Frist Amendment. No. 2625; Bill S. 1805; vote number 2004--027 on March 2, 2004


Voted Yes on Concealed Carry for Police

Campbell Amendment. No. 2623; To amend title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from State laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns.

Reference: Campbell Amendment. No. 2623; Bill S. 1805; vote number 2004--026 on March 2, 2004

 

Consider: This is one of the very few times that Kerry did not vote with Ted Kennedy.


Voted Yes on Closing 'Gun Show Loophole'

McCain Amendment. No. 2636; To require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at events that provide a venue for the sale, offer for sale, transfer, or exchange of firearms, and for other purposes.

Reference: Feinstein Amendment. No. 2636; Bill S. 1805; vote number 2004--025 on March 2, 2004


Voted Yes on Assault Weapons Ban Extension

Feinstein Amendment. No. 2637; To provide for a 10-year extension of the assault weapons ban.

Reference: Feinstein Amendment. No. 2637; Bill S. 1805; vote number 2004--024 on March 2, 2004

 

Consider: Department of Justice statistics show that less than 2% of crimes were done with 'assault weapons' before the ban took effect. That percentage had not changed in a 2001 survey. The only people affected by the ban are law abiding citizens.

 

Kerry & Edwards

Just to be clear on their positions, both Kerry and Edwards took time out from their campaigns to vote on March 2, 2004. Every vote cast by both candidates on that date was against gun owners.

 

Voting Record
This is the acid test of any politician. For ANY politician, ignore what they say and look at what they do.

 

The more a candidate's actions diverge from their words, the less trustworthy they are.

 

Question:

Does this look like the voting record of someone who believes in the 2nd Amendment?

 

More Reading:

For a complete record of Kerry's voting history for 2004/3 go here. What is striking is the occurrence of 'Not Voting'.

 

 
   

[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46.


 

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