Washington Times - October 25, 2004 - Hunting for Votes
Will numerous photo-ops with guns, hunting trips and impassioned claims to support the Second Amendment as an individual right convince Americans that John Kerry shares their views on gun ownership? Just last Thursday, Mr. Kerry went on a widely publicized goose-hunting trip in the swing-state of Ohio. While Mr. Kerry's changing statements on the Iraq war or his position on hotly contested social issues such as abortion may be confusing (He says that that life starts at conception, but he supports partial-birth abortion), his claims on guns is even more difficult to understand.
Washington Times - October 24, 2004 - Kerry and guns
Michael Dukakis's Snoopy-like tank ride did nothing to burnish his defense credentials in 1988, other than to highlight his utter inadequacy on national-security issues. And photographs of John Kerry brandishing a double-barreled shotgun while emerging from an Ohio cornfield with a dead goose will not change his well-earned image as the leader of the most anti-gun rights presidential ticket in history.
Tech Central Station - October 6, 2004 - Gunning for Cheney
During the Vice Presidential debate,
Senator John Edwards asked how Vice President Dick Cheney could possibly
oppose laws such as one preventing "plastic" guns that can avoid metal
detectors. The bill in question was written and supported by the NRA and
supported by gun control groups. Senator Edwards implied that only
someone far outside the mainstream could vote "no," and Edwards
obviously wanted to use this vote to question Cheney's seriousness in
dealing with terrorism.
WASHINGTON - Sen. John Kerry is portrayed as a sweater-wearing poodle with a pink bow in an upcoming advertising campaign by the National Rifle Association, mocking his attempts to portray himself as friendly to gun sports and saying, "That dog don't hunt."
"John Kerry says he supports sportsmen's rights. But his record says something else," the ads say.
SteynOnPeople - September 21, 2004 - The Kerryness of Kerry
Note: This article has nothing to do with gun control. But it is too good not to highlight. Read the whole thing.
If I’ve been following the campaign correctly, the typical John Kerry day involves an early-morning stop at Bud’s Truck Stop on Rte 103 at which the Senator orders a hot dog. Asked what he wants on it, he says an aubergine and lemongrass coulis. Afterwards, he heads to Idaho for a windsurfing photo-op to communicate his virility, after first flying out his stylist from Cristophe’s to mousse his hair into its windswept and tousled position. Following questions from the press on the cost of his hairdresser, he first denies that he has a hairdresser and then, when her curling tongs and rollers are pointed out in the back of his family’s SUV, snaps, “She’s not my hairdresser, she’s the family’s hairdresser.”
The Boston Globe - September 19, 2004 - Kerry courting both sides on gun-control issue
...... Kerry's approach mirrors a strategy presented last year by the gun control group Americans for Gun Safety in a paper about how Democrats could tap a so-called "gun swing" group -- voters who would otherwise back a Republican but would be willing to vote for a Democrat who stressed gun rights and gun safety, rather than staying silent on the issue or talking only about gun restrictions. Democratic pollsters Mark J. Penn and Peter Brodnitz found that up to 21 percent of voters they polled fit this description.
Opinion Journal - September 17, 2004 - Ready, Aim, Fire . . . Hit Foot - Has John Kerry given up trying to suck up to gun-owning America?
The political class was busy this week trying to figure out why, after months of sucking up to the gun-owning public, John Kerry tossed aside all his hard work and condemned the end of the "assault" weapons ban. Was it a play for the soccer moms? Were his advisers on a coffee break?
There is another possibility, one that even as I write millions of rural Americans are praying is the correct answer. Perhaps John Kerry has given up trying to pretend he's one of them.
Washington Times - September 16, 2004 -
Kerry's nuanced view of gun rights
John Kerry is a hunter — ergo he's a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. At least that's what he wants voters to believe. And especially with the controversial 10-year-old "assault weapons ban" expiring this week, the Democratic presidential nominee has taken nearly every chance to tell voters that he is the "first Democratic candidate to support Second Amendment gun rights and to be an avid hunter."
Chicago Sun Times (registration required) - September 16, 2004 - Kerry's left turn scares Democrats
To the astonishment and dismay of Democratic politicians, John Kerry over the last weekend appeared to have forgotten his opponent for president. He did not seem to realize that he was running against George W. Bush, not Howard Dean. That was an understandable conclusion to be drawn from the Democratic nominee's course over four days.
Last Friday, Sen. Kerry abruptly returned to the safely buried gun control issue by decrying President Bush for permitting the assault weapons ban to end. On Saturday, he addressed the Congressional Black Caucus with a liberal harangue. On Sunday, Kerry rested. On Monday, Kerry was back boosting gun control, scolding Bush for letting the assault weapons ban expire at midnight.
Journal and Courier - September 13, 2004 - Hunters shouldn't be fooled by Kerry's 'support'
We typically refrain from outright political statements in this corner as I learned long ago that three people could only agree on political matters if two of the quorum are technically deceased.
While not afraid of controversial matters, I figure it is better to concentrate on our common ground rather than invite hundreds of rabid e-mails that call my parentage into question.
That won't be the case today.
outdoorsbest.com - August 26, 2004 - The Democrats' Spin On Gun Control
Have the Democrats really changed on gun control? Would it matter whether Senator John Kerry or President George Bush won the election this year? Democrats have spent much time and effort trying to alter their anti-gun image. They seem to believe that the answers to gun questions really matter for the campaign.
Out on the primary campaign trail, John Kerry talked about his boyhood hunting trips, and, before the Iowa caucus, Kerry even took time out to shoot a pheasant. Americans For Gun Safety, a gun-control organization, applauded Kerry's approach as "taking the gun issue to the political center."
Daily Telegraph - August 27, 2004 -
Kerry can't shoot deer or stop terror
There's a bumper sticker I see on a lot of Vermont cars these days: "BE PATRIOTIC – VOTE GEORGE BUSH OUT". The trouble is you can't vote Bush out, you have to vote the other fellow in.
Philly.com (registration required) - August 12, 2004 - Kerry looking for votes among sportsmen
FORT MADISON, Iowa - As John Kerry worked the rope line by a riverside war memorial in this small Mississippi River town, men and women thrust copies of the same 8x10 glossy into his hands. Dutifully, he scrawled his name with a Sharpie pen. Once, twice, three times. They kept coming.
The photo wasn't the usual politician's pose. Taken last October at an Iowa farm, it showed Kerry in full hunting regalia with a 12-gauge shotgun in his hands. Among those clutching the pictures were Iowa prison guards, many of them wearing union T-shirts.
America's political debate over guns is different this year.
CNS News - August 12, 2004 - Kerry Sharpens Aim on
Gun Vote in Red States
Four years after Al Gore alienated gun owners with his tough talk and anti-gun record, this year's Democrat presidential nominee has adopted a new strategy when it comes to firearms. John Kerry is using images to make his case to gun owners.
PittsburgLive.com - August 9, 2004 - Kerry and Guns
John Kerry, hunter, gun enthusiast, friend of sportsmen everywhere, is a man on the run from his record.
The Washington Post - August 9, 2004 - In Swing States, Kerry Reaches for the Gun Votes
Every time you turn around, Sen. John F. Kerry is shooting something. Not with a camera. With a gun.
The Hill - July 29, 2004 - Guns divide campaign, Kerry’s silence on the issue frustrates control advocates
Gun-control advocates say that Sen. John Kerry’s
presidential campaign is divided about how vocal the senator should be
in calling for the assault-weapons ban to be renewed.
KATV Channel 7 (Arkansas) - July 21, 2004 - Huckabee Criticizes Kerry at Gun Shooting Range
Lonoke (AP) - Governor Huckabee and Republican sportsmen took aim at the Democratic presidential ticket Wednesday. Huckabee says hunters should be up in arms over what the governor says is the threat that a John Kerry (newsbio) presidency would pose to gun rights. ...
The Wall Street Journal - July 18, 2004 - Edwards & Co. Kerry's No. 2 isn't the worst kind of trial lawyer, but his backers are.
John Edwards famously proclaims to all comers that he has no apologies about the cases he handled as a personal injury lawyer, which has not quite sufficed to prevent some of his best-known cases from coming under critical scrutiny.
In a Jan. 31 New York Times article, Adam Liptak and Michael Moss explored doubts about Mr. Edwards's lucrative specialty of blaming infants' cerebral palsy on mistakes by obstetricians, in particular their reluctance to perform caesarean sections. (C-section rates have skyrocketed under pressure from such suits, yet rates of cerebral palsy do not seem to have dropped as a result.) .....
The Democrats' Spin On Gun Control: Pushing for Reasonable restrictions' is the key to getting the public's vote - June 15, 2004 - John R. Lott
... Out on the primary campaign trail, John Kerry talked about his boyhood hunting trips, and, before the Iowa caucus, Kerry even took time out to shoot a pheasant. Americans For Gun Safety, a gun-control organization, applauded Kerry's approach as "taking the gun issue to the political center." ...
The Washington Post - June 14, 2004 - Doubts Linger as Kerry Advances
. . . These Democrats say the enthusiasm for defeating Bush runs much stronger and deeper than the passion for electing Kerry. The chief reason: The senator from Massachusetts, they say, has not crisply articulated what a Kerry presidency would stand for beyond undoing much of the Bush agenda.
Newsmax - June 2, 2004 - John Kerry, Lifelong Hunter - AND Animal Rightist??
"I do a better job of fighting for the rights of sportsmen than George Bush does." That's John Kerry boasting to outdoor writers while visiting New Orleans recently.
Recall that last November during the Iowa Caucus, Kerry (with cameras rolling) took to a cornfield with a shotgun and blasted two pheasant. He folded the suckers. BLAM!-BLAM! Two shots. Two dead pheasant. "I've been hunting all my life!" he grinned while hefting the mangled birds. "I love doves too. You just gut 'em and hang for a few days. I love 'em cold roasted." Some think this clinched his victory in Iowa.
The Washington Times - May 21,2004 - NRA Leader Gunning For Kerry
. . . "His antifirearms record is
among the very worst in American politics," said NRA Executive Vice
President Wayne LaPierre. "It's not a stretch to say that the worst
thing that could happen to the Second Amendment is for John Kerry to be
The New York Post - May 13,2004 - John Kerry, MIA
John Forbes Kerry, presidential prospect, is ignoring his day job.
Kerry says he supports extending emergency federal unemployment benefits. Whether that's a sound position is another matter, but it is Kerry's position.
Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 59-40 in favor of the extension.
But that meant the bill died: It needed 60 votes because it violated a budget agreement reached last year.
And who might have provided that missing 60th vote?
The junior senator from Massachusetts, of course - JFK Lite.
The Wall Street Journal - March 23,2004 - John F. Who?
When John Kerry returns from his snowboarding vacation, it'll be time to set about deciding who he is, what his candidacy is about. It may seem to be a strange quest to begin this far into a presidential campaign. But it's essential when there is no obvious answer in most voters' minds to this question: Why is Mr. Kerry running for president? Wanting to be president or opposing the current occupant of the Oval Office is rarely an adequate answer. What Mr. Kerry really needs now is a defining moment.
The New York Post - March 15, 2004 - THE WARNING KERRY IGNORED
SEN. John Kerry boasts how he "sounded the alarm on terrorism years before 9/ 11," referring to his 1997 book "The New War." Too bad he didn't blast it when it really counted - four months before the hijackings, when he was hand-delivered evidence of serious security breaches at Logan International Airport, with specific warnings that terrorists could exploit them.
mensnewsdaily.com - March 14, 2004 - John Kerry: A Man For All Sides
National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action - March 11, 2004
...At this writing, it looks like John Kerry is well on his way to earning the Democratic nod to run against President Bush. But if Kerry wins, gun owners lose. A review of the votes he has cast since becoming a Senator in 1984 should make all law-abiding gun owners want to scream...
The Albuquerque Tribune - March 7, 2004 - Democrats showed their true anti-gun colors
Like a bird dog cautiously skirting a diamondback rattler, all through the primaries the Democrats have shied away from the subject of gun control.
It had formerly been one of their favorite issues, but with Al Gore's loss of his home state of Tennessee - and with it the White House - in the 2000 election, they finally woke up to the fact that instead of winning them votes - the way the liberal media portrayed it - their anti-gun policies were costing them dearly.
The National Conservative Weekly - March 4, 2004 - John Kerry: On the Losing Side of History
The Cold War and the ominous threat of Communist expansion are long
over. Still, Americans should start thinking about communism again. Why
dig up the past? Because our current enemy--loosely organized Islamic
radicalism--is not nearly as serious a threat as the one Sen. John F.
Kerry (D.-Mass.), pooh-poohed
under questioning from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April
Former Sen. Jeremiah Denton (R.-Ala.), a Vietnam POW who suffered four
years of solitary confinement in Hanoi and who later wrote When Hell
Was in Session, was Kerry's Senate colleague from 1985 to 1987. When
Kerry was testifying in Washington in 1971, Denton was in his sixth year
of captivity in North Vietnam.
Kerry defends assault-weapons ban before US Senate- March 2, 2004 During testimony in Senate.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Senator John Kerry (news - web sites), the front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination to face off against President George W. Bush (news - web sites), urged the US Senate to renew a ban on semi-automatic weapons that is currently under debate in Congress.
The Washington Post - February 15, 2004 - The 1st 28 Questions For Kerry
In the more than 250 days until Nov 2, John Kerry can answer questions that linger despite, or because of, all he has said so far. Such as:
Other than denoting your disapproval, what does the adjective mean in the phrase "special interest"? Is the National Education Association a special interest? The AFL-CIO?
You abhor "special tax giveaways for the privileged and special interests." When supporting billions in ethanol subsidies, mostly for agribusinesses, did you think about corn-growing, caucus-holding Iowa? .....
John Lott, Author of "The Bias Against Guns" (Regnery, 2003) - February 6, 2004
Gun Control Remains a Loaded Issue for Democratic Candidates. The rhetoric may be toned down, but the aim remains the same.
NUMBER ONE: KERRY RANKED 'MOST LIBERAL' IN
SENATE ROLL CALL VOTES, TOPS KENNEDY, CLINTON
Senator Dianne Feinstein - September 16, 2003
- The Kerry campaign has removed this page.
Also Endorsed by: Sen. Edward Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., & Sen. Frank Lautenberg all of whom are know for their vigorous efforts to gut the 2nd Amendment.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Commends John Kerry for Highlighting Gun Violence Prevention - September 9, 2003 - page removed.
"courage means standing up for gun safety, not retreating from the issue out of political fear or trying to have it both ways."
Consider: Sen. Kerry implies that he has courage, but he is attempting to play both sides of THIS issue.
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American.
Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.