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#gunvote: Back to the Future?

#gunvote 2012 -- Don't Risk Your RightsDuring the second presidential debate, President Obama stated in a clear answer to a questioner that “…what I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced. But part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence. Because frankly, in my hometown of Chicago, there’s an awful lot of violence and they’re not using AK-47s. They’re using cheap handguns.”

So Barack Obama now envisions not only a sweeping ban on rifles and shotguns – but is also considering new restrictions on handguns. Of course, as a state Senator, Obama endorsed a total ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns. Is Obama looking to travel back to the future in a potential second term? If so, there is far more under his hat than a handgun ban. Barack Obama also supported a proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles of a school or park, which would eliminate almost every gun store in America. And he has endorsed a 500 percent increase in the federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition. And those are just the low-lights. There’s more – much more.

Mitt Romney, by contrast, took the opportunity to reaffirm his continued support for the Second Amendment by clearly stating that he was “… not in favor of new pieces of legislation on guns and taking guns away or making certain guns illegal.” In a separate announcement on the day of the debate, Romney went further, saying “It is the sportsmen and women of America who keep safe that natural wealth for this generation and many more to come. Hunters, fishermen, sports-shooters, and outdoor enthusiasts not only create millions of jobs and pump billions of dollars into our economy, they stand on the forefront of defending our Second Amendment rights and protecting the natural wonder of our nation. If I am fortunate enough to become president, they will have a friend in the White House.”

The difference between the candidates couldn’t be more stark. Gun owners, sportsmen, and hunters should take heed from the revelation of Obama’s true second term agenda. The stakes of this election now go far beyond the typical debate over incremental restrictions on our rights. The exchange from the debate has put a fine point on the stark contrast between the respective tickets for the presidency. Elections matter and last night’s debate illustrated that the stakes are still tremendous in the battle for our 2nd Amendment rights in the 21st century. Don’t risk your rights this November — #gunvote!

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8 Responses to “#gunvote: Back to the Future?”

  1. soflo

    Obama was clearly stating that the majority of gun violence was due to handguns, not “assault rifles”. which is true. He did not say anything about handgun restrictions. While I own several rifles that might be considered for ban in the future and I owned them before and during the last ban. What he said is reasonable. Looking at the root causes and a mutifaceted solution, will bring the ban onto the table again. But it is only one of many considerations and would require congressional support that just is not there. So I still am voting for Obama, because I like his total package, if not that discussion.

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  3. richard scalzo

    Why in the world do so many see Romney as pro-gun? As Gov. of MA he was responsible for this..
    “In July 2004, then-Governor Romney signed legislation into law that made Massachusetts’ assault weapons ban permanent and not reliant on a federal ban that expired at the end of 2004. The state issued a press release at the time, in which Romney described assault weapons as “instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”
    The major MA gun owner group voiced their displeasure. I see Romney as playing to the crowds.

  4. Scotty B

    You’re right….Larry Keane and NSSF are being irresponsible. Our choices boil down to “profoundly anti-gun” (Mittens) or “virulently ant-gun” (Barry). Why can’t these self-appointed pro-gun organizations just tell the truth??

  5. Larry Keane

    You are badly mistaken to think Romney is antigun. Obama, however, is strongly antigun and the debate showed it. The choice very clear.

  6. Scotty B

    I don’t go by what a politician says….I go by what they do….what Romney has done has been pointed out by the OP…..the fact is neither candidate is “pro-gun” and once again we get to choose the lesser of two evils. Yippee. I will say a lame duck president is more dangerous than a fresh new one, so we have to roll with Mittens I guess. But he wrote “ObamaCare” for Massachusetts and signed a permanent AWB for the Bay State. How is he a proven friend of freedom? Get real.

  7. gman1776

    Romney said nothing about RTKBA for self-defense. He seems to believe the 2A is about hunting.

  8. Gun Tote'n Dem

    Off the top,turn the tv off,do your own research on the candidates and vote!!!WAKE UP,doesnt it seem funny that around every election time,the ammo dealers jack up their prices to idiotic prices.Then want to give you shit about buying the same cheap ammo at walmart!Its a ploy they use all the time to boost arms and ammo sales!”The whole “There trying to take our guns”or there infringing on my rights bs!All im saying is sit back and think for a minute!Vote for whomever,just know that there groomed politicians!