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Thursday, September 11, 2008

So would this 'attack on Senator Obama's stand on the 2nd Amendment' be considered 'unfair'?

Obama, interestingly enough, has tried for the last few months to portray himself as, if not exactly a friend to gun owners, at least not a mortal enemy. Obama likes to talk about "audacity," and I have to acknowledge that he has no shortage of it. Few things could be more audacious than to claim, with a legislative record like Obama's, that he is no threat to private gun ownership.

Perhaps the most telling example of his rabidly pro-forcible citizen disarmament voting record can be found here.

Yep--any shotgun larger than .410 (28 gauge shotguns have a bore diameter of about .550 inches) would be banned, and there would be no "grandfather clause." If you owned a shotgun for dove hunting or trap shooting, Obama voted for legislation that would require you to turn it in. So much for "I'm not going to take your guns away."

What I would like to know, though, is what the American Hunters and Shooters Association has to say about this. The AHSA has, you'll remember, endorsed Obama, and have gotten their little knickers in a twist over the fact that some nasty folks would dare claim that Obama is a threat to private gun ownership.

We believe recent attacks on Senator Obama's stand on the 2nd Amendment and his commitment to our hunting and shooting heritage are unfair and American Hunters and Shooters Association is stepping up to set the record straight.
Their "setting the record straight" consists of pointing out that Obama voted for Senator David Vitter's amendment to HR 5441 (a 2007 appropriations bill), protecting against government confiscation of firearms during emergencies. Left unmentioned is the fact that if Obama has his way, the government wouldn't need to wait for an emergency to confiscate guns--they could do it right away.

That one vote is what AHSA is hanging Obamam's "pro-gun" hat on.

Of course, I guess it's no surprise that AHSA supports a candidate who tried to ban shotguns because their bores are "too large"--they're quite open about wanting to throw .50 caliber rifle owners under the bus.

The AHSA--the Brady Campaign in (ineffective) camouflage.