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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Re: Guns, Guns, Guns

posted by on June 26 at 10:05 AM

And now the Obama statement, which tries to claim that Obama was in favor of the Supreme Court’s gun rights reasoning before—well, before even the Supreme Court was in favor of its gun rights reasoning:

I have always believed that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms, but I also identify with the need for crime-ravaged communities to save their children from the violence that plagues our streets through common-sense, effective safety measures. The Supreme Court has now endorsed that view, and while it ruled that the D.C. gun ban went too far, Justice Scalia himself acknowledged that this right is not absolute and subject to reasonable regulations enacted by local communities to keep their streets safe. Today’s ruling, the first clear statement on this issue in 127 years, will provide much-needed guidance to local jurisdictions across the country.

As President, I will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun-owners, hunters, and sportsmen. I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact common-sense laws, like closing the gun show loophole and improving our background check system, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. Today’s decision reinforces that if we act responsibly, we can both protect the constitutional right to bear arms and keep our communities and our children safe.

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like closing the gun show loophole and improving our background check system, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals.

Terrorists buy guns at gun shows?

Posted by Dingo Rossi | June 26, 2008 10:10 AM

Nice response.

Posted by JR | June 26, 2008 10:11 AM

Based on current gun laws, if I were a terrorist, I'd be buying my guns at a gun show.

Posted by Will in STL | June 26, 2008 10:16 AM

I don't think that's quite fair, Eli. He doesn't say that he has always supported the Court's reasoning. He scarcely hides that he would have ruled the other way. He refers to "that view," rather than "my view," for example. What he does say is that there's much to be OK with in the Supremes' decision, and it sounds as though that is true.

Posted by fixo | June 26, 2008 10:18 AM

I didn't think this would be a problem for Obama at all. He was specifically asked about this and said that he thought there was an individual right to own guns, but that reasonable restrictions could be made. I disagree with him, and would institute a national ban on handguns if I had my druthers, but my side has pretty much completely and entirely lost the political battle for gun control.

Posted by Gitai | June 26, 2008 10:20 AM

Bleh, always with the terrorist scare tactics.

As a long time Obama supporter, but longer time gun owner I feel the partisan pain. Republicans are a bunch of douchenozzles, but fuck, the Democrats have left me in the cold on this. I'm glad Obama finally acknowledged

what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne
Posted by Anon | June 26, 2008 10:20 AM

Awesome response and it makes total sense.

Posted by irl | June 26, 2008 10:23 AM

Perfect response.

Posted by Timothy | June 26, 2008 10:27 AM

in re: "As President, I will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun-owners, hunters, and sportsmen."
It's also nice to see a Presidential candidate saying that he will, you know, follow the law and govern in a manner consistent with our constitutional rights as clarified by the Supreme Court, even if it goes against what he might want or prefer.

Posted by torrentprime | June 26, 2008 10:28 AM

Excellent response.  Better by far than yesterday's wishy-washy pander.

Posted by lostboy | June 26, 2008 10:44 AM

Great response, makes McCain's look like empty, bland soapbox rhetoric.

I love the part where he vows to uphold the law. It's a sad that such a thing is no longer implied of a presidential candidate, but hey, that's what you get after 8 years of Dubya!

Posted by Hernandez | June 26, 2008 11:01 AM

McCain is toast. I can't wait for President Obama. The slogan shouldn't be "Yes We Can", it should be "Yes We Can Get Things Done!". With a Dem majority, common sense, and a constitutional thought process such as this, America can rebound from the last 8 years of 'C' Student-Let's-Have-A-Beer-With-This-Dope mentality.

Posted by P to the J | June 26, 2008 11:02 AM

@12 ... I'm rooting for McCain as much as the next bleeding heart liberal

HOWEVER ... just because the democrats are in power doesn't mean we get to let our gaurd down. Democrat doesn't equal saint, nor does Republican necessary equal villan. Still, I'd rather have Chriss Dodd over Tom Delay any day of the week.

Posted by OR Matt | June 26, 2008 11:16 AM

The thing about Cheyenne is; I don't think anything works there.

Posted by Jesse | June 26, 2008 12:06 PM

Jesse @ 14:

Your mother!

(Rim shot)

Posted by Mr. Snap | June 26, 2008 1:28 PM

obama has a terrible record for trying to rip our second amendment to shreds, his statement is like the rest of his lies and bullshit, he is going to cry on his pillow tonight thinking of people who cling to our guns and rightfully so.

Posted by wayneh | June 26, 2008 3:14 PM

This is a perfect response from Obama. Things are looking up after the FISA atrocity and the death penalty pandering of the last week.

Posted by Cascadian | June 26, 2008 3:24 PM

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