Friday, October 24, 2008

The History of Obama

O.k. I know that this blog is supposed to be about my hunting and outdoor adventures, but this is one that I just couldn't pass up. I was talking with some of my co-workers today and we got on the subject of politics. I was blown away by the fact that some of the avid hunters here are Obama supporters! I kept hearing "He's a sportsman!" and "He doesn't want to take your guns" and "He just wants stricter laws for inner cities and it won't affect us". Well, I'm not going to sit here and tell you who to vote for. There are enough ad campaigns out there to do that. What I will do is show you a view of Obama's past voting history and how he has felt about guns...

Obama's writing was on the 1996 document, a political questionnaire which was filed when Obama was running for the Illinois state Senate. A Chicago nonprofit, Independent Voters of Illinois, had this question, and Obama took hard line:

Do you support state legislation to:
a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Yes.
b. ban assault weapons? Yes.
c. mandatory waiting periods and background checks? Yes.


Obama was asked by interviewer Leon Harris “You support the D.C. handgun ban, and you’ve said that it’s constitutional?” during a Feb. 12 interview on ABC’s affiliate in Washington.

“Right, right,” replied the Illinois senator, nodding his head.


“As president,” Obama said in response to the ruling, “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.”

“Reason” magazine’s Jacob Sullum noted that Obama’s response highlights his “peculiar view that the extent of an American’s constitutional rights depends on where he lives.”


During Obama’s time on the board of the liberal Joyce Foundation, he “oversaw the distribution of $18 million to gun-ban groups, including major funding for the Violence Policy Center,”


As a member of the Illinois Senate, Obama voted for a bill to ban and confiscate assault weapons that the NRA said was so poorly drafted that “it would have also banned most semiauto and single and double barrel shotguns commonly used by sportsmen.”


Obama also has supported legislation to ban gun stores within 5 miles of any school or park, which the NRA plausibly argues could close down 90 percent of all existing gun stores in America.


Obama voted to make homeowners guilty of a felony if their gun is stolen from their home and then used to harm anyone, thereby making it dangerous for any law-abiding citizen merely to own a gun.


Obama has proposed banning inexpensive handguns, so-called Saturday night specials, that poor women and men could afford for self-defense, according to NRA document .tion. He also has proposed a 500 percent increase in the federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition. To the extent that he favors any right to keep and bear arms, it appears to be only for the rich, not the poor.


Principles that Obama supports on gun issues as stated in the 1998 IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.


Barack Obama wants to re-impose the failed and discredited Clinton Gun Ban

From the Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization general candidate questionnaire, Sept. 9, 1996


Obama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting

United States Senate, S. 397, vote number 217, Kennedy amendment July 2, 2005


Obama supports local gun bans in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities

David Wright, Ursula Fahy and Sunlen Miller, "Obama: 'Common Sense Regulation' On Gun Owners' Rights," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog,, 2/15/08

Obama voted to uphold local gun bans and the criminal prosecution of people who use firearms in self-defense

Illinois Senate, March 25, 2004 SB 2165, vote 20


Obama voted not to notify gun owners when the state of Illinois did records searches on them

Illinois Senate, May 5, 2002, SB 1936 Con., vote 26


Obama voted against a measure to lower the Firearms Owners Identification card age minimum from 21 to 18, a measure designed to assist young people in the military

Illinois Senate, March 25, 2003, SB 2163, vote 18


Obama favors a ban on standard capacity magazines

“Clinton, Edwards, Obama on gun control,” Radio Iowa, Sunday, April 22, 2007


Obama supports mandatory micro-stamping

Chicago Tribune blogs, “Barack Obama: NIU Shootings call for action,” February 15, 2008


Obama supports repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment, which prohibits information on gun traces collected by the BATFE from being used in reckless lawsuits against firearm dealers and manufacturers.

There is more information out there folks. This is just some of what I found. Do some digging. Find out who you are voting for. And don't let an expensive t.v. ad make up your mind for you.

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