Here are some more quotes and info on his voting record on gun rights:
Q: Is the D.C. law prohibiting ownership of handguns consistent with an individual's right to bear arms?
A: As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right
does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private property
but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it.
Q: But do you still favor the registration & licensing of guns?
A: I think we can provide common-sense approaches to the issue of illegal guns that are ending up on the streets. We can make sure that criminals
don't have guns in their hands. We can make certain that those who are mentally deranged are not getting a hold of handguns. We can trace guns that
have been used in crimes to unscrupulous gun dealers that may be selling to straw purchasers and dumping them on the streets.
FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban
Obama was being misleading when he denied that his handwriting had been on a document endorsing a state ban on the sale and possession of handguns in
Illinois. Obama responded, "No, my writing wasn't on that particular questionnaire. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns."
Actually, Obama's writing was on the 1996 document, 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:
35. 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's campaign said, "Sen. Obama didn't fill out these state Senate questionnaires--a staffer did--and there are several answers that didn't
reflect his views then or now. He may have jotted some notes on the front page of the questionnaire, but some answers didn't reflect his views."
Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok
Q: You said recently, "I have no intention of taking away folks' guns." But you support the D.C. handgun ban, and you've said that it's
constitutional. How do you reconcile those two positions?
A: Because I think we have two conflicting traditions in this country. I think it's important for us to recognize that we've got a tradition of
handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their
families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community
saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets. And cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background
checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure that I think respect the Second Amendment and people's
Source: 2008 Politico pre-Potomac Primary interview Feb 11, 200
The link to this page is here:
I really don't like his stance on this. Please McCain...bring this up now!!! Cripes....week and half before election day and this isn't out yet?
Edit: The A's are Obama's actual quotes to the questions asked.
[edit on 24-10-2008 by David9176]