Friday, December 21, 2007

John Edwards and the 2nd Amendment

In continuing to promote accurate understanding of candidates' positions on the 2nd Amendment, I offer this following round-up of John Edwards on gun rights:
  • Supports the Brady Bill
  • Makes statements suggesting support for renewing the so-called Assault Weapons Ban.


"I haven’t met a hunter yet who needed an AK-47 to hunt, but I think we need to be very careful to make sure that the second amendment rights are protected." (Quoted in Field & Stream)

"I think, first and foremost, that we need a president who actually believes in the Second Amendment and in the individual right to own firearms. And, the importance in that, both for hunting and for protection, and I do. I think part of it is the way of life that I grew up with, and the culture of which I grew up in. It’s been with me my entire life." (Also from Field & Stream)

"Owning a handgun is a privilege, not a right." (He says this in a YouTube video, but to be fair he wasn't given a change to elaborate.)


I don't personally think the 2nd Amendment has a thing to do with hunting or not hunting. But for those who do, take a look at Edwards's "Hunting and Fishing Bill of Rights And Responsibilities," publishing in October 2007. Among other things, it says:

"Edwards will support "Open Fields" programs that encourage private landowners to let people hunt and fish on their land. He also supports setting up regional Public Access Councils to give local sportspeople a voice in land management and, instead of opening up backcountry for logging and drilling the way President Bush has done, Edwards will work to preserve our roadless backcountry . . . Protect the Tradition of Responsible Gun Ownership. Edwards hunted when he was young and grew up in rural areas where owning a gun was part of a way of life. He respects that way of life and believes that we can do two things at once: protect gun rights and promote gun safety. "

So there you go--he's not Bill Richardson, but he doesn't seem to be Obama or Biden either when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. Vote your conscience.



Chuck Butcher said...

Thanks for the research, I think he may be actually open to reason.

RightDemocrat said...

John Edwards is probably our best choice as Bill Richardson has little chance of being nominated. I really like the positions taken by Edwards on economic issues. In 2004, I supported Edwards in the primary but was a little disappointed by his opposition to gun rights and nuclear power this time around. Maybe Edwards will be more open to the concerns of gun owners than Clinton and Obama who are both clearly anti-gun.

Daniel Barnett said...

As far as I can tell, John Edwards' remarks are nothing more than the tired old "I support the Second Amendment, but I support the assault weapon ban" song and dance that Americans for Gun Safety came up with in 2003 (and voters rejected in 2004). Now repackaged as part of the "Third Way" approach, this position leaves me wih the impression that there's no real difference between Edwards, Obama, and Clinton in regards to their disdain for our Constitutional rights.

So I will probably vote for Bill Richardson when the primaries finally roll around. Everyone, however, must vote their conscience.

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