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.

A FEW QUOTES:

"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.)

ON THE OTHER HAND:

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.

-Z.

Monday, December 17, 2007

NY Times And Civil Liberties

Click on the link to head over to Chuck for . . . to read an excellent dissection of the NY Times intellectual dishonesty underlying that paper's stance on gun control.

In a nutshell, the NY Times writes that the Constitution should be interpreted freely by whomever has the power to do so, regardless of what it says. Shameful, disturbing stuff for many reasons and not just limited to their disregard for the 2nd Amendment.