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NRA Takes Aim at Obama Using Hillary's Words

WASHINGTON: The National Rifle Association endorsed John McCain for president Thursday and produced a full-page newspaper ad in which it uses a mailing by Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries to criticize Barack Obama.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

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WASHINGTON -- The National Rifle Association endorsed John McCain for president Thursday, saying McCain "has more than two decades of pro-gun and pro-hunting votes in Congress" and slamming Barack Obama for "his radical record of opposition to our constitutional rights."

The organization also pulled the trigger on a full-page national newspaper ad that revives a mailing in which Hillary Clinton accused Obama of hedging on gun issues.

The Clinton mailing, which was sent during the Democratic primaries, accused Obama of changing his statements on gun issues to to fit his audience.

"Hillary was right: You can't trust Obama with your guns," says the NRA political action committee's ad, which appears in USA Today on Thursday.

The ad includes a reproduction of Clinton's mailing, which mentioned Obama's comment at an April fundraiser in San Francisco that some small-town voters bitter about lost jobs "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

"We believe that he's trying to fog the issue and confuse the voter, and he says he's for the Second Amendment while he votes to run the firearms industry and the Second Amendment out of business," Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president, said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.

The PAC has spent at least $2.3 million on anti-Obama efforts, including more than $100,000 on the new ad.

Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said the senator did not approve the NRA's use of her campaign mailing.

Obama has said people have the right to lawfully bear arms and "there's nothing inconsistent with also saying we can institute some commonsense gun laws so that we don't have kids being shot on the streets of cities like Chicago."

"Senator Obama firmly believes that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to bear arms and that he will respect the tradition of gun ownership in this country, which is why he received the endorsement of the American Hunters and Shooters Association," Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said. The association calls itself a "mainstream group of hunters" and says it supports safe and responsible gun ownership.

Obama endorsed an Illinois handgun ban and supported the D.C. handgun ban. He tried to reconcile his two positions earlier this year.

"I think we have two conflicting traditions in this country," he told Politico. "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 violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage," he continued. "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 measures that I think respect the Second Amendment and people's traditions."

The NRA, in its endorsement of McCain, said they had differences on some issues. But LaPierre said the organization would "be foolish to overlook the vast areas of agreement" it has with him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Just a little more about Guns and Obama. Look at the violent crime rate in Chicago and tell me that the gun ban there has worked. Don't be fooled by the title American Hunters and Shooters Association. They aren't what they seem to be.
From Brian Berry - "The AHSA is a two-year-old organization that, after visiting its Web site, seems to exist solely to stand against the National Rifle Association. Just so there's no confusion as to the AHSA's stand on guns, Paul Helmke, the president of the Brady Campaign (one of the largest anti-gun lobby groups in Washington) said of the AHSA: "I see our issues as complementary to theirs.
When asked by a student, Obama said his "academic studies convinced him gun ownership is an individual right and not just the right of a militia. ... Like all rights, though, they are constrained by the needs and the rights of the community." (Weekly Standard, Dec. 17, 2007)

Obama does not define anywhere what the community's needs and rights would be when it comes to "constraining" gun ownership. A glimpse, however, would be the Washington, D.C., handgun ban. It was recently deemed unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, but had Obama's unfettered support. (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 20, 2007)

McCain's Web site, on the other hand, has an entire section dealing with his support of the Second Amendment. I don't agree with every one of McCain's positions. For example, he wishes to force background checks on the private sale of guns at gun shows, which I don't support. But McCain certainly reflects my values better than his opponent.

From McCain's Web site: "John McCain believes that the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is a fundamental, individual Constitutional right that we have a sacred duty to protect. ... Gun control is a proven failure in fighting crime. Law abiding citizens should not be asked to give up their rights because of criminals."

I just don't think Obama gets it. During an interview in February 2008, Obama said, "I think it's important for us to recognize that we've got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally." ( A tradition?

Mr. Obama, it's called the Bill of Rights - not the Bill of Traditions."

Sorry this was so long but thought it a good read.

Just heard this morning that Obama was against a bill that allowed a homeowner to protect his family and property from intruders, by using a gun. Heard this came up because someone defended his family from intruders and got arrested.
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