Monday, May 19, 2008
"If Obama wins, you lose," says gun law expert John M. Snyder.
"America's 80 million law-abiding, gun-owning voters will face serious threats to their individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms should Illinois' junior Senator be elected President," Snyder continued.
"Although Barack Hussein Obama now professes support for Second Amendment values in an obvious attempt to cynically and hypocritically garner as many votes as he can, his public record shows he is a die-hard opponent of law-abiding Americans' gun rights," Snyder added. "This record shows that he opposes the right of law-abiding citizens to use firearms to defend themselves and their loved ones from predatory, murderous criminals, that he opposes their right to defend life, the very right to life itself."
Snyder said that, "Obama's record in this regard is at least as bad as if not worse than the records of other statist-oriented Democrat Senators, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, his competitor for the Democrat presidential nomination, Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Edward Kennedy, Frank Lautenberg and Chuck Schumer. This guy Obama is bad news, real bad news.
"On the other hand, his march toward the White House can serve as a potent rallying point around which patriotic, freedom-loving Americans can coalesce in a battle for the soul of America in a political struggle to prevent the flag of liberty from being buried beneath the feet of the gun grabbers."
Snyder noted that Obama's anti-gun owner positions run counter to those of United States Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs, who indicated in a recent survey of American law enforcement command officers conducted by the National Association of Chiefs of Police that over 93 percent support the right of any law-abiding citizen to be able to purchase a firearm for sport or self-defense.
Snyder pointed out that, within the last 12 years, Obama has supported legislation to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns, to ban most of the privately held shotguns, target rifles and black powder rifles in Illinois, to allow law enforcement officials to forcibly enter private homes to confiscate banned firearms, and to ban shotguns with a bore of .50 caliber or more.
Obama has voted four times against legislation to protect homeowners from prosecution in cases where they used a firearm to halt a home invasion. He has called for federal legislation to prevent states from enacting laws enabling qualified, law-abiding citizens within their jurisdictions to carry concealed firearms, and in fact has spoken out generally against concealed carry laws. He even helped defeat an Illinois bill that would have allowed an individual to carry a concealed firearm when he or she had a valid order of protection against another person.
Obama voted twice in the U.S. Senate to hold firearm manufacturers, distributors, dealers and importers liable for the acts of criminals when he opposed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. He has called for a ban on the sale or transfer of all forms of semiautomatic rifles, shotguns and handguns.
Neither Obama nor Clinton signed the congressional amici brief supporting opposition to the Washington, D.C. statute banning the possession of a handgun in one's home in the currently considered Supreme Court case of District of Columbia v Heller, even though Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, did.
Snyder indicated that while Obama and many of the more well-known Democrat politicians are on the anti-gun bandwagon, this is not necessarily true of all Democrat politicians. "In fact," he said, "many of the Democrats are solid on the issue of gun rights. In time, let us hope they will be able to take command of their party and throw Obama and Clinton and the others into political oblivion where they belong."
Sniper vents his feelings: "A US sniper has been thrown out of Iraq for using a copy of the Koran for target practice, the Associated Press reports. A US commander had to hold a formal ceremony apologising to Sunni tribal leaders after the incident came to light. Iraqi police found the bullet-riddled Koran with graffiti inside the cover on a firing range near a police station in Radwaniyah, AP said. The ceremony of apology reportedly included a US officer kissing a new copy of Islam's holy book before giving it to the tribal leaders."
VA: Gun rights activists protest sign in Boones Mill: "Wearing blaze orange stickers that read `GUNS SAVE LIVES,' nearly 40 members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League came from as far away as Bristol, Virginia Beach, Richmond and Northern Virginia to protest a sign at the tiny Boones Mill town hall requesting that guns not be brought into the building. Several people at the town council meeting also carried guns in hip holsters, and others said they had concealed weapons. They told Mayor Ben Flora and town council members that the sign violated their rights, was discriminatory and was potentially dangerous."
CA: Angry crowd confronts cops after man shot dead: "A man shot and killed by officers Saturday had been harassing residents and threatening to commit suicide in the final minutes of his life, police said Sunday. Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Officer identified the victim as Roketi Mosesue, a 46-year-old Long Beach man of Samoan decent. Mosesue was killed following a scuffle with two police officers .. After the shooting, an angry mob of about 40 people surrounded the officers, threatening them and forcing cops to call for backup. . The crowd dispersed when backup arrived, however, and officers were not injured. . Police got into a fight with the man in the street moments after arriving, even using their batons to control him, but were ineffective, [Long Beach Police Spokeswoman Nancy] Pratt said. When the battle spiraled out-of-control, an officer shot the man several times to `protect himself and the life of his partner,' Pratt said."