Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Inartful Dodger

Earnedmedia provides a very helpful timeline of Barack Obama’s position(s) on gun control. Excerpts appear below but the Earnedmedia timeline provides explanation and documentation:

SEPTEMBER 1996: In Response To A 1996 Independent Voters Of Illinois questionnaire, Obama Indicated That He Supported Banning The "Manufacture, Sale And Possession Of Handguns."

2004: Barack Obama Voted Against "Letting People Use A Self-Defense Argument If Charged With Violating Local Handgun Bans."

NOVEMBER 2007: The Chicago Tribune Reports That The Obama Campaign Says
Barack Obama "Believes The D.C. Handgun Law Is Constitutional."

FEBRUARY 2008: During An Interview, Barack Obama Acknowledged His Support For The D.C. Gun Ban. Questioner Leon Harris: "…You said in Idaho recently -- I'm quoting here -- 'I have no intention of taking away folks' guns,' but you support the D.C. handgun ban." Obama: "Right."

Harris: "And you've said that it's constitutional. How can you reconcile those two different positions?" Obama: "...I think it is important for us to recognize that we've got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of people, law-abiding citizens, use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have violence on the streets that is a result of illegal handgun use. And so, there is nothing wrong, I think, with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets ..."

But Barack Obama was supporting a law that made all handguns illegal so when he says there is nothing wrong with a community taking "illegal" handguns off the streets, he apparently measn all handguns.

In other words, Barack Obama, the Constitutional scholar, acknowledges that the Constitution gives the right for individuals to bear arms, but he said that the Washington DC law banning handguns was constitutional, but he supports the Supreme Court ruling that says the Washington DC law was unconstitutional. If Barack Obama was running for President of Alice’s “Wonderland,” I’d say he was very qualified.

When confronted with the Chicago tribune article which “quoted the Obama campaign as saying, “Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional” the Obama compain said that statement was “inartful” (ABC News). Inartful?

I really can’t understand why anyone believes anything Obama says anymore.


Kevin said...

Whoa... Dennis come on now. Cut the guy a break on his views of the whether a law is constitutional or not. It's not like he went to Harvard Law School or... oh wait.

Robert said...

Obama has NEVER been about policies and reason. He's been about the good feelings he engenders in his followers. I think he views himself as a modern day messiah...

Dennis said...

Kevin: LOL!

Robert, the scarry thing is that he has so many followers who seem to think of him that way too.

L'oiseau said...

That's funny, I don't know any of his "followers" that think of him that way. The people who spread the messiah/cult nonsense are misinformed or purposefully ignorant.

Oh, and we call ourselves "supporters" too.

Robert said...

Is Obama the Messiah?



L'oiseau said...

Robert...creepy. Although, some people apparently think Bush is the messiah, since 26% of the country thinks he can do no wrong.

Robert said...

In all fairness, I think viewing someone as doing a "good job" in office is a hair different than viewing him as the Messiah. It's hard to say since I don't know the poll that you're citing nor the question being asked. ;) That being said, apparently Bush polls almost double the congressional approval rating... which is never talked about.

The Democrats have been in office for almost two years and since then things have only gotten worse. I remember their tough talk in 2006 about lowering Gas prices. Since then, they've just targeted "big oil" and complained about oil speculation. Any real solutions have been shoved off their desk so they can keep it as a political issue. No wonder their ratings are so low.

L'oiseau said...

Agreed, the Democratic Congress has not been good at all.