Obama Again Distorts His Own 2A Record
This time in Pennsylvania:
And campaigning Friday near Scranton, the Democrat was asked whether — as some foes keep insisting — he would take guns away if elected president. The Times’ Noam Levey was on the scene at a factory in Duryea, and he reported that Obama fiercely denied any such intention, and then explained his position:This from the guy who is on record:
“Here’s what I believe: that the 2nd Amendment is an individual right and it means something; that people have a right to bear arms.”
But Obama had some choice words for the National Rifle Assn., which plans to unleash a major ad campaign opposing him this fall:
“Their general attitude is . . . if you even breathe the word gun control or gun safety, then you must want to take away everybody’s guns. Well, that’s just not true.
FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun banHe was caught in a lie by FactCheck.org
Obama was being misleading when he denied that his handwriting had been on a document endorsing a state ban on the sale and possession of handguns in Illinois. Obama responded, “No, my writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns.”
Actually, Obama’s writing was on the 1996 document, which was filed when Obama was running for the Illinois state Senate. A Chicago nonprofit, Independent Voters of Illinois, had this question, and Obama took hard line:
35. Do you support state legislation to:
a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Yes.
b. ban assault weapons? Yes.
c. mandatory waiting periods and background checks? Yes.
Obama’s campaign said, “Sen. Obama didn’t fill out these state Senate questionnaires–a staffer did–and there are several answers that didn’t reflect his views then or now. He may have jotted some notes on the front page of the questionnaire, but some answers didn’t reflect his views.”
But wait! There’s more:
Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictionsBarack Obama: Change we don’t want!
Principles that Obama supports on gun issues:
*Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
* Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
* Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
Source: 1998 IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998