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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Christian Science Monitor Comparison of Romney, Obama on Firearm Rights

On Sunday, The Christian Science Monitor had this comparison of Romney's and Obama's stands on firearm related issues.  While I did chuckle at the CSM's choice of Obama's photo (below),

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saying the two candidates have similar stands, and pointing to the fact that the only gun related actions Obama has taken expanded gun owner rights (carrying in national parks and transporting in checked luggage on Amtrak trains as is allowed on airplanes), misses the mark. Both of those measures were attached to legislation Obama wanted more than he did not want the gun related amendments.

The CSM did not mention that the administration is collecting data on multiple sales of long guns along the southern border in violation of the law, nor did they mention that he has appointed two very anti-rights justices to the Supreme Court.

While Romney is not perfect, he has more than once spoken to the largest gathering of gun owners in the nation (NRA Celebration of American Values Forum in 2007 and the NRA Annual Meetings in 2008, 2009 and 2012).  Obama on the other hand repeatedly singles out modern sporting rifles as one of the types of firearms he would like to ban.  Just because he has not attempted to do anything in his first term legislatively, given his penchant for ruling by executive fiat of late, does anyone believe that an Obama unfettered by re-election would not resort to doing the same on the gun issue?

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