The Presidential Candidates On Gun Control

A look at some of the presidential candidates' positions on gun control:

-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY: Voted for ban on assault-type weapons and to require background checks at gun shows. Calls for renewing the ban, which expired in 2004. Favored leaving gun-makers and dealers open to civil suits. In 2000, supported proposals for a federal requirement for state-issued photo gun licenses, as well as a national registry for handgun sales.

-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.: Voted to leave gun-makers and dealers open to suit. Also, as Illinois state lawmaker, supported ban on semiautomatic weapons and tighter state restrictions generally on firearms.

-Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.: Voted against ban on assault-type weapons but in favor of requiring background checks at gun shows. Voted to shield gun-makers and dealers from civil suits. "I believe the Second Amendment ought to be preserved - which means no gun control."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by David Location: Russell Springs Ky. on Apr 15, 2008 at 03:26 PM
    When the government takes the guns out of the hands of the law abideing man in this country. Only theifs, thugs, murderers, and your basic outlaw will have guns. I for one will become a criminal because i will never give up my gun, there are too many guns out there today that all of them can not be tracked, Further more , if a criminal wants a gun , they will get one at any cost no matter what it takes. They will be faster to use a firearm also, Background checks are fine, but why ban all semi autos from everyone when the government cant even keep them out of the hands of the convicted felons, and all the repeat offenders, The comon man is the easiest target for the government. For all those who want a ban on guns, Let your home get broke into by an armed criminal or drug crazed person with a gun who has no reguard for your life or anyone elses and look at him and say stop or i will call the police and see what happens, confront them with equal,or greater firepower, and you may live.
  • by David Location: Winchester on Apr 15, 2008 at 11:15 AM
    Sens. Obama and Clinton don't want us to have guns. Sen. McCain recognizes and supports our right to own them. No question on the way I will vote there. By the way that Sens. Obama and Clinton lean, I should be able to sue Stanley Tools because I smashed my finger with their hammer while driving a nail. A gun is a tool. By itself, it is an inanimate object, and cannot hurt anyone. Put it in the hands of a person with malicious intent, and it becomes an instrument of terror. The same can be said for a hammer, a steak knife, or any number of tools. Why should manufacturers be held liable for what their product is used for by evil people? Point blank, no gun pun intended, I feel that Sens. Obama and Clinton support bans on all weapons because they want to weaken the populace and make us depend on the government for everything. I support background checks and restrictions on automatic weapons (no one needs an M-60 for home protection) but to ban semi-auto weapons goes too far.

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