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  • He has said a whole bunch of times that he is not going to take away anyone's guns. As long as you have a license, you're cool.
  • I doubt it, even if he tried. How much of our military is in foreign countries? How many citizens own guns? There would be revolution, if he wasn't assassinated outright.
  • Who knows, maybe if there are a few more national tragedies or well-publicized school shootings. Then again, the Virginia Tech massacre faded from the public consciousness fairly quickly.
  • I don't believe he is planning on doing that. Taking away illegal guns and such, but not the ability to own a gun. Chill.
  • if obama is elected, you won't believe how much america will resemble france, and even cuba
  • He has said one thing and done another on this issue several times. Look at his voting record and his own words on the issue. I know what I see is a man who wants my rights diminished, and who doesn't give a rip about the Constitution. Read it for yourself: His votes: * Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008) * FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008) * Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok. (Feb 2008) * Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing. (Jan 2008) * 2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007) * Concealed carry OK for retired police officers. (Aug 2007) * Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities. (Jul 2007) * Keep guns out of inner cities--but also problem of morality. (Oct 2006) * Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004) * Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998) * Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005) Here is the explanation in his own words: Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws Q: Is the D.C. law prohibiting ownership of handguns consistent with an individual's right to bear arms? A: As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private property but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it. Q: But do you still favor the registration & licensing of guns? A: I think we can provide common-sense approaches to the issue of illegal guns that are ending up on the streets. We can make sure that criminals don't have guns in their hands. We can make certain that those who are mentally deranged are not getting a hold of handguns. We can trace guns that have been used in crimes to unscrupulous gun dealers that may be selling to straw purchasers and dumping them on the streets. Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary Apr 16, 2008 FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban 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." Source: FactCheck.org analysis of 2008 Philadelphia primary debate Apr 16, 2008 Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok Q: You said recently, "I have no intention of taking away folks' guns." But you support the D.C. handgun ban, and you've said that it's constitutional. How do you reconcile those two positions? A: Because I think we have two conflicting traditions in this country. I think it's important for us to recognize that we've got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets. And cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure that I think respect the Second Amendment and people's traditions. Source: 2008 Politico pre-Potomac Primary interview Feb 11, 2008 Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing Q: When you were in the state senate, you talked about licensing and registering gun owners. Would you do that as president? A: I don't think that we can get that done. But what we can do is to provide just some common-sense enforcement. The efforts by law enforcement to obtain the information required to trace back guns that have been used in crimes to unscrupulous gun dealers. As president, I intend to make it happen. We essentially have two realities, when it comes to guns, in this country. You've got the tradition of lawful gun ownership. It is very important for many Americans to be able to hunt, fish, take their kids out, teach them how to shoot. Then you've got the reality of 34 Chicago public school students who get shot down on the streets of Chicago. We can reconcile those two realities by making sure the Second Amendment is respected and that people are able to lawfully own guns, but that we also start cracking down on the kinds of abuses of firearms that we see on the streets. Source: 2008 Democratic debate in Las Vegas Jan 15, 2008 2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month Obama sought moderate gun control measures, such as a 2000 bill he cosponsored to limit handgun purchases to one per month (it did not pass). He voted against letting people violate local weapons bans in cases of self-defense, but also voted in2004 to let retired police officers carry concealed handguns. Source: The Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson, p.148 Oct 30, 2007 Concealed carry OK for retired police officers Obama voted for a bill in the Illinois senate that allowed retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons. If there was any issue on which Obama rarely deviated, it was gun control. He was the most strident candidate when it came to enforcin and expanding gun control laws. So this vote jumped out as inconsistent. When I queried him about the vote, he said, "I didn't find that [vote] surprising. I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry. This was a narrow exception in an exceptional circumstance where a retired police officer might find himself vulnerable as a consequence of the work he has previously done--and had been trained extensively in the proper use of firearms." It wasn't until a few weeks later that another theory came forward about the uncharacteristic vote. Obama was battling with his GOP opponent to win the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. Source: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell, p.250-251 Aug 14, 2007 Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities Q: How would you address gun violence that continues to be the #1 cause of death among African-American men? A: You know, when the massacre happened at Virginia Tech, I think all of us were grief stricken and shocked by the carnage. But in this year alone, in Chicago, we've had 34 Chicago public school students gunned down and killed. And for the most part, there has been silence. We know what to do. We've got to enforce the gun laws that are on the books. We've got to make sure that unscrupulous gun dealers aren't loading up vans and dumping guns in our communities, because we know they're not made in our communities. There aren't any gun manufacturers here, right here in the middle of Detroit. But what we also have to do is to make sure that we change our politics so that we care just as much about those 30-some children in Chicago who've been shot as we do the children in Virginia Tech. That's a mindset that we have to have in the White House and we don't have it right now. Source: 2007 NAACP Presidential Primary Forum Jul 12, 2007 Keep guns out of inner cities--but also problem of morality I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities, and that our leaders must say so in the face of the gun manfuacturer's lobby. But I also believe that when a gangbanger shoots indiscriminately into a crowd because he feels someone disrespected him, we have a problem of morality. Not only do ew need to punish thatman for his crime, but we need to acknowledge that there's a hole in his heart, one that government programs alone may not be able to repair. Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.215 Oct 1, 2006 Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban KEYES: [to Obama]: I am a strong believer in the second amendment. The gun control mentality is ruthlessly absurd. It suggests that we should pass a law that prevents law abiding citizens from carrying weapons. You end up with a situation where the crook have all the guns and the law abiding citizens cannot defend themselves. I guess that's good enough for Senator Obama who voted against the bill that would have allowed homeowners to defend themselves if their homes were broken into. OBAMA: Let's be honest. Mr. Keyes does not believe in common gun control measures like the assault weapons bill. Mr. Keyes does not believe in any limits from what I can tell with respect to the possession of guns, including assault weapons that have only one purpose, to kill people. I think it is a scandal that this president did not authorize a renewal of the assault weapons ban. Source: Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes Oct 21, 2004 Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions * 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 Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others. Voting YES would: * Exempt lawsuits brought against individuals who knowingly transfer a firearm that will be used to commit a violent or drug-trafficking crime * Exempt lawsuits against actions that result in death, physical injury or property damage due solely to a product defect * Call for the dismissal of all qualified civil liability actions pending on the date of enactment by the court in which the action was brought * Prohibit the manufacture, import, sale or delivery of armor piercing ammunition, and sets a minimum prison term of 15 years for violations * Require all licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers who engage in the transfer of handguns to provide secure gun storage or safety devices Reference: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act; Bill S 397 ; vote number 2005-219 on Jul 29, 2005
  • He cannot do so. In order to change the constitution it would take an amendment ratified by 2/3 of the states.
  • If Bush has been able to use the Constitution as toilet paper, anybody else can do anything they want with it. The gun issue should be the last our problems
  • He wants gun control, not a ban. Why do people need automatic guns who are not military? They don't. Why do you need to buy many guns a month? You don't. You can't get rid off all guns, or make no criminals get it, but he wants to make it harder for them. As long as you are a law obiding citizen, don't have felonies, and are willing to get a permit(depending on where you live) you have nothing to worry. If you aren't you are somene who doesn't need a gun anyways.
  • Very likely they will try.
  • I hope they can,but feel it is unlikely,and it is not a thing that the Democrats would do.The 2nd amendment was written in different times and times have changed and the need to own a gun have changed also.The nation was lawless in 1776 but not now.
  • The only way the government will take MY guns is out of my cold dead hands...
  • I would love to see them come and try to take my guns.
  • The only guns he could take away are guns that are unnessesary, like assult rifles, magnums, semi autos, and certain handguns. These weapons surpass the need of self defense and are therefore unnessesary. I mean do any of us really NEED an assult rifle in our basement?
  • He can try and I believe he will. No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. ---Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776. They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ---Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759. To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws. ---John Adams, A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States 475 (1787-1788) Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive. ---Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787). http://www.guncite.com/2ndlawlib.html
  • You mean I need a licence to have the 2 rifles that my mother & father owned and gave to me as a gift on Christmas the year before my mother passed away ??? The rifle was given to my father in 1944 and the other my mother bought in New Mexico in 1958. I will not give them up to no one while I can still breath.
  • It's not likely he and or congress could ever revoke your 2nd admendment priviledge , but a liberal Supreme Court may serve to use their own interpretation of the 2nd amend. by imposing strict limitations on your right to posess firearms . 0bama is for totally disarming the population . So vote carefully for your future . People kill ,,, not baseball bats , knives , lead pipes , ice picks , monkey wrenckes , tire irons or guns etc . Our problem is with how we deal with murderers and people who use any deadly weapon , not the weapons they choose to use . God Bless America .
  • From a practical standpoint, it is unlikely that Obama, with or without a Democratic-controlled legislature, could "take away" our guns. Also, I don't believe the first 10 amendments can be "revoked", they're called the Bill of Rights. But a determined president, supported by a determined legislature, could severely curtail the ownership and use of private firearms. Would Obama do this? I suspect his priorities will be elsewhere during the first few years of his presidency. What about later? There is no question that McCain would be a better supporter of "gun rights" than would Obama. What I personally would like to see would be a legitimate and honest dialogue begin between gun owners and those who want outright bans on gun ownership.
  • I think he can take away our guns and will... semi auto gun our 90% of our hand guns people HELLO!!
  • Why shouldn't he? Unless you hunt, I really don't see any reason for a normal citizen to own a gun. You can use the argument that you need to protect yourself but if the gun laws were restricted there would be less people with weapons for you to protect yourself from. I am sure there are many people that own guns and never have any intention of using them on another person but isn't it better to take preventative measures than have someone you love be killed or injured by a weapon that you argued to have the right to bear? Yes it is people who kill people, but lets not make it easier for those people to succeed.
  • He doesn't have enough of a majority to amend the Constitution without serious support from both sides. I'd be more concerned about the judges he'll appoint, and the attempts they'll make to legislate from the bench.
  • Obama has already said, in a moment that he believed was "off the record" that he feels that gun ownership itself is a symptom of psychosis. If one is determined to be psychotic-no-merely suspected or ACCUSED of being psychotic, their guns are automatically confiscated. This already happens folks. The 2nd Amendment will remain as words on paper, but the practical reality is that many will have their freedom infringed upon, and they will have to convince an unsympathetic Obama Justice Dept. that they are mentally fit. The lawyers will get rich, and Obama will have his way.
  • I think he will want to but i dont think congres will be so stupid to allow it. even a ban on concealed carry wont fly i think. look with the threat of terrorism and those illegaly owning and carrying guns, banning concealed carry would start a war here. more control actually puts more guns in criminals hands now there is a bigger market. law abiding citazines MUST be able to deffened themselves and their families at the mall and at home. i swar to deffend the constitution against ALL enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC and by God i will do just that. I will not find myself in a possition were i say to myself "if i only had my pistal, my wife or kids or yours would still be alive"
  • I think they will try, as well as many other radical socialist things on their agenda. the only thing we have standing between their insanity and our freedom now is the supreme court.
  • its just a scare tactic to cause people to buy more guns.
  • No, but hell make it very difficult to purchase or own a gun.
  • no, he's really not interested.
  • it would be political suicide for obama, or anyone else, to even suggest repealing the second amendment. it would take a 2/3 majority in BOTH the house and the senate and then have to be ratified by popular vote in 38 states. it would be political suicide for obama, or anyone else, to even suggest repealing the second amendment. he's not interested.
  • There's no question that Obama is generally hostile to the right to bear arms. How far he will go with restrictions on our freedom depend on what Congress (and to some extent the American people) will allow him to do. I expect that he will renew the Clinton ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and limit magazine capacity. I also believe he will outlaw private sales at gun shows. Beyond that, I'm not sure because there are bigger issues for him to tackle right now. The real danger with liberals like Obama is that he will appoint justices to the supreme court that could potentially do damage to our second amendment rights for decades after he is gone.
  • Isn't that the last line in the Communist Rules for Revolution, which everyone keeps denying is real but is proving to be an exact outline of what is going on in full there in the good ol' US of A? Obama is not black to me or a truthful person. The politrics side show is for idiots who never heard J.Stalins speeches. Voting in America is hillarious & so far from what u think. Obama is a puppet doing Brezinskis dirty work with a semi-black face to give a false sense of hope for change. Osara
  • I don't know. Who said he WANTED to?
  • You're f****d! First he will take all your guns, then all your women, finally he will drink all your beer!
  • If he tries to do that, he will have major problems that he doesn't want on his hands. The millions of gun owners in America will not give up their guns just because some clown says so. That will be his biggest mistake ever, and he knows it.

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