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This is for all of you who own guns, hunt, enjoy gun shows, or like to shoot targets.

 

No speculation, no opinions, just facts....

 

During the last 20 years, Kerry has:

  • Voted to allow airline pilots to carry firearms (vote 210 in 2002 on HR 5005).
  • Voted on nine separate occasions on issues directly related to banning semi-auto firearms. In 1990 he voted three times to support a ban on semi-autos. He was one of only 17 to vote for Howard Metzenbaum's amendment to S. 1970, that would have banned not only a list of specific firearms but would have banned any firearms similar to those specified. On two other occasions, Kerry voted to support Dennis DeConcini-sponsored legislation to ban nine specific firearms for three years.
  • In 1993 Kerry voted for the Dianne Feinstein-sponsored Clinton Gun Ban and further supported the passage of that legislation in 1994 by voting to support the Omnibus Crime bill on three key votes. Finally, in 2004 he voted to reauthorize the Clinton Gun Ban.
  • Kerry voted in 2004 to ban most center-fire rifle ammunition, including the most common rounds used by target shooters and hunters. Kerry voted in support of Ted Kennedy's amendment to S. 1805 that would have banned rifle ammunition capable of penetrating soft body armor. Congress has repeatedly rejected such a "performance-based" approach.
  • Kerry voted in 1985 to allow BATF to conduct unlimited warrant-less inspections of FFL holders. Well-documented and shocking BATF abuses of license holders were a primary reason the Firearms Owners' Protection Act was introduced in Congress and signed into law by President Reagan. Kerry was one of only 18 Senators to vote to allow such abuses—which Congressman John Dingell (D) called the acts of "jack-booted fascists"—to continue.
  • In 1993 Kerry was one of 30 Senators who supported an amendment to H.R. 2403 that would have increased the fee for a FFL by more than 37 times. The result of this amendment would have been to force many small or part-time firearms dealers out of business. This would have had a significant impact on both the availability and price of firearms particularly in rural areas of the nation.
  • Kerry voted twice to eliminate the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). In 1993 he voted in support of an amendment to eliminate its funding, and in 1996 he voted to abolish the CMP's successor, the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Safety, a federally chartered civilian marksmanship program.
  • In 1998 he voted against Larry Craig's amendment to S. 2260 that would have recognized that gun locks are not the only method to safely store a firearm by simply requiring the availability of gun locks, but would have left the choice of the best safety method to the individual gun buyer.
  • Kerry twice voted in 1999 to require that all gun sales at a gun show go through an FFL holder. That legislation would have allowed authorities up to three days to conduct the checks, threatening the operation of gun shows, which are typically two-day, weekend events. Kerry placed two additional votes supporting passage of this legislation.
  • Kerry voted in 1994 to close off 1,181,000 acres of California's Mojave Desert to hunting. He supported a proposal to designate tens of thousands of acres of the Mojave desert as a national park, where hunting would have been prohibited. He voted against a proposal to make the area a national monument which would have allowed hunting to continue.
  • In 1985 Kerry was one of only 26 Senators to support a Kennedy amendment to FOPA to continue the ban on the interstate sale of handguns to law-abiding Americans.
  • On two occasions, first in 1998 and again in 1999, Kerry voted to ban the importation of high- capacity magazines. On both occasions he voted to support a Feinstein amendment to block importation of magazines manufactured before the ban on these magazines was implemented in 1994. He also voted for the 1993 Crime Bill, that included the ban on these magazines.
  • Kerry voted in 1999 against an amendment to the Juvenile Justice bill that called for increased mandatory minimum and maximum penalties for the illegal transfer or use of a firearm. Instead of supporting this legislation that focused its impact on criminals, Kerry supported broad regulation of law-abiding gun buyers.
     
    In contrast, the year before Kerry voted to impose excessive penalties of a year in prison and a $10,000 fine on an adult if a juvenile gains access to their firearm, even by theft, and then merely displays it in a public place.
  • Kerry has consistently supported the imposition of a waiting period on gun purchases. In 1985 he voted to require a national 14-day wait. In 1991 he voted for a 7-day wait, and in 1992 he supported a 5- day wait. He also voted in 1993 to specifically allow the continuation of state waiting periods after the advent of the National Instant Check system (NICS), and he voted to strike the sunset of the federal waiting period after implementation of NICS. In all, Kerry voted 11 times to force law-abiding citizens to wait to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
  • Voted against the confirmation of John Ashcroft.
  • Voted to spend $15 million intended for housing programs on ineffective gun buy-back programs.
  • Voted to commend the Million Mom March in 2000 for their march on Washington that included calls for gun owner licensing, gun registration and other restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.
  • Kerry cosponsored legislation (S. 1431) that would ban every semi-automatic shotgun in America, including the Remington 11-87 that he proudly displayed at a campaign rally in West Virginia. S. 1431 bans Remington, Winchester, Beretta, Benelli, and other shotguns commonly used for hunting, trap, skeet, sporting clays, and self-defense. Bans them by banning their main component, called the "receiver" (sec. 2(a)(30)(J)), and bans them because they have "any characteristic that can function as a grip"(sec. 2(H)(ii) and (B)(42)).
  • Kerry has voted to hold the highly regulated American firearms industry legally responsible for the illegal acts of violent criminals.
  • Kerry has voted to criminalize legal sales between private individuals at gun shows.
  • Kerry has a 100% voting record with the Brady Campaign (formerly Handgun Control Inc.), a national gun-ban group.

Also... Kerry, unlike 56 of his fellow Senators, is not a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. With more than 300 members in the House and Senate, it is one of the largest Caucuses in the U.S. Congress, and is "open to Congressmen and Senators who are sportsmen or who support the concept of sustained use and wildlife management, even if they do not themselves take to the fields and waters to fish, hunt or trap."

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Well, there are alot of things in there that I dont agree with, but one thing that I do agree with is gun registration and licensing. That in my opinion just makes sense, Atleast having guns registered and licensed it is easier to find out where the gun came from, even lets say someone killed another person with a stolen gun. They would be able to keep a narrower search as to where this killer came from. Its unlikly that someone would go say 500 miles, steal a gun from some random house, its more likely the person who stole the gun would be within the area.

 

Another thing is I dont see the problem with a waiting period, except for gun / hunting shows. The idea is, If you plan on hunting this season, why wait till the very last day before hunting starts to get your new gun? I would think its kinda sketchy that someone absolutly needs a given gun, esp. a pistol right away at point of purchase.

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IMO, the waiting period should only apply to non-permitted/licensed people. Though waiting 3 days doesn't really bother me. 5 days? 7 days? 2 weeks? That’s getting a little ridiculous.

 

People that commit crimes with guns are usually non-permitted/licensed... and the guns are usually stolen.

 

I don't like the idea of someone keeping a list of all gun owners, but I also understand... however, gun registration only helps, if the person commits a crime with a registered weapon. With a little modification to a weapon, the registration is useless. This assumes that the gun used isn't pre-registration era, or purchased underground.

 

If someone is going to commit a crime, do they really care what the law is?

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True, they dont, and I do agree that 2 weeks is a bit ridiculous, and I also think that if someone has commited a large crime, such as a felony, felony under certain circumstances (obv. a caught computer hacker wouldnt apply) that they should not be permittied to legally own a gun.

Thats my opinion though.

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This is the reasons why he is running from his Senate record and the DNC screams "hate speech" when Bush or the RNC brings it up. It is also why his daughters in their DNC convention speech pointedly mentioned his wearing an orange hunting cap and why he talks about hunting (just like the "common man")

 

Of course, when he was going a little overboard in describing at a campaign speech about going deer hunting he went on about painting his face and getting on his belly crawling through the underbrush to sneak up on a deer. Which just goes to show he has no idea what he is talking about (you don't hunt deer by playing "commando" it doesn't work that way) or he is just the most retarded deer hunter in history. It all came off as disingenuous and phoney, so he moves on to something else.

 

His Senate record is his biggest stumbling block, it should be brought out often and clearly to allow the American people to see what this guy is really about.

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