This is a discussion on How do the current candidates stand on the 2nd Amendment? within the The Second Amendment & Gun Legislation Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Hopefully this hasn't been posted before and if it has, sorry, it can't hurt to see it again right? Here are the views of Obama, ...
Great post on the "big picture" of where the candidates stand
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Pretty clear choice for me...although it's not a 'happy' one (not much to pick from on other issues though)...
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It'd be easier if we could make choose not just one candidate, but a different one to be president of each category. like:
"president on 2a related stuff"
"president of the economy"
"president of making sure that I (individually) get a good retirement healthcare program and pension"
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Please do remember that these are "politicians" who tend to say what they think most voters want to hear. What they actually do once elected is often quite different then what they said. And this is true for all politicians, regardless of party. So, IMO, if they express even moderate gun control positions, you can almost bet the farm they are doing so to try to placate Second Amendment advocates like us. Once elected, we will face a very different scenario.
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The real gun rights contest will be in Congress.
And it looks pretty bleak.
Gun control is hitting what you aim at
Don't know a whole lot about Bob Barr, but as a Libertarian, he surley will have many of our wishes in common. So he will be another possibility. I saw an interview with him (Glen Beck maybe?) where it was estimated that he would get 3% of the vote. Ugh
The thing with him is though, the fact he is the 3rd party candidate puts him at a extreme disadvantage, regardless of his platform. This country is frozen in a 2-party system, and I think its not doing us any good. Ron Paul got some amazing financial support during the Rep. primary, but no one seemed to really take him serious or give any attention. I think the same will be true for Barr. He's making news with his announcement to run right now, but by the time the election rolls around, is anyone going to know who he is?? Some different options would be refreshing for this election.
Wait, I'm confused, what is McCain's position on "Assault Weapons"?
Opposes restrictions on assault weapons and ammunition typesSupports ban on certain assault weaponsVoted against Brady Bill & assault weapon ban
And what about banning/restricting firearms in general?
Ban cheap gunsRepeal existing gun restrictions
And what about gun show background checks?
for gun show checksVoted NO on background checks at gun shows
Yep, sounds like the kind of conservative we need in the White House.
I agree with pretty much all of you. It's going to be down to the lesser of 2 or 3 evils.
Wouldnt it be cool to actually vote for a candidate because you REALLY wanted to vote for them? It sometimes seems like a pseudo-democracy when you are always voting to keep someone out or voting for the "lesser evil" candidate. What a drag.