[Guest post by See-Dubya]
This is inauspicious timing for Obama, and represents an unforced error by Democratic ideologues. Concealed carry laws have been a huge success. But Amanda Carpenter noticed that Barack Obama is not interested in results, he’s interested in keeping his liberal base happy:
Obama’s tough talk on gun control may be prompted by Philadelphia-based Democratic leaders who are pressuring Clinton and Obama to adopt harder stances on gun control. This issue is expected to come up in ABC News’ Democratic debate on April 16 in Philadelphia. 32 people were shot to death on the campus of Virginia Tech by Seung-Hui Cho April 16, 2007.
Obama’s new hardline liberal position differs from his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and GOP candidate John McCain, who both are for concealed-carry.
Here’s his explanation to a Pittsburgh paper yesterday:
Rather than create a national registry, “I do think we have to do a better job sharing information between local and federal officials,” Obama said yesterday. He differs with McCain and Clinton about whether people should be allowed to carry concealed guns. Clinton and McCain oppose outlawing it.
“I am not in favor of concealed weapons,” Obama said. “I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations.”
Don’t get too excited, friends, because there’s some stuff a little farther down that article about McCain. Among them:
That time he spent out of step with the nation’s gun lobby concerns Stolfer, 53, of South Fayette, who said McCain’s campaign finance reform bill nearly banned the group he leads, Firearm Owners Against Crime, from advertising in political campaigns.
“He’s got some things to account for,” said Stolfer, a firearms instructor and former Marine. “We’ve tried to contact the campaign, and they’ve basically said, ‘Don’t call us. We’ll call you.’ ”
This sounds like a good opportunity for McCain to pick up the phone and reassure conservatives it’s worth showing up in November.
P.S. It’s one of many odd and inconsistent things you have to believe as a doctrinaire leftist these days:
A: The police are evil, racist, and fascist, but
B: Individuals cannot be trusted to protect themselves, either.
P.P.S. Amanda and Captain Ed will be on CNN at 8:00 PM Eastern. I hope this comes up!
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