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Not-lifelong-Republican John Lott addresses Obama’s gun rights record

By See-Dubya  •  August 30, 2008 09:30 AM

Obama knows he’s weak on guns. Real weak. He’s setting up a bunch of “lifelong Republicans” and astroturf Zumbos* like the American Hunters’ Arms Are For Hugging to vouch for him, but he’s not fooling anybody who doesn’t want to be fooled.

Least of all a former-liberal scholar named John Lott, who knows quite a bit about the social science of the Second Amendment and zeroes in on the candidate’s evasions:

A candidate questionnaire shows that Mr. Obama supported a ban on handguns in 1996. In 1998, he backed a ban on the sale of all semiautomatic guns (a ban that would encompass the vast majority of guns sold in the U.S.) In 2004, he advocated banning gun sales within five miles of a school or park (essentially a ban on all guns sold in almost all the states). Possibly, even more importantly, he served on the board of the Joyce Foundation, probably the largest private funder of anti-gun and pro-ban groups and research in the country.

The Obama campaign “flatly denied” the 1996 statement supporting a ban on handguns, blaming it instead on a staffer from his state senate race who they said had incorrectly filled out the candidate questionnaire. But the Politico obtained a copy of the statement and found Mr. Obama’s own handwritten notes on it indicating that he had personally checked and corrected answers.

Me, I’m waiting for the inevitable shooting-related Obama photo-op somewhere that will prove he’s really a common, well-grounded fellow who knows his breech from his muzzle. What will it be? Duck hunting? Skeet? Rimfire rifles with the Boy Scouts? Whatever it is, the photoshoppers are gearing up…

And whatever it is, I hope the injuries are minimal.

*haven’t heard the term “Zumbo”? Here you go.


UPDATE: Commenters are speculating on what that inevitable pro-2nd Amendment photo-op might look like. The See-Dubya graphics department offers this artist’s conception of Obama’s trip to the range, where he’s coached in the shooting sports by “a guy who lives in his neighborhood” named Bill Ayers.

See, you’ve got to dress just right to go shooting with Bill Ayers–and evoke exactly the right radical-chic image:

Dramatization--Obama at the range

Artist’s gleeful conception.

{Post by See-Dubya. Opinions are my own, the time was mine, and the computer was mine.}

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