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Where Do They Stand

With 2012 fast approaching the, issue of the 2nd Amendment and gun rights has been on the back burner in the debates for the most part. Our nation has many issues of importance in the upcoming election and the winner of the presidency could have a big impact on our right of gun ownership. Where a candidate stands on one particular issue may not determine the way you vote but might tip the decision scale one way or the other.

Michele Bachmann– GOA grade  A

Michelle Bachmann has co-sponsored two pro-gun bills and supported two others while in Congress.

• S.1001: A bill to restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia (Mar 27, 2007: Co-sponsored by Bachmann. The bill was designed to overturn the gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington) • H.R. 197: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 (Jan6,2009;Bachmannsigned) • S. 845: Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 (April21,2009;Signed) • H.R. 126: Fairness in Firearm Testing Act (Jan 5, 2011; Co-Sponsored)

Bachmann also helped pass the Minnesota Personal Protection Act and legislation protecting gun ranges.

 

Rick Perry – GOA grade  A

Rick Perry has been an advocate of the 2nd Amendment on the state level for many years now. Perry served in the United States Air Force and holds a concealed carry permit. Perry is against any form of gun control, and believes the emphasis should instead be placed on education of the public on the reality of gun use and legislation.

That’s why as governor, I have been proud to sign many pieces of legislation supported by the state affiliate of the NRA. We have protected Texas shooting ranges from junk lawsuits that tried to shut them down for making too much noise. We passed a law that allowed Texans to possess a handgun in a recreational vehicle. And because the NRA has done such a tremendous job promoting safety with the Eddie Eagle Gun Safe program, I signed a law that requires visiting resource officers in public elementary schools to offer to teach the program at least once a year. We have also worked hard to strengthen our right to carry law because it is a good law that has made our people safer… In Texas, we believe that people should have the right to protect themselves whether they have called Texas home for years or are just visiting for a few days. In the past year alone, Texas has more than doubled the number of reciprocity agreements with other states that allow citizens from other states to legally carry a concealed weapon here in Texas as well as allowing Texans to carry away from home. I’m committed to ensuring we have as many concealed handgun reciprocity agreements as possible with other states. So far we have 18.

April 12, 2005, Perry speaking at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting, Houston

Perry drew both praise and criticism after an April 2010 jog when he shot and killed a coyote that was threatening his daughters Labrador retriever.

Mitt Romney –  GOA grade  D-

I believe we need to focus on enforcing our current laws rather than creating new laws that burden lawful gun owners. I believe in safe and responsible gun ownership and that anyone who exercises the right to keep and bear arms must do so lawfully and properly. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all federal approach to gun ownership because people keep and use firearms for different reasons. Law-abiding citizens have a right to protect their homes and their families and as President, I will vigorously defend that right. January 7, 2008, The Washington Post- Mitt Romney

Romney has seemed to reverse is stance on gun control from what it was early in his political career. Romney supported the Brady Bill and only two exemptions under Massachusetts’ strict gun laws:  One for handguns already licensed in the state prior to October 21, 1998, and one for “match-grade” pistols. Other than those two exemptions handguns must pass the states “safety” criteria and you must have one of two licenses to carry a gun and only the class “A” allows concealed carry. The class “B” allows one to transport an unloaded gun to and from hunting areas and shooting ranges.

READ:   Right To Bear Arms Wins In Ohio

 

Newt Gingrich GOA grade  C

Newt Gingrich has a mixed record on gun issues. Gingrich did not vote for the Brady Bill, but did give a nod to the criminal Safe Zones Act. Prior to 1994 Gingrich had earned an “A” rating with Gun Owners of America.

 As long as I am Speaker of this House, no gun control legislation is going to move in committee or on the floor of this House and there will be no further erosion of their rights.

The GOA rating quickly dropped to a “C”. Gingrich voted for the bill that included the Lautenberg Gun Ban. Gingrich said the Lautenberg Gun Ban was “a very reasonable position.” And refused to co-sponsor a repeal of the ban despite repeated requests.

Gingrich did however get a repeal of the Clinton Gun Ban passed through the House but it died in the Senate.

Ron Paul–  GOA grade  A+

Congressman Paul has long been on the side of the 2nd amendment. Introducing legislation to repeal the “Brady Bill” and the “Assault Weapons” Ban. Paul also authored legislation allowing pilots and specially trained law enforcement officers to carry weapons on airlines for protection of passengers. Paul introduced

H.R. 1096: Second Amendment Protection Act of 2007 to Congress.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to restore the right the founding fathers saw as the guarantee of every other right by introducing the Second Amendment Protection Act. This legislation reverses the steady erosion of the right to keep and bear arms by repealing unconstitutional laws that allow power-hungry federal bureaucrats to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

Specifically, my legislation repeals the five-day waiting period and the “instant” background check, which enables the federal government to compile a database of every gun owner in America. My legislation also repeals the misnamed ban on “semi-automatic” weapons, which bans entire class of firearms for no conceivable reason beside the desire of demagogic politicians to appear tough on crime.

Finally, my bill amends the Gun Control Act of 1968 by deleting the “sporting purposes” test, which allows the Treasury Secretary to infringe on second amendment rights by classifying a firearm (handgun, rifle, shotgun) as a “destructive device” simply because the Secretary believes the gun to be “non-sporting.” January 9, 2003, US House of Representatives

Ron Paul has stood firm on all 2nd Amendment issues since the beginning.

 

Rick Santorum – GOA grade  B-

Rick Santorum is a defender of gun owners and gun manufacturers alike. Santorum voted in favor of 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which prevents civil suits from being brought against gun manufacturers when their products are used in a criminal act.

Santorum is a lifetime NRA member and compared America’s gun owners as the “canary in the mineshaft” describing gun owners as the first victims of an ever encroaching government that is now targeting other liberties as well.

 

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For those of you that own firearms, train hard and well and teach those that do not know how. Be good stewards of the right to bear arms, for we are the last line of defense against tyranny.

 

-Benjamin Wallace

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11 comments

  1. While GOA isn’t the only group offering information on the gun control positions of the candidates, it should be one more input into the voting decision of every gun owner.

    If you want to share your hunting and shooting experiences with your children and grandchildren, make sure the second amendment is a wedge issue for you.

    • REPEAL THE LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT

      WE SHOULD ALL BE AWARE AND VIGILANT FOR OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

      WE SHOULD NEVER ELECT ANYONE WHO TRIES TO STEAL THEM AWAY

      RON PAUL HAS DONE IRREPAIRABLE DAMAGES TO US BY SIGNING THE LAUTENBERG AMEND. FOR A MINOR MISDEMEANOR/ FELONS CAN BE PARDONED, BUT NOT MISDEMEANORS, THAT JUST SHOWS ALL OF THE IDIOTS ARE OUT OF TOUCH, FOLLOW THE LEADER MENTALITY.

  2. Could not agree more Richard. One of the nice things about GOA is they give each one a letter score on how the candidate stands for the 2nd Amendment. Makes it easy to see what they have done on the subject of guns and gun control.

    Unfortunatley some of us forget to look closer at the candidates. If they are willing to sacrifice some of our freedoms on the right to bear arms, what freedom will they sacrifice on next.?

  3. I think that more changes and more gun laws takes away our rights. I am stocking up now while I still can and have the right to bear arms I get mine from http://discountgunsonline.com/

    • A good plan. I, and many of my friends have made 2012 the year we focus on building up our gun safes. I’ve added 2 already and it’s only January. I have plans to buy at least 4 more plus some additional uppers for my AR.

      The second amendment exists for a reason. Exercise it or lose it.

      • Your last line says it all. The reason we have the unjust gun laws that we do is because so many Americans have not exercised their 2nd Amendment rights and so many do not realize that the 2nd Amendment is what gives our Constitution it’s teeth. Our founding fathers knew that the day may come that the government could become tyrannical and armed citizens are the answer to ending tyranny.

  4. Like I say, “you can never have too many guns”.

  5. Wardaddy Free Republic

    Newt did NOT vote for the Brady Bill…look it up. You are posting non factual info on your blog.

    He did vote for the Lautenberg Amendment on Domestic Violence Convictions..yes..and deserves to get slapped for that…along with a number of other GOP.

    • Thanks for catching the mistake. We’ve corrected the error.

    • Thanks Wardaddy,you are correct. Gingrich did not vote for the Brady Bill,in fact he voted against it. That was an error on my part. I apologize for the error and will do my best to make such mistakes don’t make it in to any other article.

    • REPEAL THE LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!!!!! THAT ONE “LAW” HAS ENPOWERED THE GUN GRABBERS SO MUCH, THAT WAS JUST A WAY TO TAKE AWAY OUR GUN RIGHTS , AND TO CAMO IT FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY TO APPLAUDE THESE IDIOTS.

      I WILL VOTE FOR ANY PERSON RUNNING FRO PREZ. THAT PROMISE TO REPEAL/ AMEND IT TO THE CORRECT STATUS/FELONY D.V., NOT TO A SIMPLE MISDEMEANOR, WHERE THE SPOUSE DOES NOT NEED MEDICAL/COUNSELING , ETC.

      I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO VOTE FOR RON PAUL, BUT HE TOO HAS THE FOLLOW ME, I’M P.C.

      THANK GOD FOR ALL OF YOU THAT STAND UP FOR OUR GUN RIGHTS/ THEY WILL SOON BE A HISTORY LESSON, AND KIDS CAN ASK US WHY WE LET “THEM” TAKE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS . IN THIS DAY AND AGE, EVEN A BLIND MAN CAN SEE WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN IN THIS DEBT-RIDDEN/TYRANT CONTROLLED COUNTRY WE LIVE IN. THANK GOD FOR GUNS, AND BROTHERS LIKE YOU, FOR WE ARE ALL BROTHERS-IN-ARMS!!!!

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