RNC: Wrong on Second Amendment Rights

As Supreme Court Arguments Begin, Obama and Clinton Continue To Be Off Target With Their Anti-Gun Positions WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Republican National Committee...


Currently, Obama's Campaign Refuses To State His Position. "Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, said Mr. Obama 'believes the Second Amendment creates an individual right, and he greatly respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms.' 'He also believes that the Constitution permits state and local governments to adopt reasonable and common-sense gun safety measures,' she said, but would not elaborate on the whether the senator supports the D.C. gun ban." ( Gary Emerling , "Nation Awaits D.C. Handgun Ruling," The Washington Times, 3/17/08)

-- Asked About D.C.'s Gun Ban On The Campaign Trail, Obama Did Not Take A Stance. "[A]sked today about the DC handgun ban currently being reviewed by the US Supreme Court, Obama declined to take a position for or against its constitutionality ..." ( David Wright , Ursula Fahy and Sunlen Miller, "Obama: 'Common Sense Regulation' On Gun Owners' Rights," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, http://blogs.abcnews.com, 2/15/08)

NOTE: In The Past, Obama Has Expressed Support For The Ban. "Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional." ( James Oliphant and Michael J. Higgins, "Court To Hear Gun Case," Chicago Tribune, 11/20/07)

In The Past, Obama Has Advocated National Gun-Control Legislation, But Now Claims To Support Local Gun Laws:

Obama Has Called For National Gun-Control Legislation. "On the issue of prohibiting citizens from carrying concealed weapons, Obama said he believes national legislation should be passed to 'prevent other states' laws [allowing citizens to conceal their guns] from threatening the safety of Illinois residents." ( John Chase , "Keyes, Obama Are Far Apart On Guns," Chicago Tribune, 9/15/04)

-- Obama: "National legislation will prevent other states' flawed concealed-weapons laws from threatening the safety of Illinois residents." ( David Mendell , "Democratic Hopefuls Vary A Bit On Death Penalty," Chicago Tribune, 2/20/04)

Now, Obama Claims To Support Rights Of Local Jurisdictions To Make Gun Laws. "[A]sked today about the DC handgun ban currently being reviewed by the US Supreme Court, Obama ... did express broad support for the rights of local jurisdictions to make such decisions for themselves." ( David Wright , Ursula Fahy and Sunlen Miller, "Obama: 'Common Sense Regulation' On Gun Owners' Rights," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, http://blogs.abcnews.com, 2/15/08)

Obama: "The city of Chicago has gun laws, so does Washington, DC ... The notion that somehow local jurisdictions can't initiate gun safety laws to deal with gangbangers and random shootings on the street isn't born out by our Constitution." ( David Wright , Ursula Fahy and Sunlen Miller, "Obama: 'Common Sense Regulation' On Gun Owners' Rights," ABC News' "Political Radar" Blog, http://blogs.abcnews.com, 2/15/08)

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