Monday, April 07, 2008

In Pa, Obama's latest on guns

It was just a few days ago, Apr. 3 to be exact, that Amanda Carpenter at reported - - -

Barack Obama is embracing anti-gun policies in the run-up to a Democratic presidential debate scheduled on the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings.

“I am not in favor of concealed weapons,” Obama told the Pittsburgh Tribune. “I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations.”

These remarks break from Obama’s previous moderate rhetoric on gun control.

While campaigning in Idaho in February, Obama promised, “I have no intention of taking away folks’ guns.”

Obama elaborated later that month in a political forum sponsored by ABC News and the Politico.

He said: “I think it's important for us to recognize that we've got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets. And cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure that I think respects the Second Amendment and people's traditions."

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.(emphasis added)

The rest of Carpenter's report is here.

But wait!

Obama is the CHANGE candidate. Remember?

That no doubt explains why we read today at Politico: - - -

Barack Obama did not hunt or fish as a child. He lives in a big city. And as an Illinois state legislator and a U.S. senator, he consistently backed gun control legislation.

But he is nevertheless making a play for pro-gun voters in rural Pennsylvania.

By highlighting his background in constitutional law and downplaying his voting record, Obama is engaging in a quiet but targeted drive to win over an important constituency that on the surface might seem hostile to his views.

The need to craft a strategy aimed at pro-gun voters underscores the potency of the issue in Pennsylvania, which claims one of the nation’s highest per capita membership rates in the National Rifle Association.

It also could provide clues as to whether Obama, as one of the Senate’s more liberal members, can position himself as an acceptable choice to a conservative-minded demographic in later primary contests and in the general election. ...

Carpenter's entire report is here; Politico's report today is here.

Which Obama position do you prefer?

And did you know he was such a quick CHANGE candidate?


Anonymous said...

If there is one issue that will backfire on any politician running for national office, it's pushing for more gun control. Stirring up NRA members is never a good idea, but it looks like Mr. Obama is doing just that. Most NRA members were luke-warm to McCain, but now he can safely count on their votes. Mr. Obama will regret his folly.

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Anonymous said...

Michelle Obama is in North Carolina today campaigning for her husband.

Anonymous said...

Just tell 'em what you think they want to hear, just like any other politician.

Anonymous said...

John -

I would suggest looking at Juan Williams' column in the April 4 Wall Street Journal, title "Obama and King." You can find it at:

Juan Williams is not exactly a conservative, but the column is deeply critical of Obama. Williams' criticisms and and Obama's flip-flops just confirm what I said in a previous comment, Obama has become a master bait and switch artist a la John Kerry. First I was for it, and then I'm against it.

While I don't like everything John McCain has done, and I anticipate will do, what I like about him is his honesty. What you see is what you get. Can't say that about Obama or Clinton (either one).

Jack in Silver Spring