For Gun Owners That Can't Quite Decide Who To Vote For Tuesday


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halvey
November 1, 2004, 09:15 AM
Good read and something to think about...

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For Gun Owners That Can't Quite Decide Who To Vote For Tuesday

This is the column that, to my pleasure, appeared before the
election. You can also find it here on the Shotgun News web
site. If you know a gun ownership who doesn't know who to vote for on
Tuesday, or doesn't see any reason to vote for Bush over Kerry
or some third partycandidate, have them read this.

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After The Election

By Clayton E. Cramer

By the time you read this, the election will be over. Either

Bush will have won, Kerry will have won--or lawyers will trying

to repeat the 2000 Florida disaster.



I hope that Bush will have won by a sufficiently large margin

that Kerry accepts the loss, and concedes on Election Night. But

as I write these words, I find myself increasingly worried that

Kerry might win.

The news media are pulling out all the stops to elect Kerry:

misrepresenting the final report of the Iraqi Survey Group on

WMDs; reporting news based on 1973 Air National Guard memos that

were produced on a modern computer; soft-pedaling the really

astonishing level of violence that Bush campaign offices are

suffering from drive-by shootings, from screaming demonstrators

forcing entry, and other forms of intimidation.

We have won a great victory in September, with the expiration

of the federal assault weapons law. If, as you read these words,

the news media are filled with coverage about "President-elect

Kerry," you can be sure that a new, much more extreme version

of the assault weapons law will be introduced into Congress.



When President Bush took office in 2001, the federal government

stopped assisting ambulance-chasers in suing the gun industry

for "negligent marketing." (Negligent marketing means that gun

manufacturers were obeying all laws concerning making and

selling guns, but federal and state authorities were failing

to enforce existing laws.) You can be sure that President Kerry

will resume that assistance. Remember: one of America's

most successful trial lawyers will be Vice President John

Edwards.



If John Kerry is preparing his inaugural address as you read

this column, remember that you can blame a lot of gun owners.

John Kerry made it very clear throughout his time in the U.S.

Senate which side he was on, and it wasn't our side.



A lot of American gun owners were taken in by Kerry's photo-ops

with a shotgun, and did not pay attention to his voting history. If you are

one of the gun owners who voted for John Kerry a few days ago,

let's just say that gun ownership wasn't near the top of your

list of priorities. If it was, you weren't paying attention.



Or maybe you said, "I don't want to get called for jury duty."

Sorry, but that won't fly.



Many states now use driver's license information to call

jurors. Would you rather spend two weeks on jury duty every few

years, or lose the right to own a gun?



"There's no real difference, anyway." I suppose to a blind

person, there's no real difference between red and blue. This

election has given us a very clear difference-even more clear-cut

than the 2000 election, where Gore's history on gun control was

disappointing, but he had in the past been on our side.



Kerry has never been on our side. If you don't want to invest

the time to follow politics (and many people would prefer not to

do so), you could at least see what gun rights groups such as

the NRA or Gun Owners of America had to say about the candidates.



There is one group of gun owners that I am especially upset with

--and those are the self-righteous gun rights purists, who

complained that Bush wasn't pure enough. They insisted that

because Bush agreed to sign a renewal of the federal assault

weapons ban, they could not vote for him.



If the choice a few days ago had been between George Bush and a

wishy-washy Democrat, I could understand the purists who voted

Libertarian or did not vote for President at all.



But that wasn't the situation this election day. John Kerry was

clearly our enemy. President Bush appointed an Attorney General

who has defended the Second Amendment as an individual right.

Do you think Attorney General Ashcroft made a decision like that without consulting President

Bush?

If a federal assault weapons ban had made it to the Oval Office,

and Bush had signed it, I could understand the purist disdain

for Bush. But it didn't happen, because George Bush and House

Republicans did an incredibly sly job of making sure that no

assault weapon ban came to his desk. This largely defused the

assault weapon issue as part of the campaign.



If you are one of those gun rights purists who did not vote for

President Bush this year--and are now cringing at the prospect

of what President Kerry is going to do to your gun rights--I

sure hope that you learned your lesson. The rest of us are

going to have four years to repent for your decision.

posted by Clayton Cramer on October 29, 2004.

http://www.claytoncramer.com/weblog/2004_10_24_archive.html#109902573234380731

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ACP230
November 1, 2004, 02:02 PM
On top of all that, John Kerry is one of the biggest phonies ever to run for President.
IMO the only authentic thing he does is marry rich women.

tfurey19
November 2, 2004, 08:59 AM
With all due respect... if you don't know who to vote for right now as a gun owner you're a damn idiot.

Vote now or go to prison later.

Mulliga
November 2, 2004, 09:14 AM
I voted for Bush (battleground state) but I can't wait until this election is over. :barf:

halvey
November 2, 2004, 09:30 AM
With all due respect... if you don't know who to vote for right now as a gun owner you're a damn idiot. It'll be interesting to see how many gun owners vote blue.

Augustwest
November 2, 2004, 10:03 AM
With all due respect... if you don't know who to vote for right now as a gun owner you're a damn idiot.

Now that's the high road. :rolleyes:

If guns were the only thing that mattered to me, I'd have voted for Bush.

But liberty matters to me. The whole Bill of Rights matters to me. A vote for either Bush or Kerry is a vote for a socialist freedom thief.

Knowing that I voted my conscience today somehow soothes the incredible pain of being a "damn idiot" in the eyes of someone on an internet message board.

telomerase
November 2, 2004, 09:33 PM
If guns were the only thing that mattered to me, I'd have voted for Bush.

Oh, the President that continues to block most airline pilots from arming themselves? If Bush wins this election, he'll support more gun control. So will Kerry, of course... I think the recent South Park episode on elections summed up the major-party choices.

Zark-9
November 2, 2004, 10:24 PM
??????????????

(FADE TO PICTURE OF SEN. KERRY IN THE FIELD PRETENDING TO HUNT WITH SEMI-AUTO SHOTGUN HE WOULD VOTE TO BAN ...finger on trigger)

Its not about the only thing that matters. Its about whats the most important thing that matters ...that thing which defines all else.

You can't choose your relatives or your presidential candidate, ... you gotta live with them you got.

halvey
November 3, 2004, 08:00 AM
I think the recent South Park episode on elections summed up the major-party choices. I look to South Park, King of the Hill and the Simpsons for my political information.:)

Silent-Snail
November 3, 2004, 09:47 AM
You aint the only one:evil:

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