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GOP Slams Obama on Guns, Obama Counterpunches

As John McCain addressed the National Rifle Association on Friday, the Republican National Committee released a Web-only video critical of Barack Obama's record on guns.

The video says in part that:

In 2004, he voted against legislation drafted to protect homeowners from prosecution in cases where they used a firearm to halt a home invasion. In 2003, he voted in support of legislation that would have effectively banned most of the privately held hunting shotguns, target rifles, and black powder rifles in Illinois.

The NRA, and some members of the GOP, are not happy about Obama's recent comments about some Americans who are "bitter" and "cling" to guns or religion.

"We should be bitter that these elitist hypocritical snobs try to play us for a bunch of fools," NRA lobbyist Chris Cox said on Saturday.

And McCain mocked Obama's comments on Friday:

"The Second Amendment isn't some archaic custom that matters only to rural Americans who find solace in firearms out of frustration with their economic circumstances," McCain said.

Obama responded to the NRA and McCain at a stop in South Dakota on Friday. According to the Boston Globe, Obama said:

All I can do is describe to the voters what I believe and what I think. And what I believe is that there is a Second Amendment right. I think it is an individual right. I think people have the right to lawfully bear arms.
I do believe that there is nothing inconsistent with also saying that we can institute some common-sense gun laws so that we don't have kids being shot on the streets of cities like Chicago, that we can institute strong background checks, that we can trace guns back to potential unscrupulous gun dealers who have pedaled them to people that shouldn't be getting them. You know, those are laws that I think the majority of Americans believe in.

On Sunday Obama's campaign accused McCain of pandering to the NRA.

"Senator McCain continued a pattern we have seen since he started running for President last year - trading his principles for the Republican nomination," said Obama's Kentucky campaign director, Carolyn Tandy . "The 2000 version of John McCain stood up to the NRA, saying that they shouldn't play a major policymaking role in the Republican Party. But the 2008 version of McCain is more concerned with playing election-year politics."

Read all of Obama's issue statements that were submitted to washingtonpost.com earlier this year.

Read McCain's issue statements.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  May 18, 2008; 3:57 PM ET Barack Obama
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wow

is our journalists learnin ???

been reading up on this whole "reporting" thing, ain't ya ???

learned that being a journalist means you gotta report BOTH SIDES, huh ???

glad to see you kinda figured out how it works

now you got NO EXCUSE for falling back into your stenographic ways

and btw, when you KNOW a candidate is LYING, you might just grow a pair and say so

and in this post, you might add to that part "bitter" people, something about how they might tend to think its funny to make jokes about pointing guns at black men, but why a supposedly christian minister would be making jokes about pointing guns at black men makes no sense at all

and since it happened at the nra convention mentioned in the article, you might have mentioned it in your post

unless you were planning on writing a separate post on that particularly despicable act, and the vile little man who committed it

or are the hate-filled and repulsive acts of prominent repuglitards not fair game ???

Posted by: free patriot | May 19, 2008 4:30 AM

The kind of terrorists who did this:

http://www.frugalsites.net/911/attack/

support Obama.
We must never forget. We must not appologize for them. We must not appease them.

Posted by: cyberella | May 19, 2008 9:40 AM

hey, ed okeef

you figured out what the repuglitards consider "well reasoned" arguments ???

all these pathetic smears from woefully uninformed people ???

they're YOUR fault, dude

your inability to publish the TRUTH about repuglitards has contributed to this nation ignorance

now maybe you can see where you propagandizing and stenography have landed this country

so get off your lazy ass and INFORM THE PEOPLE

and stop publishing repuglitard pipe dreams without including critical analysis

unless you LIKE living in a contry full of morons

Posted by: free patriot | May 19, 2008 12:34 PM

"...that we can institute strong background checks, "

Gee Obama, I guess the NICS system implemented by the Brady Bill doesn't work.

"...that we can trace guns back to potential unscrupulous gun dealers who have pedaled them to people that shouldn't be getting them."

"potential unscrupulous gun dealers" with focus on the word "potential". What's this guilty until proven innocent? Is that the country Obama wants?

Posted by: Alan | May 19, 2008 1:20 PM

Gee Alan, if the NICS was so great there would be no debate about this issue would there? No one,including Obama, is trying to take guns out of the hands of legal gun owners. People are, however, trying to prevent dealers from buying guns legally in one state, and illegally transporting and selling them in another. It would be nice if respectable, legal gun owners would help us keep guns out of the hands of teenage gang members who are killing American citizens at an alarming rate. But, I guess if it doesn't happen in your state it doesn't matter.

Posted by: Joe | May 19, 2008 1:49 PM

I really crack up when bish supporters cry about stuff like this:

What's this guilty until proven innocent? Is that the country Obama wants?

it beats the hell out of george bush's amurika, where people have been locked up for SIX YEARS without a trial

and now were told that because george bush decided that torture was legal, we can't try these criminals under US Law

turns out that torturing innocent people is against the law in this country, and the rest of the people on the planet consider torture a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

so you go ahead and cry about how MEAN the Democrats are, and how Obama wants to clean up our crime riddled country

every time a repuglitard opens his mouth, the hypocrisy shines out brighter that the sun

keep up the good work there alan. The Democratic Party appreciates how you highlight your own personal stupidity and hypocrisy, and the repuglitard party's probels with the same

Posted by: free patriot | May 19, 2008 3:03 PM

BARAK AND REVEREND WRIGHT ARE RIGHT, GOD D*** AMERICA FOR SLAVERY AND JIM CROW.

NOW IS THE TIME TO RALLY AROUND BARAK AND MICHELLE AND MAKE THEM PROUD!

HE WILL UNITE THE PEOPLE OF COLOR AROUND THE WORLD TO FIGHT THE WHITE OPPRESSOR. THE WHITE MAN HAS HAD HIS DAY. BLACK PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HELD DOWN TO LONG.

NO MORE SO CALLED ELECTIONS WHERE TYPICAL WHITE PEOPLE VOTE IN RACIST PEOPLE WHO DONT WORK FOR US.

AND NEWS FLASH MERICAN, BARAK IS RIGHT, YOUR TYPICAL WHITE PERSON IS A RACIST.
BARAK WILL APOLOGIZE TO OUR MUSLIM BROTHERS FOR ARRAGANT AMERICAN POLICIES OF HATE AND SLAVERY.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY REV. WRIGHT IS RIGHT, ONLY BARAK CAN FORGIVE AN EVIL NATION FOUNDED ON SLAVERY.

REPARATIONS NOW!

Posted by: Obamamama | May 19, 2008 6:17 PM

Clinton takes Indiana by a 'razor' and Obama wins North Carolina by a huge margin. Nevertheless, Kentucky, Montana and West Virginia are still to come.

The Democratic race for nomination is still very much alive - and most likely to be decided by superdelegates

If you're tired of waiting around for those super delegates to make a decision already, go to LobbyDelegates.com and push them to support Clinton or Obama

If you haven't done so yet, please write a message to each of your state's superdelegates at http://www.lobbydelegates.com

Obama Supporters:

Sending a note to current Obama supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Clinton supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Obama, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Obama. It's that easy...

Clinton Supporters too .... !

It takes a moment, but what's a few minutes now worth to get Clinton in office?! Those are really worth !

Sending a note to current Clinton supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Obama supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Clinton, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Clinton. It's that easy...

Posted by: feeba | May 20, 2008 7:17 AM

Clinton takes Indiana by a 'razor' and Obama wins North Carolina by a huge margin. Nevertheless, Kentucky, Montana and West Virginia are still to come.

The Democratic race for nomination is still very much alive - and most likely to be decided by superdelegates

If you're tired of waiting around for those super delegates to make a decision already, go to LobbyDelegates.com and push them to support Clinton or Obama

If you haven't done so yet, please write a message to each of your state's superdelegates at http://www.lobbydelegates.com

Obama Supporters:

Sending a note to current Obama supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Clinton supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Obama, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Obama. It's that easy...

Clinton Supporters too .... !

It takes a moment, but what's a few minutes now worth to get Clinton in office?! Those are really worth !

Sending a note to current Clinton supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Obama supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Clinton, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Clinton. It's that easy...

Posted by: feeba | May 20, 2008 7:26 AM

Better piece than the one that provoked the 'Fair to Compare?' piece...And by the same token, you get an answer to that question:Yes it's fair to compare, when you are really intending to make a valid comparison.

Posted by: rk | May 20, 2008 12:50 PM

Clinton has taken Kentucky and Obama is right there in Oregon.
The Democratic race for nomination is still very much alive - and most likely to be decided by superdelegates - as CNN points out clearly

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/20/primary.wrap/index.html

If you're tired of waiting around for those super delegates to make a decision already, go to LobbyDelegates.com and push them to support Clinton or Obama

If you haven't done so yet, please write a message to each of your state's superdelegates at http://www.lobbydelegates.com

Obama Supporters:

Sending a note to current Obama supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Clinton supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Obama, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Obama. It's that easy...

Clinton Supporters too .... !

It takes a moment, but what's a few minutes now worth to get Clinton in office?! Those are really worth !

Sending a note to current Clinton supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Obama supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Clinton, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Clinton. It's that easy...

Posted by: feeba | May 27, 2008 6:08 AM

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