GOP Slams Obama on Guns, Obama Counterpunches
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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.
-- Ed O'Keefe
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