• He has never said that. He wants to ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
  • I have been wondering that myself. The only guess I have is that some pundit started those rumors and peoples' fears got the better of their common sense. +5
  • Because what he does speaks louder than what he says. Look at who he selected for Attorney General ... one of the most anti-gun politicos to ever fill that office. Look at his appointments to the Appellet Courts ... anti-gun to a man or woman.
  • He did make a statement back when he was a state senator that he would like to see all guns eliminated. He was referring to the cheap handguns which were causing so many deaths in South Chicago among street gangs, etc. I don't think you can transfer this to wanting to "eliminate" guns from all Americans. Even if he would like to see it, there is no way that could happen, anyway. It would take a Constitutional Amendment. The government could never do that, anyway. Who would do the "confiscating"? The citizens are as well armed as the police and military. And the citizens with guns are far more numerous than both. And, contrary to many conspiracy fantasists, the people who comprise the U.S. military are never going to bear arms against their own fellow citizens. Not unless they are trying to overthrow the Constitutional government. Good grief, people, these are your own kids! They bear arms to defend you, not fight or rule you!
  • Must be the sense of insecurity. People feel more secure with their guns at places where they can easily reach them, legally. The world is becoming a somewhat insecure place of late.
  • We've got Glen Beck and Hannity on Faux News ranting about Obama taking people's guns and Rabid Republicans like Michelle Bachmann backing them up. Some people are loony enough to listen to these loons. As far as I know, the US Government has never tried to confiscate lawfully acquired weapons. Even when we did have a ban on assault weapons, those who already owned them legally were not affected. Nobody in their right mind is discussion a weapons confiscation program. And if any politician ever proposed such a scheme, the NRA would hound them into political oblivion. You have to look into the mind of Right Wing Authoritarian Follower to understand why this ridiculous right fantasy gets such traction among the Right Wing-nuts. They are people who are convinced we live in a very scary world full of hidden cabals aimed at enslaving them or forcing them into a life of sin. They are highly ethnocentric, and so never hear any voice of reason. Here's a link to a free eBook on psychological research identifying the type and defining how they got that way and what they believe.
  • OK I am from a small town a typical white person that old religion and gunns dearly he seems to hate those people the best way to kill them off is to use his Civili Defense Gastopa to kill me in 2 or 3 years once he has his private mindless army in place.
  • I believe what concerns most pro gun advocates (well, me anyway) is his stance on existing gun rights and laws. Once you start to restrict and change any rights or established law it is a very slippery and short slide into tyranny. A small sampling of what he HAS said and done follows; "As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right." Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary Apr 16, 2008. Obama was being misleading when he denied that his handwriting had been on a document endorsing a state ban on the sale and possession of handguns in Illinois. Obama responded, “No, my writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns.” Actually, Obama’s writing was on the 1996 document, which was filed when Obama was running for the Illinois state Senate. A Chicago nonprofit, Independent Voters of Illinois, had this question, and Obama took hard line: 35. Do you support state legislation to: a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Yes. b. ban assault weapons? Yes. c. mandatory waiting periods and background checks? Yes. Source: analysis of 2008 Philadelphia primary debate Apr 16, 2008. Obama sought gun control measures, such as a 2000 bill he cosponsored to limit handgun purchases to one per month (it did not pass). Source: The Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson, p.148 Oct 30, 2007. Obama voted for a bill in the Illinois senate that allowed retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons. If there was any issue on which Obama rarely deviated, it was gun control. He was the most strident candidate when it came to enforcing and expanding gun control laws. So this vote jumped out as inconsistent. When I queried him about the vote, he said, “I didn’t find that [vote] surprising. I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry. This was a narrow exception in an exceptional circumstance where a retired police officer might find himself vulnerable as a consequence of the work he has previously done--and had been trained extensively in the proper use of firearms.“ It wasn’t until a few weeks later that another theory came forward about the uncharacteristic vote. Obama was battling with his GOP opponent to win the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. Source: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell, p.250-251 Aug 14, 2007. KEYES: [to Obama]: I am a strong believer in the second amendment. The gun control mentality is ruthlessly absurd. It suggests that we should pass a law that prevents law abiding citizens from carrying weapons. You end up with a situation where the crook have all the guns and the law abiding citizens cannot defend themselves. I guess that’s good enough for Senator Obama who voted against the bill that would have allowed homeowners to defend themselves if their homes were broken into. OBAMA: Let’s be honest. Mr. Keyes does not believe in common gun control measures like the assault weapons bill. Mr. Keyes does not believe in any limits from what I can tell with respect to the possession of guns, including assault weapons that have only one purpose, to kill people. I think it is a scandal that this president did not authorize a renewal of the assault weapons ban. Source: Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes Oct 21, 2004. Principles that Obama supports on gun issues: Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons. Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms. Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms. Source: 1998 IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998. I believe what concerns gun owners most is that his actions speak louder than his words. He is no friend to pro gun advocates. He never actually SAID it but once you start that process it has historically never been reversed and more times than not it is the beginning of the end. All it really does is make an otherwise law abiding citizen a criminal. People are not going to willingly give up their guns. I certainly won't. .
  • Fear mongering. No he didn't. Because those who revel in it, have an aversion to reality. It's not easy to leave the land of make believe.

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