Daily Revolt

April 18, 2007

2008 Presidential Candidates Silent on Guns

It is disgusting that we have no political "leader" speaking out on the issue of gun-control. They all seem to have been bought-off by the gun lobby:
Gun control has been treated with a mix of silence and discomfort in the presidential campaign, a stance that may become insupportable once the nation finds its voice in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech mass murder.

Its all about winning elections than saving American lives:
Democrats have been deliberately muted for months on an issue that, by their own reckoning, contributed to and perhaps sealed their defeat in the 2000 presidential election. That's when Al Gore's call for gun registration cost him votes in rural America and dulled the party's appetite for taking on the gun lobby.

Giuliani flipflops on the issue and runs the standard line about a constitutional right to bear arms. Its a bogus argument. This is about whether anyone can get a any gun at anytime. No one makes that argument. So why the blanket nonsense statement about the constitutional right to bare arms:
Rudy Giuliani waded gently into it Wednesday, a day after GOP rival John McCain said that the attack did not throw him off his support for constitutional gun rights.

"Obviously, this tragedy does not alter the Second Amendment," Giuliani said in a statement. "People have the right to keep and bear arms and the Constitution says this right will not be infringed."

His emphasis on state-by-state solutions to gun control in the GOP primaries contrasts with his past enthusiasm for a federal mandate to register handgun owners — an even stiffer requirement than registering guns.

Silence can be deadly:
In this campaign, candidates in both parties who've ever taken a shot at a prey are playing up their hunting credentials. Others are highlighting their allegiance to the constitutional right to bear arms or avoiding the question altogether.

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