Order Candidates on 2nd Amendment, Gun Control

Discussion in 'National Laws, Bills and Politics' started by Vir Quisque Vir, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Vir Quisque Vir

    Vir Quisque Vir New Member

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    This is an interesting question to have discussion about the various candidate positions. It is not a complete list, but except for one anti-Rambo name to keep everyone honest, it looks like most of the final field, maybe.

    Please arrange the list of candidates below in terms of your perception of the strongest 2nd amendment/least gun control candidate to the strongest candidate for more gun control and least respect for the 2nd amendment. To keep it more or less politically correct, the candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Discussion and reason for the order welcomed.

    1. Joe Biden

    2. Hillary Clinton

    3. John Edwards

    4. Rudy Guiliani

    5. John McCain

    6. Barack Obama

    7. Fred Thompson
     
  2. GTWolfman

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    A quick excerpt about Fred Thompson: http://www.alphecca.com/mt_alphecca_arc ... 03119.html

    To save you the linking..
    ...a look at former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson's record on gun control. According to On The Issues, he's not for it:

    1. He voted against background checks at gun shows (to close the loopholes) in 1999.

    2. Voted yes on maintaining current law not requiring that guns be sold with trigger locks. 1998.

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    Update 3/11: Fred appeared on Fox News with Chris Wallace (link here) and there was a short question/answer about his position on gun control:


    WALLACE: Gun control.

    THOMPSON: Well, I'm against gun control generally. You know, you check my record. You'll find I'm pretty consistent on that issue.

    WALLACE: So this federal court — appeals court ruling this last week, I guess Friday, in the case of D.C. — you'd be perfectly happy to have people have handguns in their homes?

    THOMPSON: Yes. Absolutely. The court basically said the Constitution means what it says, and I agree with that.
     

  3. Vir Quisque Vir

    Vir Quisque Vir New Member

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    7. Thompson, a strong supporter of 2nd amendment, minimal gun control
    1. Joe Biden, never met a gun he liked, strict gun controls. These two seem to bracket the ends of the spectrum?

    What about the "middle" candidates? Where would you rank them on pro-gun to anti-gun as above and why? Your comments welcomed.

    2. Hillary Clinton

    3. John Edwards

    4. Rudy Guiliani

    5. John McCain

    6. Barack Obama
     
  4. Thorsen

    Thorsen New Member

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    Most pro to most anti (in my opinion):

    Thompson

    McCain

    Guiliani

    Clinton

    Edwards

    Obama

    Biden



    But I'm not voting for any of them in the primaries.
     
  5. Vir Quisque Vir

    Vir Quisque Vir New Member

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    This is the order I had on my list. My thinking was Rudy Guiliani was somewhat for gun control as a mayor, but is not likely to be as much for gun control as President, when he thinks about the country as a whole and not just New York. As usual, it is hard to predict how a candidate will act as President, but I would put him at basically supporting 2nd amendment rights, but with some control by the states, and above the other candidates you listed below him. Obama is moderate to strong on gun control and Biden stands fairly near Diane Feinstein and Bloomberg. I too would put John McCain above Rudy and below Fred Thompson on this issue of 2nd amendment rights and gun control. Other comments welcomed. I don't personally vote on a single issue, but this one is very important to me, among several others, like not voting for a socialist. :)