The 2A stance of the 2016 candidates for President

The hoopla surrounding all of the Presidential candidates seldom revolves around their stance on the second amendment of our Bill of Rights, sometimes causing firearms owners to vote in the dark. While many of those running in the 2016 elections will claim to be pro 2A, their voting track records and past statements often prove otherwise. Although this year there seems to be an abundance of candidates with an “R” by their name, this is often described as a “Republican in name only,” or “RINO.”

There are quite literally dozens upon dozens of candidates from all parties representing everything imaginable, so I decided to shave the list down just to those candidates who have gotten the most exposure in recent days from their respective parties. Bear in mind that I will only be covering their second amendment speeches and voting, as without the second, the rest have no means of protection and are up for grabs.

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Hillary Clinton (D)

June 1999: “If you own a gun,” Clinton says on Good Morning America, “make sure it’s locked up and stored without the ammunition. In fact, make it stored where the ammunition is stored separately. We’ve made some progress in the last several years with the Brady Bill and some of the bans on assault weapons, but we have a lot of work to do.”

June 2000: Clinton endorses a bill introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that would require licensing and registration for handguns. “I stand in support of this common-sense legislation to license everyone who wishes to purchase a gun,” she says. “I also believe that every new handgun sale or transfer should be registered in a national registry, such as Chuck is proposing.”

August 2000: Clinton endorses a DLC position statement that says the government should “require ‘smart gun’ technology to prevent use of firearms by unauthorized persons.”

April 2008: I respect the Second Amendment. I respect the rights of lawful gun owners to own guns, to use their guns, but I also believe that most lawful gun owners whom I have spoken with for many years across our country also want to be sure that we keep those guns out of the wrong hands. And as president, I will work to try to bridge this divide, which I think has been polarizing and, frankly, doesn’t reflect the common sense of the American people. We will strike the right balance to protect the constitutional right but to give people the feeling and the reality that they will be protected from guns in the wrong hands….

“What I favor is what works in New York. You know, we have a set of rules in New York City and we have a totally different set of rules in the rest of the state. What might work in New York City is certainly not going to work in Montana. So, for the federal government to be having any kind of, you know, blanket rules that they’re going to try to impose, I think doesn’t make sense.”

May 2014: “I think again we’re way out of balance. We’ve got to rein in what has become almost an article of faith that almost anybody can have a gun anywhere at any time. And I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people.”

June 2014: “I believe that we need a more thoughtful conversation,” Clinton says while promoting her memoir on CNN. “We cannot let a minority of people—and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people—hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.” She says she favors “background checks that work” and twice refers erroneously to mass shooters with “automatic” weapons.

Bernie Sanders (D/S) – While Sanders runs on the Democratic ticket, he is, in fact, a well established Socialist.

Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets.

Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1.

Voted YES to prohibiting the sale of “assault weapons.”

Voted NO to to prohibiting the US from entering into the United Nations small arms trade treaty.

Voted NO to authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines.

Voted YES to 72 Hour Background Check Amendment.

Voted NO to Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995.

Voted YES to Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons.

Jim Webb (D) – Surprisingly, Webb is a long time member of the National Rifle Association and by all accounts seems like a democrat who actually supports the second amendment. This is made especially difficult to believe, as he is also a supporter of President Barack Hussein Obama.

“I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment,” Webb added. “I have had a permit to carry a weapon in Virginia for a long time. . . . It’s important for me personally and a lot of people in the situation that I’m in to be able to defend myself and my family.”

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, “there’s been agreement that it’s a more dangerous time,” he said. “I’m not going to comment with great specificity on how I defend myself, but I do feel I have that right.” Compared to the president and others in the executive branch, lawmakers have little protection available to them, Webb said. “We are required to defend ourselves, and I choose to do so.”

Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains.

Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership.

Voted YES to allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad.

Co-Sponsored banning gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC.

Jeb Bush (R) – His work and speeches regarding the second amendment, have always rung positive and pro lawful firearms ownership. Jeb Bush has left no signs of wavering on his Pro-2A stance throughout his career.

Jeb Bush told about 5,000 people attending the NRA’s Leadership Forum at the organization’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. “Our government is too big, it is too powerful, and it is too intrusive, We’re using the laws of 1934 to regulate access to the Internet. The government has basically taken over our healthcare insurance system.

But the Second Amendment is one area where the Obama administration has run into a wall — and that wall is the Kevlar-covered wall of the NRA,” Bush said. “The Second Amendment is still safe, and that’s a good thing because the Second Amendment is the original Homeland Security Act.”

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Dr. Ben Carson (R) – When it comes to Dr. Ben Carson’s 2A stance, he has done a lot of talk and a lot of back tracking, especially since announcing his run for the white house.

Interviewed in 2013 by Glenn Beck, Carson seemed to suggest that Semi-automatic rifle ownership should be dependent upon where someone lives, saying; “It depends on where you live,” I think if you live in the midst of a lot of people, and I’m afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it.” 

Then later at the 144th annual NRA meetings;

“For the record let me make it extremely clear that I am extremely pro-Second Amendment and that I would never  allow anyone to tamper with that right,” Carson said.

“We will never let the right to keep and bear arms be removed from those [generations] who follow us in this great nation,” he continued.

Since he has been attempting to clarify his stance as being 100% pro-2A, but without any experience in politics or a history of voting on any bills, it is still anyone’s guess.

Chris Christie (R) -With a proven anti-2A track record in NJ, Chris Christie should come as no surprise.

“We’ve got to make sure we have public safety, but on the other hand we have to protect people’s rights both as sportsmen and hunters and for self protection too, find the right balance,”

Christie has also referred to simple semi-automatic firearms several times as automatic assault weapons. When the worthless federal ban expired in 2004, New Jersey retained its own version. Christie continues to support this, affirming in 2009 that he “supports all current gun laws” in New Jersey. New Jersey having some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, this does not bode well for Christie as a supporter of our second amendment rights.

Christie has also said that he “opposes attempts to permit conceal and carry laws in New Jersey,”

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Ted Cruz (R) – Cruz seems to be right on par with the second amendment and what “Shall not be infringed,” means.

He has in recent years made a push for soldiers to be armed on base, to prevent another such attack like the Fort Hood terrorist attack. He has opposed unreasonable and restrictive gun bills and laws. in 2008 he was honored by the NRA board of directors for his stance and work.

He voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets.

He also opposed the United Nations arms trade treaty signing a letter to President Obama from 50 senators saying;

Dear President Obama:

We write to express our concern and regret at your decision to sign the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty. For the following reasons, we cannot give our advice and consent to this treaty:

  1. The treaty violates a 2009 red line laid down by your own administration: “the rule of consensus decision-making.” In April 2013, after the treaty failed to achieve consensus, it was adopted by majority vote in the UN General Assembly.
  2. The treaty allows amendments by a 3/4 majority vote. When amended, it will become a source of political and legal pressure on the US to comply in practice with amendments it was unwilling to accept.
  3. The treaty includes only a weak, non-binding reference to the lawful ownership and use of firearms, and recognizes none of these activities, much less individual self-defense, as fundamental individual rights. It encourages governments to collect the identities of individual end users of imported firearms at the national level, which would constitute the core of a national gun registry
  4. The State Department has acknowledged that the treaty is “ambiguous.” By becoming party to the treaty, the US would therefore be accepting commitments that are inherently unclear.
  5. The criteria at the heart of the treaty are vague and easily politicized. They will steadily subject the US to the influence of internationally-defined norms, a process that would impinge on our national sovereignty.
  6. The treaty criteria as established could hinder the US in fulfilling its strategic, legal, and moral commitments to provide arms to key allies such as Taiwan and Israel.

We urge you to notify the treaty depository that the US does not intend to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, and is therefore not bound by its obligations. As members of the Senate, we pledge to oppose the ratification of this treaty, and we give notice that we do not regard the US as bound to uphold its object and purpose.

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Bobby Jindal (R) – Jindal is the proverbial 2A snake in the grass, saying one thing and doing the other. Having said;

“Now these folks on the left, they are audacious, but I’ll share a secret with you,” he said. “They are also gutless. They refuse to admit their real agenda. The truth is Michael Bloomberg, Eric Holder, so many of President Obama’s wealthiest liberal backers in Hollywood do not in fact believe in the Second Amendment at all.”

While signing many pro-2A bills into legislature in his state in the past, talking to the NRA and blasting democrats on their second amendment stances, Jindal signed two anti-gun schemes into law, HB-717 and SB-135.

If you’re accused of being mentally ill in any capacity, you can be studied and your gun rights taken from you and your name will be placed into the NCIS system under these schemes. This would equate to a lifetime ban for what may be a simple case of temporary depression, WITHOUT DUE PROCESS!

Rand Paul
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Rand Paul (R) – Paul has had an unwavering pro-2A stance since his political career began and it has not slowed for a moment since. Critics on the left have several times accused Paul of being too pro-2A and that’s a good thing in my book.

His response to the 2013 state of the union address was; “We are the party that adheres to the Constitution. We will not let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment! We will fight to defend the entire Bill of Rights. We will stand up against excessive government power wherever we see it. We cannot and will not allow any President to act as if he were a king. We will not let any President use executive orders to impinge on the Second Amendment.

Voted NO to restrictions on handguns.

Voted NO to banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets.

Opposed the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty.

Rated AQ as a pro-2A candidate by the NRA.

Paul is endorsed by Congressional endorsement list

A Liberty Candidate will Defend the Great American Principles of Individual Liberty and Constitutional Government, [such as the views of] Rand Paul, Senate 2010 candidate from Kentucky, on Personal Liberty: “The Federal Government must return to its constitutionally enumerated powers and restore our inalienable rights. America can prosper, preserve personal liberty, and repel national security threats without intruding into the personal lives of its citizens.”

And [such as the views of] Chris Cantwell, Congress 2010 candidate from New York on the 2nd Amendment: ” ‘To keep and bear Arms.’ That means, you can obtain them, keep them, and carry them. The idea that you can only have an unloaded gun in your closet under lock and key with the ammunition in a foreign country is ridiculous. Load your gun, put it in your holster, and leave the house. There is no point to keeping a gun you cannot access when you need it. If anyone has time to go home and get their gun, they probably didn’t need it in the first place.”

Rick Perry (R) – Perry takes pictures of himself with guns, claims to be pro-2A and then what he says and supports states the contrary.

In regards to carry laws in his state, Perry said;

“I don’t want the bad guys to know if I’m carrying,” he said. “I don’t want to be the first person shot if something’s going down.”

Perry also said gun owners should be “appropriately backgrounded, appropriately vetted, appropriately trained.”

“We license people to drive on our highways,” he said. “We give them that privilege. The same is true with our concealed handguns.”

The right to drive isn’t in our bill of rights, however the second amendment is listed as an inalienable right… not a privilege!

While on CNN Perry said; “Certainly not — The Second Amendment pretty much is a good amendment. And we support it in the State of Texas.” Pretty much..a.. good…amendment…?

He also refused to fill out the NAGR survey of Presidential candidates who support the second amendment, neglecting to answer…

  • *** The UN “Small Arms Treaty” — a global scheme currently being worked on that would gut the Second Amendment;
  • *** The elimination of the ATF — the federal department responsible for smuggling weapons to Mexican drug cartels, and then attempting to cover their scandal up;
  • *** Would Rick Perry veto or sign a bill to reauthorize the so-called “Assault Weapons” Ban, which banned certain full capacity magazines and many types of semiautomatic firearms?
  • *** Whether or not he would sign or veto legislation to eliminate the 1993 Brady Registration Scheme.
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Donald Trump (R) – Mr. Trump is not a politician, he is a business man and as such has no record of support for or against the second amendment. All we have to truly go on, is what the man has said and the consistency in which he’s said it. Here’s what we have to go on…

He’s given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Democratic Party and the Clinton Foundation, he also said he wants Oprah Winfrey as his VP. When he decided to run for president in 2000, he published a book called “The America we deserve,” here is an exerpt;

“It’s often argued that the American murder rate is high because guns are more available here than in other countries. After a tragedy like the massacre at Columbine High School, anyone could feel that it is too easy for Americans to get their hands on weapons. But nobody has a good solution. This is another issue where you see the extremes of the two existing major parties. Democrats want to confiscate all guns, which is a dumb idea because only the law-abiding citizens would turn in their guns and the bad guys would be the only ones left armed. The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions. I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within seventy-two hours if a potential gun owner has a record.”

Throughout his book he slathers liberalism on like so much jelly on toast, from redistribution of wealth, to pro-choice to banning “assault weapons,” because liberals think their furniture makes them killing machines.

Now let’s fast forward to now, whereas Mr. Trump has decided to turn a magical 180 and say, “[I] Fully support and back up the Second Amendment.”

Based upon his past, his own liberal leanings and what he has stated in his own book, I would rate Trump as a poor candidate for both the conservative and/or second amendment voter base.

Fred Cook

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