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Hope And Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 11:35 AM
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Statement of Barack Obama on Supreme Court Decision in District of Columbia V. Heller

Statement of Barack Obama on Supreme Court Decision in District of Columbia V. Heller


By Christopher Hass - Jun 26th, 2008 at 12:25 pm EDT

In response to the Supreme Court's decision earlier this morning to strike down the in District of Columbia's handgun ban, Senator Obama released the following statement:

I have always believed that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms, but I also identify with the need for crime-ravaged communities to save their children from the violence that plagues our streets through common-sense, effective safety measures. The Supreme Court has now endorsed that view, and while it ruled that the D.C. gun ban went too far, Justice Scalia himself acknowledged that this right is not absolute and subject to reasonable regulations enacted by local communities to keep their streets safe. Todays ruling, the first clear statement on this issue in 127 years, will provide much-needed guidance to local jurisdictions across the country.

As President, I will uphold the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun-owners, hunters, and sportsmen. I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact common-sense laws, like closing the gun show loophole and improving our background check system, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. Today's decision reinforces that if we act responsibly, we can both protect the constitutional right to bear arms and keep our communities and our children safe.



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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 11:37 AM
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1. Whoever wrote that...
is "the shiznit".

Damn fine statement there.
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cbc5g Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 11:40 AM
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2. Very well written...will defuse the RW talking points on the MSM tonight a little bit
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 11:41 AM
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3. wrong thread. delete.
Edited on Thu Jun-26-08 11:42 AM by anonymous171
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 11:43 AM
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4. McCain: 'I think we need to be looking at the death penalty for shoplifting.'
'There's an epidemic crime wave, and we clearly need a strong deterrent. And public executions would be good, too. On television.'
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 11:44 AM
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6. lol
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 11:44 AM
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5. And, thank God, no mention of resurrecting the AWB
If this takes gun rights off the table, Democrats are going to have a great year.
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davepc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 11:45 AM
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7. The court just got around to saying the 2nd isn't about "hunters, and sportsmen"
Edited on Thu Jun-26-08 11:47 AM by davepc
yet here is Obama using that old failed Clinton era language.

The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditional lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 11:49 AM
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8. McCain:
Senator John McCain took the opportunity to reinvigorate a familiar line of attack on his Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama. Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, todays ruling recognizes that gun ownership is a fundamental right sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly, Mr. McCain said.

Mr. McCain has not always been a favorite of the countrys largest gun lobby, which once branded him one of the premier flag-carriers for enemies of the Second Amendment.' The gun lobby still disagrees with Mr. McCains support for background checks for firearm sales at gun shows and campaign finance regulations that restricted political advertising by groups like the National Rifle Association. But The Timess Elisabeth Bumiller reported that he was received warmly at last months N.R.A. convention, where he told members that a President Barack Obama would put the rights of law-abiding gun owners at risk.

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McCain is running a pathetic campaign

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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 12:29 PM
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9. Repukes have to be so pissed. They can't get him on anything
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 12:53 PM
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10. Pitch perfect response.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 12:54 PM
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11. that actually echoes my sentiments.
nice statement.
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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 12:58 PM
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12. excellent statement. most Americans will agree with this common sense position. nt.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:17 PM
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13. Sounds downright Dean-esque.
:toast:

I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne.
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:23 PM
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14. Clear, cogent, and good plain common sense.
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