Tuesday, June 01, 2004
If you thought the eight long years of the Clinton/Gore
administration's war on firearms owners' rights were oppressive,
they would pale in comparison to what John Kerry would have in
store for us if he captures the White House and evicts President
George W. Bush in November.
John Kerry--whose record of words and misdeeds on firearms
rights has earned him a key place among the most solid "F"
candidates ever rated by the National Rifle Association--is now
posing as a self-styled"lifelong hunter and gun owner," a faux good
old boy who says, "I believe in the Second Amendment."
But as someone who has hunted, he's not one of us. He's a
silver-spoon Boston Brahman--an ideological blood brother to his
mentor, Teddy Kennedy.
He's married to a multi-millionaire heiress whose
"favorite charity," the Tides Foundation, has pumped a small
fortune into anti-gun rights schemes.
during his 20-year stint in the U.S. Senate, has been an always
reliable vote for the anti-gunners and has routinely voted with the
gun-ban movement since he was elected as the junior member from
Massachusetts. At the heart of the real John Kerry is an
unthinking zealot who has never missed an opportunity to work to
diminish our rights.
For his long history of anti-gun rights votes and
positions, he consistently receives a 100-percent rating from the
Brady Campaign (Handgun Control Inc.), the American Bar
Association's Special Committee on Gun Violence and from the
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (formerly the National Coalition to
Ban Handguns). All of these groups deny the existence of an
individual right to keep and bear arms, and some are actively using
the courts in an attempt to destroy Americans' Second Amendment
On issues directly affecting Second Amendment rights,
Kerry has voted 51 of 55 times against you on the floor of the
Senate. For all we've read lately about how enemies of the Second
Amendment are shying away from the "gun control" issue in this
election year, a series of votes in the U.S. Senate in March
changed all that, with Kerry eagerly taking center
In working to sabotage S.1805(formerly
S. 659)--the NRA-backed legislation to stop the endless series of
predatory lawsuits aimed at strangling the law-abiding firearms
industry--Kerry voted to extend the Clinton gun ban on semi-autos,
to make now-legal private gun sales at gun shows criminal acts, and
voted to support Ted Kennedy's ammunition ban, which would have
prohibited most centerfire hunting rounds.Where Kerry says he "will
defend hunting rights," the accolades of "animal rights" activists
tell a different story.
The Humane Society of the United States and Fund for
Animals--both rabidly anti-hunting--gave John Kerry a 100 percent
mark for the first session of the current Congress. They cited John
Kerry as among Senators who have "compiled consistently excellent
voting records on animal issues . . ." and who "have emerged as
animal protection leaders . . . Kerry has cosponsored almost every
piece of animal protection legislation . . . introduced on behalf
Kerry is the poster boy for a secret scheme hatched by
billionaire Andrew McKelvey's Americans
for Gun Safety, (AGS) whereby anti-gun rights Democratic
candidates cloak themselves in rhetorical camouflage, falsely
claiming to embrace the Second Amendment and trying to con hunters
into believing that their rights are somehow separate from those of
other American gun owners.
Don't take my word for it. Here's what AGS wrote in its
blueprint for "Taking Back the Second Amendment," prepared last
year for the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). Kerry is
following all the dots.
It is a battle plan for deceit that counsels anti-gun
rights candidates: "The problem that Democrats have on the gun
issue has far less to do with the typical policies they espouse
than the rhetoric they employ." (Emphasis added.) In other words,
it's not how you vote, but what you say.
So, now confiscatory firearms prohibition is called
"sensible gun safety," although the abhorrent concept of the
knock-in-the-middle-of-the night is just the same as it always has
That theme of dissembling is amplified by an accompanying
DLC cover memo announcing, "The DLC and Americans for Gun Safety
(AGS) believe that progressives need not change their positions in
order to dramatically reduce, and in some cases reverse,
conservative advantages with these groups." (Emphasis added.)
Groups? Try NRA.
They are talking about lying, about sleight of hand,
trickery--basically outright fraud.
"Taking Back the Second Amendment" means recreating the
Second Amendment; twisting its clear meaning to the same dark
purpose expressed by then-President Clinton's Solicitor General
Seth Waxman who wrote in an August 2000 letter to an NRA member:
"In light of the constitutional history, it must be considered as
settled that there is no personal constitutional right, under the
Second Amendment, to own or to use a gun."
Kerry is right in step with the AGS-DLC war-plan:
"progressives need not change their positions." Simply change the
"rhetoric they employ."In working to sabotage the NRA-backed
legislation to stop the endless series of lawsuits aimed at
strangling the law-abiding firearms industry, Kerry read the AGS
wolf-in-sheep's-clothing script to a tee when the issue was debated
on March 4.
He told the Senate, "I believe strongly in the Second
Amendment. I believe in the right to bear arms as it has been
interpreted in our country" (emphasis added). This is a vital
"qualifier" coming from a man who, if elected president, would be
nominating federal judges and Supreme Court justices to interpret
Kerry and also-ran presidential candidate and trial lawyer
John Edwards were among those who cast the deciding votes on what
proved to be "poison pill" amendments to the lawsuit tort reform
bill: Dianne Feinstein's 10-year extension of the Clinton semi-auto
ban and a new version of John McCain's so-called "gun show
loophole" law, which would criminalize now-legal private commerce
between peaceable individuals at gun shows.
Kerry-during his national media performance on the Senate
floor -broke a missing-in-action streak that saw him absent from
the Senate for 65 percent of all votes in 2003 and every single
vote up to that date this year. It's stunning: Out of 20 roll-call
votes in 2004, these gun ban votes were the first he cast in the
Senate all year.
But he was back-flying from his "super-Tuesday" primary
campaigning. Goring gun owners was apparently just too important to
miss-this month's cover says it all.
During his Senate appearance, Kerry also went out of his
way to directly attack NRA members, saying, "Let's be honest about
what we are facing today." Referring to the Clinton gun ban, he
said, "The opposition to this common-sense gun safety law is being
driven by the powerful NRA special interest leadership and by
lobbyists in Washington. I don't believe this is the voice of
responsible gun owners across America."
WITH CARBON COPY VOTING RECORDS ON GUN
RIGHTS, A KERRY PRESIDENCY WOULD BE, FOR GUN OWNERS, LIKE TED
KENNEDY SITTING IN THE OVAL OFFICE-
IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT.
Kerry's attack on the NRA is part of a massive
vilification effort led by the Brady Campaign in which he and his
surrogates will try to discredit the good works and good reputation
of our organization and of those who belong to it, and those who
support our goals. It will be part of a race for the White House
that will be a campaign of demonization on one hand, deception on
That effort now includes a series of Brady Campaign ads
that try to paint NRA as a hate group and try to besmirch the
character of leaders like U.S. Senator Larry Craig, who superbly
led the March floor fight on behalf of gun owners.
When candidate Kerry talks about his undying support for
the Second Amendment, there are two words he never utters. In
announcing what he says he recognizes as a "right," Kerry never
utters the word "individual." And more importantly, he never
repeats the all-important word of the framers--"keep." As we all
know, the Second Amendment says in part, " . . . The right of
people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Keeping arms: That means ordinary men and women owning
guns; possessing guns; keeping firearms for whatever peaceable
reasons we might have.
You won't find the full phrase-"the right to keep and bear
arms"-anywhere on his Web site, or in Kerry's speeches, his floor
statement, his media interviews or press releases.
Kerry's version of the Second Amendment is that Americans
only have the right to bear arms. That verbal sleight of hand fits
right in with what the ban-the-gun crowd wants-a future declaration
by a Kerry-packed U.S. Supreme Court that the Second Amendment was
never intended as an individual right, but that it merely allows
the states to muster forces to serve in the National
Proof of that trickery came during Kerry's Senate speech
supporting the Clinton gun ban on semi-automatic firearms. Kerry
told the Senate and the nation, "For those who want to wield those
weapons, we have a place for them. It is the U.S. military. And we
When Kerry talks about the Second Amendment, it is with
crossed fingers. And when he talks about the law-abiding men and
women of the National Rifle Association, it's easy to hear the
disdain in his voice. In fact, his comparison of our organization
with the vilest of criminals is shocking.
"I've had the courage to stand up to those who would let
our communities be taken over by violence, whether it is organized
crime in Boston or standing up to the extremists in the NRA who
preach safety and enforcement, but practice extremism and block
common sense reform."
That's U.S. Senator John Kerry's opener on the Americans
for Gun Safety's Web site. He is actually comparing the 4 million
peaceable, law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association to
a handful of Boston mobsters, drug lords and a criminal underclass.
Clearly the biggest targets of Kerry's wrath are the NRA and NRA
If anyone is responsible for criminal violence, however,
it is those who coddle criminals. In truth, Kerry's record on tough
federal measures to deal harshly with violent criminals speaks
volumes concerning his part in allowing "communities to be taken
over by violence."
He has steadfastly opposed the death penalty for murderers
and rapists, and traitors. In 1996, he voted "No" to legislation
that would have limited death penalty appeals-appeals which mock
justice for victims by stretching out death sentences into de facto
life sentences for the most heartless and vicious
In 1994, he voted "No" to mandatory prison terms for
criminals using firearms in the commission of crimes of violence or
He voted against international drug control funds; and
against increasing penalties for drug offenses.
His wimpy "give peace a chance" attitude on supporting the
U.S. military seems to spill over into his support for real law
From soft-on-criminals to hard-on-honest gun owners, Kerry
continues to try to hide his real record showing where he stands on
important issues. And if he thinks he's fooling gun owners on the
Second Amendment, Kerry's attempt to pass himself off as "a
lifetime hunter" is a bold play at getting the hunter vote, despite
his proven record of opposition to gun owners' rights.
And the response to this "I'm a Hunter" ploy in some
quarters shows just how much work NRA members have to do in the
coming months. Kerry's Iowa pheasant hunt, staged as a photo-op for
willing media, brought accolades from some outdoor writers and
sportsmen, despite Kerry's longstanding gun-ban
"Some hunters also felt an instant kinship with Kerry,"
wrote James A. Swan on National Review Online. "As Ryan McKinney,
the Iowa farmer on whose property Kerry hunted, said, 'It feels a
little safer if your presidential hopeful isn't going to go after
your typical normal shotgun.'" (Emphasis added.)
But in reality, "your typical normal shotgun" is exactly
what Kerry is going after. It is exactly what he is on record as
wanting to ban.
He is a prime co-sponsor of S.1431,
which would give a future U.S. attorney general power to ban any
semi-automatic rifle or shotgun based on a design "procured for use
by the United States military or any federal law enforcement
agency"--arms which are presumed to be "not particularly suitable
for sporting purposes."
The legislation specifically instructs the attorney
general that "a firearm shall not be determined to be particularly
suitable for sporting purposes solely because the firearm is
suitable for use in a sporting event."
So, if the Remington 1100, or 11-87 has ever been procured
by the U.S. military or by a federal law enforcement agency, it is
automatically presumed to be "not particularly suitable for
sporting purposes." Thisdiscounts the purposes for which honest men
and women might own those arms, including hunting, as not
recognized by the federal government as a "legitimate sporting
So truth is, Kerry would ban "your typical normal
shotgun." But there is even more to it than that.
The precedent of what "sporting purpose" really means, in
practice, was covered by the 1989 U.S. Treasury Department import
ban that covered firearms the agency said, "although popular among
some gun owners for collection, self-defense, combat competitions,
or plinking, simply cannot be fairly characterized as sporting
rifles." In the same breath, the Treasury Department said its
purpose was to "preserve the sportsman's right to sporting
There is nothing in the Second Amendment that limits the
purposes for which peaceable individual Americans "keep" any
Kerry's Web site lays out several quotes from floor
statements on gun control. Remarkably, the citations are not from
any official journal of the United States Senate-not from the
Congressional Record. Instead, it says "Floor Statements: (Via
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Web site)." Yes, Kerry's own
campaign Web site links his supporters straight to the site of a
gun-ban organization to get to the meat of his beliefs on firearms
The Kerry campaign wants Web surfers to go there. It wants
gun-ban supporters to see his real positions on gun control--the
positions that earned him the highest marks for supporting the most
radical gun control schemes over the years.
On the pages of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV),
firearms owners can also see what Kerry's friends would do to our
Second Amendment rights if he takes the White House.
The Kerry puffery begins:
"John Kerry has voted with the Coalition to Stop Gun
Violence 100 percent of the time." And it brags:
"John Kerry, in 2002 received an 'F' from the National
Rifle Association and has a zero percent rating with Gun Owners of
Among the lengthy floor statements reproduced on those
pages are Kerry's remarks promising to vote for the Brady waiting
period bill and taking a swipe at private firearms
". . . it is not a big deal in terms of fighting crime. It
is a first step. I do not even know what kind of step, because it
will not change the fact that there are more privately owned
weapons in America than there are by the police, Army, Navy, Air
Force, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard
While John Kerry holds his nose, crosses his fingers and
claims support for his version of the Second Amendment, there is no
such transparent pretension on the part of the CSGV. The bio of
Executive Director Josh Horwitz tells us where Kerry will
" . . . Horwitz had focused the organization's efforts on
closing illegal firearms markets by eliminating unregulated
transfers of firearms, pursuing litigation against the gun industry
. . . The illegal market strategy included implementation of
firearms policies such as universal background checks, licensing,
Eliminating all unregulated transfers means criminalizing
all now-legal firearms commerce between innocent, peaceable private
citizens. Give a gun to a friend, go to jail.
The so-called "gun-show" loophole Kerry voted for as a
killer amendment to the NRA-backed lawsuit reform bill is a step
toward making criminals of any peaceable person transferring a
firearm without government permission. As for lawsuits that the
legislation was intended to curb, the csgv has vindictively pursued
the law-abiding firearms industry in the courts, with Horwitz
bluntly telling the Tampa Tribune, "There's not a pot of gold at
the end of this. There might be a bunch of bankrupt
The csgv and Horwitz were deeply involved in the worst of
a long series of legal actions including the most outrageous--the
NAACP New York lawsuit. The suit-which ultimately lost-cost tens of
millions of dollars to defend, and was bankrolled by billionaire
George Soros. Soros also largely funded the Million Mom March and
has funded the Brady Campaign in its efforts to demonize the NRA,
and has a bigger goal-a global civil disarmament agenda.
So when Kerry broke his 100 percent streak of missing
Senate votes to join his allies Kennedy, Schumer and Feinstein in
adding poisonous amendments designed to bring down firearm tort
reform, he was saving the bleed-out-the firearms-industry agenda of
his pr benefactor, the csgv, and of its billionaire sugar daddy
In turn, Soros is pouring tens of millions of dollars into
radical leftist "progressive" groups that claim to be outside the
new Federal Campaign Finance Law and who are running massive
sleight-of-hand stealth campaigns to defeat President George W.
Bush and elect Kerry. Among the activities those Soros groups are
undertaking are unrestricted broadcast attack advertising intended
to defeat Bush. Of course, for groups like NRA, such advertising
during pre-election blackout periods would constitute criminal
acts. Ironically, this campaign finance law was enacted largely
through Soros' massive funding of special interest "reform" groups
pushing the anti-free speech legislation.
It is an evil circle.
Soros--whose Open Society Institute proclaimed that it had
worked "to reduce the corrupting influence of very large donors to
political parties and candidates"--is spending all he wants to buy
the White House for John Kerry. And if he succeeds, he will attempt
to buy the destruction of the Second Amendment, and to buy
influence over Senate consent to Kerry nominees to the U.S. Supreme
Of course, that Supreme Court holds freedom's very future.
At stake is the control of government by zealots who have little
regard for the real rights of individual Americans, and who see
this next four years as an opportunity to change our system from a
government of the people, by the people and for the people to a
system where the people are merely servants of
And at the heart of that threatened change is who will
fill upcoming vacancies in the United States Supreme Court. In the
last year, we saw a slim 5-to-4 majority of that court deal a
terrible blow to the First Amendment, declaring an obviously
unconstitutional ban on political free speech to be constitutional.
It was unthinkable.
Imagine if the enemies of the Second Amendment were able,
through a Kerry presidency, to install their puppets on that court
in the near future. That's what we are all facing in this election.
If Kerry can pack the court with people like Chuck Schumer, the
Second Amendment as an individual right will be rendered null and