Presidential Candidates’ Record On Guns Guide

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Presidential Candidate's Record On Guns Guide
Presidential Candidate’s Record On Guns Guide

Colorado ––(Ammoland.com)-  With the South Carolina, Florida and Nevada Presidential nominating contests soon upon us, I wanted to give you a quick update on the NAGR Presidential Survey program.

As you know, NAGR has mailed every candidate for President an official NAGR Gun Rights Survey.

Ron Paul is the only remaining Republican candidate who has returned his survey 100% in favor of gun rights.

Over the last few weeks and months, I’ve asked you to call the campaigns of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry to demand that each candidate return their gun rights survey 100% in favor of the Second Amendment.

Believe me, your calls worked. Representatives from each of those campaigns called NAGR offices, demanded we instruct our members and supporters to stop calling and to send them a survey.

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry were hurt severely in Iowa because they stonewalled gun owners by refusing to return their surveys, and I think the longer that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney ignore gun owners, the more it will hurt them as well.

Each candidate has the NAGR Presidential Survey in hand. However, we didn’t stop the calls, and we won’t. Each of the remaining candidates needs to know that gun owners have a powerful voice and we will assume that silence is a sign that they are hiding an anti-gun position.

I have serious concerns about Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Perry. It’s their records that worry me.

Let me take a minute or two right now to remind you about the positions of the four Presidential candidates who have so far refused to return their National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey.

Mitt Romney:
So far Mitt Romney has refused to respond to his NAGR gun rights survey, perhaps because when Mitt Romney was Governor of ultra-liberal Massachusetts he signed a bill to ban an entire class of firearms.

Would he do the same thing — or even worse — as President of the United States? His record indicates that he would.

Mitt Romney supports the Brady Registration Act, mandatory 5-day waiting periods, mandatory firearms ID cards, the Federal Feinstein Gun Ban (so-called “assault weapons ban”) and he signed the Massachusetts Semi-Auto Ban in 2004.

He even went as far as to say that he supported Massachusetts’ tough anti-gun laws: “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them… I won’t chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.”

And to throw fuel on top of Mitt Romney’s anti-gun fire, he received the endorsement of John McCain this week, who himself has recorded promotional commercials for anti-gun groups hell-bent on restricting our Second Amendment rights.

Rick Santorum:
If you’ve watched any of the Presidential debates, you’ve noticed that Rick Santorum claims time and again to be a “fighter” who has “led on conservative issues.”

Rick Santorum’s record on the Second Amendment, however, tells a different story.

In the 90s, he voted to support the Lautenberg Gun Ban, which stripped law-abiding gun owners of their Second Amendment rights for life, simply because they spanked their children or did nothing more than grab a spouses wrist.

He voted for a bill in 1999 disguised as an attempt to increase penalties on drug traffickers with guns… but it also included a provision to require federal background checks at gun shows.

In 2000, Santorum voted to force pawn shops to require a background check on anyone coming into the store to sell a firearm.

And then he voted with gun-controlling Democrats Dianne Fienstein and Frank Lautenberg to mandate locks on handguns in 2005.

But worst of all, Rick Santorum has a storied history of bailing out anti-gun Republicans facing reelection.

Rick Santorum came to anti-gun Arlen Specter’s defense in 2004 when he was down in the polls against pro-gun Republican Pat Toomey. Specter won and continued to push for gun control during his years in the Senate.

He also supported and openly campaigned for anti-gun New Jersey governor, Christine Todd Whitman.

It certainly appears that Rick Santorum has no regrets about his past anti-gun record. Worse, it appears he’d be happy to continue along this path as President.

Newt Gingrich:
For those who have followed Newt Gingrich’s career, the revelation that he talks out of both sides of his mouth won’t be a surprise.

Despite claiming to be pro-gun, Newt Gingrich’s reign as Speaker was downright hostile to our Second Amendment rights.

Newt supports the Brady National Gun Registry, a national biometric thumbprint database for gun purchasers, the Lautenberg Gun Ban and the “Criminal Safezones Act.”

Newt doesn’t think the Brady Instant Gun Registry goes far enough — he wants thumbprints:

“I think we prefer to go to instant check on an immediate basis and try to accelerate implementing instant checks so that you could literally check by thumbprint… Instant check is a much better system than the Brady process.” — June 27, 1997

Gingrich may claim to be pro-gun . . .

But his record indicates otherwise, and his refusal to answer his NAGR survey should give any Second Amendment supporter cause for concern.

Rick Perry:
Texas Governor Rick Perry has received an earful from NAGR members over the past several months for refusing to return his Candidate Survey.

His strategy seems to be to tell gun owners “trust me” while keeping completely silent on what he would do about our gun rights if elected President.

Over the years, gun owners have learned that this is a failed strategy.

George H.W. Bush ran as a pro-gun candidate for President in 1988, but when elected, things changed.

First, he signed an Executive Order banning the importation of so-called “assault weapons.”

Not only that, but it was under President Bush that “Operation Triggerlock,” which dramatically increased funding and power for the BATFE, was implemented.

Of course, as Governor of Texas, Rick Perry did make some minor improvements in state law for gun owners.

It is, however, one thing to act pro-gun as Governor of a state like Texas and quite another to be a pro-gun President of the United States.

Please keep up the pressure on these four Presidential candidates who continue to stonewall gun owners.

Give each campaign a call and demand the candidates return their National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey — at once:

  • Mitt Romney: 803-575-0698
  • Rick Santorum: 603-518-5199
  • Newt Gingrich: 678-973-2306
  • Rick Perry: 855-887-5627

You and I know that we have the most anti-gun President in the history of our country right now in the Oval Office … but perhaps even more dangerous would be a Republican with a proven anti-gun history cutting backroom, anti-gun deals.

For Freedom,
Dudley Brown
Executive Director

About National Association for Gun Rights:

The National Association for Gun Rights is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens’ organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Constitutionally protected right-to-keep-and-bear-arms through an aggressive program designed to mobilize public opposition to anti-gun legislation. The National Association for Gun Rights’ mailing address is P.O 7002, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. They can be contacted toll-free at 1-877-405-4570. Its web address is www.NationalGunRights.org.

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Jimmy
Jimmy
8 years ago

Now let's see just how big this wimp's balls are.

Yeah, I'm talking about Ted Nugent.

Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November.

I hope it's his own life he's taking.

Jimmy
Jimmy
8 years ago

Wow!

You have real insight, huh?

I'll tell you what.

You have four more years to propagate your allegations.

Obama wins again.

So all your accusations didn't do what you intended.

Looks like it was God's will.

Obama is our president for four more years.

Hard to argue that point, huh?

Judy
Judy
9 years ago

, but Holder is behind it and it IS Obama's DOJ covering for him,,, whats your point??

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

Well so much for the responder that claimed Eric Holder was behind "the fast and the furious".

The Justice has just reported he had no knowledge of anything to do with "the fast and the furious".

Now I'm sure there are you that will claim , "it's Obama's justice dept", and they just buried all of the evidence?

JR
JR
9 years ago

If the constitution protects rights and does not give them, lest they could be taken away, the constitutional amendment of prohibition could never have been passed. It thus banned a legal substance and then renigged years later with it's repeal. In addition, the argument fails with the 19th amendment. Thus, Women's Suffrage is not guaranteed by by God but by an addition to a document. The same document that guarantee's the right to keep and bear arms. If it can be given, it can be taken away.

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

I want to thank all that responded to my inquiry, but not necessarily for the content that was provided.

I now know that there was never any survey that was provided to the respective candidates.

It was all a ruse to obtain support for one intended candidate.

A "shoe in candidate".

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

You aren't thinking sir, which is my point. You rely on someone to tell you how to vote. You obviously aren't capable when it comes to making that decision. You'll vote however the NRA/Republican party tells you. You never question them, because they have done so much for you. Which is what? Oh, relieving you of your duty to think for yourself, and vote for someone that they choose. A real mental giant. They have no proactive stance on legislation. You all say that Obama is the most anti-gun president, but you have absolutely no proof of that. You don't… Read more »

Tie Toter
Tie Toter
9 years ago

Sorry, Jimmy. Obama is black by birth but an idiot by choice. Racism has nothing to do with it.

You want a black man for president?

Convince Thomas Sowell to run for the office and I'll shout his name from the rooftops.

But wait! Sowell doesn't believe in giving worthless parasites a free ride so you'd likely starve,wouldn't you?

Sorry I was so politically incorrect as to suggest something so unnatural as self responsibility and self reliance. What was I thinking!?

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

You sir are just a racist know it all.

You are the one that is brain dead.

Let me guess. You'll vote for Romney because he supports your cause.

Like you voted for McCain.

Smooth move.

You only vote for them if they're white, or better yet, white republicans.

It has nothing to do with guns.

You are so easy to read, while you hide behind your little groups of the NRA. etc..

I guess you have the inside information that god has ordained you and Romney too.

Pathetic.

Rick246
Rick246
9 years ago

Obama is trying an end run around the Constitution by using the UN International Treaty on Guns. Jimmy is a brain dead liberal, leave him alone. As for the white house, Da Bro Gota Go!

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

God has ordained our constitution?

Gheez, you are intuitive.

But with the condesending attitude you exibit toward someone that is genuinely digging for information, I sincerely doubt you have seen the survey either.

I might even agree that Obama has violated the constitution if I had a serious lapse of my memory.

But I'm certain George W. Bush totally ignored our constitution in the name of national security.

You may want to consider ginseng root for your memory lapses.

Has anyone on the list actually seen the survey, besides Mr. Stutzman?

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

I know about the fast and the furious and I fail to see how you can relate that to the conversation. How has the fast and furious infringed on your rights? Are the presidential candidates members? They have a right to see the form, but the average guy can't? As far as being able to read the line that you are referring to: I'm the kind of person that doesn't take what is fed to me as the gospel. If you have seen the survey and you agree with the contents, looks to me like you'd love to show it… Read more »

Jerome Stutzman
Jerome Stutzman
9 years ago

@ Jimmy, If you can't read the third paragraph and figure out that he did indeed fill out the form, your reading comprehension is lacking. As for looking for the form, as a member you would have easy access. Now, did you also look up "fast and furious"? Well of course not, that would pop the bubble that you live in. Obama is anti-constitution! And the 2nd amendment protects (not gives) the right to keep and bear arms. The thought that the constitution gives a right is wrong, that would assume the government has the power to take them away,… Read more »

daniel
daniel
9 years ago

ok' folks , if anyone has ever followed Ron Paul over the last century they would know were he stands on the Second Amendment the Constitution ,Civil liberties and less Government so it really doesn't matter if he returned his form or not, i for one know exactly were he stands on the real issues and if you care about the future generations right to be free then you will get behind the only patriot in the race and that is Ron Paul !!!

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

Well I'd still like to be able to read the survey.

So far it's all hearsay to me.

I'd like to see what it is that is so offensive to the remaining candidates.

Tom
Tom
9 years ago

Jimmy, re-read the third sentence of this post.

"Ron Paul is the only remaining Republican candidate who has returned his survey 100% in favor of gun rights."

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

Well the page doesn't say that Ron Paul responded to the agreement either. Just that he is 100% Pro gun. I don't know if that that is just a feeling, or that it is based on him signing, and returning the agreement, which it doesn't look like he did..

I tried finding the survey that they have been asked to sign, and return, but I had no luck locating it.

Has anyone seen it?

Paul E Mason
9 years ago

The State of the U.S. of America is in the hands of the voters……Rep. Ron Paul, R. Texas stands out by himself for a reason. He is for the U.S of America, and nothing else. Grow up, and by that I mean assimilate, or leave.

KillerB
KillerB
9 years ago

"And as far as Ron Paul is concerned, he isn’t going anywhere." BS! Ron Paul has already made great strides exposing the Federal Reserve / fiat banking cartel; educating and raising awareness of our constitution, economic deficiencies, destructive foreign policy. Even if he doesn't take the GOP nomination he has planted the seeds of genuine hope & change. Freedom is a popular idea and its gaining momentum. Even the coordinated mainstream media the most influential opinion factory in the world is having difficulty suppressing or controlling this growing awareness. The old left/right paradigm is collapsing to dust and we can… Read more »

Barbara
Barbara
9 years ago

They slice it they dice it – the only candidate who will actually do what he says is Ron Paul. If you don't want Romney or Obama (I agree the same bird), then we all better get behind Ron Paul and support him. There is no compromise on the constitution. Gun rights to now the NDAA where they can detain you as a terrorist without due process. Get these crooks out.

Tom
Tom
9 years ago

I agree with Daniel. Instead of complaining about the other NOT giving their survey, just consider it proof that they don't support it and tell your readers to support Ron Paul who is CLEARLY the only one that does support and is willing to stand behind it. He's the only one the actually cared to return it so give him your support!

Vote for gun rights! Vote for Ron Paul!

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

I'll get off my soap box now because I know none of you want to have an opposing view here. I'm sure you never have until now. But I'll bet you all $100 that when it comes time for the NRA to endorse a candidate it will always be a republican over a Democrat. It's their agenda, and it's what they do. So when Romney wins the nomination, you and the NRA will eagerly endorse him over a President that has never infringed on your sacred rights, just because the NRA has told you to do so. and because the… Read more »

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

No sir. It is you and your NRA buddies under the rock. You all influence gun sales with your claims, but you do nothing to lift yourselves out of poverty. You are all so easily influenced by the Wayne La Pierre's of the right that you fail to see the real truth. They all do the same thing by crying about abortion, yet do nothing. If they really did do anything to promote your causes, they wouldn't have you to thank for the votes that they rely on for their future political positions, and salaries. Look I own twenty seven… Read more »

daniel
daniel
9 years ago

Jimmy ,have you been hiding under a rock for the past three years or what ? no.1 = you need to drop the DEM and REP thing because they are just feathers on a wing of the same bird . no. 2= Obama has appointed some of the most liberal anti-gun members to very high positions such as Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and i'm sure you have heard of ' fast and furious ' if not i urge you to check that out . and what about the appointments of the anti-gun supreme court criminals? we could go on all… Read more »

daniel
daniel
9 years ago

would it even matter if the others would fill their forms out ? because we know were they stand on gun rights , Ron Paul is the only one we can trust with our gun rights and the Constitution so why don't NAGR , GOA and NRA just come out and endorse Ron Paul ? i do know that i will not support any one of these organization's until they endorse Ron Paul !!!

Jimmy
Jimmy
9 years ago

I am so tired of you guys saying Obama is so anti gun rights.

You and the right always say this about Democrats.

Even after three years of your threats, Obama has not infringed.

You create paranoia.

Give it a rest.

Wayne La Pierre is nothing more than a beggar republican, posing as a gun rights activist, while he stuffs his pockets with your cash.

Why can't you people think for yourselves, and find a constructive agenda?