GOP Presidential Candidates – Principled or ‘Political Animals’? – Jeff Knox Discusses Their Views On Gun Rights, Economy, and Constitution

GOP Presidential Candidates – Principled or ‘Political Animals’? – Jeff Knox Discusses Their Views On Gun Rights, Economy, and Constitution

Jeff Knox has a thoughtful article on the various GOP Presidential candidates. ‘Political animals’, what a name.

. . . Among the Republican candidates we see plenty of narcissism with very little principled commitment to constitutional ideals. Gingrich, Romney, and Perry, while they display some differences on policy matters, are, above all, political animals running to be President and have demonstrated a willingness to shift their policies and agenda as needed to advance their political ambitions. Bachman and Santorum likewise show strong narcissistic aspirations, but with a bit more consistency regarding “social conservative” issues. Their dedication to those issues however, suggest a willingness to place the Constitution behind their own religious and social preferences – acceptable on a personal level, but not in an official capacity.

Of all of the candidates, the only one who could be characterized as being agenda-driven for restoration of the Founders’ Constitutional principles, and with personal ambition being a secondary, or even tertiary issue, is Ron Paul. Paul has a long and consistent record of unwavering support for, and defense of, the Second Amendment and the Constitution. The problem with Paul however, is that his agenda is perceived as too aggressive and there is significant doubt as to his ability to be able to put all of the pieces together to make it work. A president has only limited power and even if Paul exercised that power to its utmost, there is much to his agenda that would require support from the Congress – support that he simply would not get. As President, Paul would face constant resistance and undermining from not only Democrats, but from Republicans as well, along with opposition from the media and, perhaps most significantly, federal bureaucrats. Another challenge for Paul would be finding qualified people to serve in his cabinet who agree with his agenda and have the knowledge and experience necessary to be effective. . .

There are some interesting reader comments about the logic Jeff expresses here. We want to restore our country to the Constitution, defend gun rights, etc., but, but, but, but. . . Sorry, I just don’t share that view. Why even talk about the gun rights issues and then vote for someone else who doesn’t and won’t defend the gun rights of America’s millions of law-abiding gun owners?

Please click through to the article and read more here.

GunOwners of America – 2012 Presidential Candidates – Ron Paul A+ ; Rick Perry A ; Michelle Bachmann A; Rick Santorum B- ; Newt Gingrich C ; Mitt Romney D-

GunOwners of America – 2012 Presidential Candidates – Ron Paul A+ ; Rick Perry A ; Michelle Bachmann A; Rick Santorum B- ; Newt Gingrich C ; Mitt Romney D-

Is the media really reporting where the GOP Presidential candidates stand on gun rights and gun control? I do not think so. I have heard very little said about Gingrich or Romney on gun rights. Come on folks, comment on this and get the news out.

Read more about the GOP 2012 Presidential Candidates and their gun rights’ records at GunOwners of America here.

Newt Gingrich – Criticized by Georgia Guns Rights Groups as “No Friend of Gunowners”

Newt Gingrich – Criticized by Georgia Guns Rights Groups as “No Friend of Gunowners”

Newt Gingrich, as of this date [12/06/11], continues in his hopes and pursuit of the GOP’s presidential nomination. However, Newt’s past record on gun rights has some voters concerned and may become an obstacle for getting the GOP nomination.

Georgia Gun Rights groups remember Newt’s record as Speaker of the House when he demonstrated clear support for gun control. Will he be any different in the future? Georgia Gun Rights groups say no.

By Mike Hothi

Grassroots guns rights groups in Georgia blasted GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich today for supporting gun control laws during his time as Speaker of the House.

In a statement Monday, the group stated “Georgia Gun Owners know Newt’s history of gun control. He represented parts of our state for 20 years. He’s been playing both sides of the gun issue as long as we can remember.”

Prior to becoming Speaker, Gingrich had an “A” rating with Gun Owners of America (GOA). However, once he came to power the GOA dropped his rating to a “D.”

The activists said today that Gingrich spoke against more gun regulations despite supporting gun control legislation in the House.

Gingrich had stated, “as long as I am Speaker of this House, no gun control legislation is going to move in committee or on the floor of this House and there will be no further erosion of their rights.” However, Gingrich supported a gun control bill that stripped Second Amendment rights from citizens charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.

“Newt Gingrich is no friend of gun owners,” said the group. “I wish Georgia Gun Owners had a mountaintop to scream this information from.” . . . .

Read more about Newt Gingrich’s gun control here.

Newt Gingrich – Gun Owners of America – He Has a “Mixed Record” on Gun Laws

Newt Gingrich – Gun Owners of America – He Has a “Mixed Record” on Gun Laws

Gun Owners of America provides some interesting background on Newt Gingrich’s legislative record on gun laws. While in Georgia, he had been given an A rating by GOA, but once in Washington DC, he was dropped to a D rating. The article explains, rather unfortunately, that while Congress was controlled by Republicans, and with Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House, some very unfortunate anti-gun laws were passed. I’ve quoted a bit of the article, published September 30th, 2011. I think this is a head’s up for anyone who wants to protect their gun rights and the Second Amendment as they consider Newt for the Republican nomination.

Newt Gingrich on Guns: A Mixed Record
Friday, 30 September 2011 16:19
Prior to the “Republican Revolution” of 1994, Rep. Newt Gingrich of Georgia had earned an A rating with Gun Owners of America. But that all changed in 1995, after Republicans were swept to power and Gingrich became Speaker of the House.

The Republicans gained the majority, thanks in large part to gun owners outraged by the Clinton gun ban. And upon taking the reins of the House, Speaker Gingrich said famously that, “As long as I am Speaker of this House, no gun control legislation is going to move in committee or on the floor of this House and there will be no further erosion of their rights.”

His promise didn’t hold up, however, and his GOA rating quickly dropped like a lead sinker to a “D.” In 1996, the Republican-led Congress passed the “gun free school zones act,” creating criminal safe zones like Virginia Tech, where the only person armed was a murderous criminal. Speaker Newt Gingrich voted for the bill containing this ban.1

The same bill also contained the now infamous Lautenberg gun ban, which lowered the threshold for losing one’s Second Amendment rights to a mere misdemeanor.2 Gun owners could, as a result of this ban, lose their gun rights forever for non-violent shouting matches that occurred in the home — and, in many cases, lose their rights without a jury trial.

While a legislator might sometimes vote for a spending bill which contains objectionable amendments, that was clearly NOT the case with Newt Gingrich in 1996. Speaking on Meet the Press in September of that year, Speaker Gingrich said the Lautenberg gun ban was “a very reasonable position.”3 He even refused to cosponsor a repeal of the gun ban during the next Congress — despite repeated requests to do so.4

Also in 1996, Speaker Gingrich cast his vote for an anti-gun terror bill which contained several harmful provisions. For example, one of the versions he supported (in March of that year) contained a DeLauro amendment that would have severely punished gun owners for possessing a laser sighting device while committing an infraction as minor as speeding on a federal reservation.5 (Not only would this provision have stigmatized laser sights, it would have served as a first step to banning these items.) Another extremely harmful provision was the Schumer amendment to “centralize Federal, State and Local police.”6

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Read more on Newt Gingrich’s Gun Laws record at Gun Owners of America.