Friday, September 10, 2004

More on John Kerry

More from Andrew (in italics) -
the fact that he has one of the worse Senate attendance records ever does not strike you as something to take notice of?

Frankly, it doesn't tell me much. Maybe he was doing something more important while he wasn't in washington. Maybe he was connecting with constituents. I don't get any indication of the consequences of his absences. Are you suggesting he wouldn't do his job as President? George Bush is known for taking a lot of vacation and being away from the White House. Would you argue that he's unfit? Probably not. Tell me why I should care about Kerry's record. Then track down Bob Dole's senate attendance while he was running for President in 1996.

and don't forget that the catholic church is refusing to give Kerry communion becuase of his position on abortion and same-sex marrage (which means its more than a few bishops)

That's actually not true. A couple of Catholic Bishops have said they would refuse Kerry Communion, but Kerry has taken communion several times since then.

Our sacred U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights have absolutely nothing to do with recreational considerations, except of course, the general right to pursue happiness, which for tens of millions of American families includes a sundry of shooting sports activities. The second amendment is all about our individual right to defend ourselves. Period. Both from foreign and domestic threats, whatever form it may take. case closed.

Here is what the second amendment actually says: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

I don't want to get into a second amendment debate here, but realize that a lot of legal scholars (though certainly not all) argue that the second amendment says something very different than what you say it does. They believe that the framers intended to protect the right of the state to keep and maintain a militia. They argue there is no explicit right for an individual citizen to bear arms.

The point I'm trying to make is that reasonable people disagree with you. John Kerry is one of those people. Don't vote for him if you agree with his position. But it's naive to assume that he's simply ignorant and controlling because he doesn't agree. I also don't believe that John Kerry wants to ban the right of citizens to own guns.

In fact, look at this picture.

This is from the Kerry website. I'd be a bit more skeptical of NRA propaganda:

Protect Gun Rights And Stop Gun Violence
John Kerry is a gun owner and hunter, and both he and John Edwards support
the Second Amendment right of law-abiding Americans to own guns. Like all of our
rights, gun rights come with responsibilities, and John Kerry and John Edwards
support mainstream measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and
terrorists: enforcing the gun laws on the books, closing the gun show loophole,
and standing with law enforcement officers to extend the assault weapons ban.

Again, I'm not saying you have to agree. But lets actually debate the issues with real facts, not made up ones.



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