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With the GOP primaries quickly approaching, I thought it might be nice to toss together an overview of how the candidates support the Second Amendment. Keep in mind, I’m not suggesting that you vote on just a single issue. Of course, that said, the Second Amendment is a big issue and should be a consideration in how you vote.
Before we get started, I wanted to add a quick note about the current adminstration. A lot of people say that Obama hasn’t passed any anti-gun legislation so we shouldn’t be concerned about another four years of this. I’m not going to go into too many details, but let’s just stick with these: Eric Holder and Fast and Furious; EPA banning all lead ammunition; Sonia Sotomayor; Elena Kagan.
Even though this is about the GOP candidates, I wanted to include Obama’s track record to not only remind you that we need to get him out of office, but also to remind you that a president doesn’t need to sign bills into law to submarine our beloved Second Amendment. These days there are a lot of avenues a president from either party can take to undermine the Constitution and still claim that he never signed anti-gun bills into law.
Now onto the Republican candidates. This list is not exhaustive, but I wanted to get some of their record of voting for or against the Second Amendment, and also a general “sense” based on what others have witnessed. Please comment if you have changes, new bits of info, or just want to vent. It’s all good.
Ron Paul
Ron Paul has a long track record of supporting the Constitution. He has a fierce support of the Second Amendment. He is the only candidate who says that the ATF is unconstitutional and should be disbanded. He wants to repeal ALL federal gun control laws. Ron Paul recognizes that the Second Amendment is there to protect us from a tyranical government (not just for hunting ducks). If you were going to vote based on a single issue, and that issue was the Second Amendment, Ron Paul would need to be your candidate.
Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachman also has strong track record of supporting the Second Amendment. She has been around firearms most of her life. While on the Minnesota State Senate, she helped pass the Minnesota Personal Protection Act. She co-sponsored a bill to help restore the Second Amendment rights to the District of Columbia. She signed the National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act and the Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. If all you were looking for was support for the Second Amendment, Michelle Bachmann would also be a great candidate.
Rick Santorum
Rick mostly holds the line for the Second Amendment. He has definitely voted the “right” way for a lot of firearms legislation. There was one tricky one that almost got me to grade him as a B. He voted no on a bill to ban lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. That made no sense to me….until I read further, and tucked in the bill was a 10-year reauthorization of the assault weapons ban.
Rick Perry
Governor Rick Perry also has a long record of supporting the Second Amendment. That said, he is on record to being against open carry. Now, I’m pretty sure that the Second Amendment doesn’t say we have the right to keep and bear arms in a concealed fashion. For that, Rick Perry drops a notch to a B+. Don’t get me wrong, he’s definitely a pro-gun candidate. I mean, heck, the guy jogs with a handgun to shoot coyotes that might attack his dog. 
John Huntsman
This might be an unfair grade, but I heard him say he wouldn’t veto an assault weapon ban. He retracted the statement later, but I just don’t know….
Newt Gingrich
This might actually be a better grade than he deserves. He claims to support the Second Amendment…yet he also supports the Brady Bill gun registry (making a national registry of gun owners), supports a national biometric thumbprint database for gun owners, supports the Lautenburg Gun Ban (strips gun owners of their Second Amendment rights just for spanking their kids), worked with Nancy Pelosi in support of the Criminal Safe-Zones Act, which would create gun-free zones (i.e., fish in a barrel) in every school in America. He probably should be a D, but I’ll stick with the C-.
Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney is definitely all talk when it comes to the Second Amendment. He supported the Brady assault weapons ban and said that he would sign a similar law if it came across his desk. He signed the Massachusetts assault weapons ban. He supports a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases. “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them; I won’t chip away at them,” he said as governor. “I believe they help protect us and provide for our safety.” As he started to eye the presidency, he claimed to have changed his stance on the subject. Of course, he can’t really hide his true feelings on the matter. They do leak out. He has said that “it’s okay to ban lethal weapons that threaten police”, and “…some types of extreme weapons, those which were not meant for hunting, sport, or self-defense, have no business being on the streets…”
 That’s it. Again, this is just how they stack up against the Second Amendment. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!