Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Kerry's Claim: Kerry Supports Second Amendment Rights.

The Facts:

Kerry Likes To Brag About Hunting. "'I go out with my trusty 12-gauge double-barrel, crawl around on my stomach. I track and move and decoy and play games and try to outsmart them. You know, you kind of play the wind. That's hunting,' said Kerry." (Craig Gilbert, "Bringing Candidate To Life," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/5/04)

But Kerry Received An "F" On The Most Recent National Rifle Association Report Card. (National Rifle Association, "NRA U.S. Senate Key Votes," 1985-2004)

Kerry Received An "F" Rating With Gun Owners Of America For The 108th Congress. (Gun Owners Of America Website,, Accessed 4/1/04)

In 1984, Kerry Circled "Yes" In Response To Question Asking For View On "Prohibiting Private Possession Of Handguns." (CPPAX Questionnaire, Candidates For U.S. Senate And House, 1984)

Kerry: "I Don't Want To Be The Candidate Of The NRA In This Country." (CNN's "NewsNight With Aaron Brown," 11/6/03)

Kerry's Claim: The President Should Not Have Let The Assault Weapons Ban Expire.

The Facts:

The President Initiated Project Safe Neighborhoods; Gun Prosecutions Are Up 68 Percent. Due to lax enforcement, gun crime prosecutions dropped significantly during the eight years of the Clinton/Gore Administration. The Bush Administration initiated Project Safe Neighborhoods, committing over $1 billion in federal resources to hire more than 750 state and federal prosecutors specifically devoted to prosecuting gun crime. By vigorously enforcing existing gun laws through Project Safe Neighborhoods, President Bush has increased the number of defendants charged with firearms-related crimes by 68 percent. Since Project Safe Neighborhoods was initiated in 2001, the violent crime victimization rate has dropped 21 percent. (White House Fact Sheet: "Project Safe Neighborhoods," 5/14/01,; DOJ Fact Sheet: "Project Safe Neighborhoods: America's Network Against Gun Violence," 1/30/03,; DOJ Press Release: "[John] Ashcroft Announces New Project Safe Neighborhood Records In Fighting Gun Crime, 12/11/03,; Budget Of The United States Government, Department Of Justice, Fiscal Year 2005,; Crime Victimization Survey, Bureau Of Justice Statistics, 9/04)

The President Has Never Backed Off His Position Of Support For Renewal Of The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. Fleischer: "Well, I think the President's position is clear and the President supports the reauthorization of the current assault weapons ban." (White House Press Briefing, 5/14/03)

The President Merely Backed Passage Of The Gun Manufacturers Liability Bill Without Unrelated Amendments. When the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (S. 1805) came up for a vote in the Senate, the President called for passage of the bill without unrelated amendments "to ensure enactment of the legislation this year." By voting to attach the unrelated assault weapons ban, Senator Kerry doomed both the bill and the ban; 90 Senators voted against passage of the amended legislation. (SAP On S. 1805, 2/24/04; 108th Cong., 2d Session, Vote # 30: Bill Failed, 90-8-2)

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