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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Obama takes oil company donations; is against guns

Obama says he doesn't take money from lobbyists, PACs or oil companies, but opensecrets.org shows that he does.In Feb. he received $115,163 from lobbyists, $222,309 from oil and gas, $700,177 from insurance, $528,765 from Pharmaceuticals/Health Products, $6,793,380 from Securities & Investment, $1,380,108 from Commercial Banks, and $43,600 from Casinos/Gambling.

As for guns, http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ - rather than create a national registry, “I do think we have to do a better job sharing information between local and federal officials,” Obama said. He differs with McCain and Clinton about whether people should be allowed to carry concealed guns.

Clinton and McCain oppose outlawing it. “I am not in favor of concealed weapons,” Obama said. “I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations.”

Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions

Principles that Obama supports on gun issues:
* Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
* Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
* Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
Source: 1998 IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

In an article published on Townhall.com <http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/AmandaCarpenter/2008/04/03/obama_comes_out_against_concealed_carry> , he said:
“Barack Obama ignorantly believes that legally-armed Americans are as reckless and irresponsible as the criminals with whom his political sympathies evidently law (sic).”

He went on to say:
“He has been insisting for months he supports the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, but here he is now campaigning in Pennsylvania, stating essentially he would prefers Americans not exercise that right.”

Keep guns out of inner cities--but also problem of morality.

I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities, and that our leaders must say so in the face of the gun manufacturer's lobby. But I also believe that when a gangbanger shoots indiscriminately into a crowd because he feels someone disrespected him, we have a problem of morality.

Not only do we need to punish that man for his crime, but we need to acknowledge that there's a hole in his heart, one that government programs alone may not be able to repair.
Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.215 Oct 1, 2006

Obama did not hunt or fish as a child. He grew up in Hawaii and now lives in a big city. And as an Illinois state legislator and a U.S. senator, he consistently backed gun control legislation.

Finally, Obama didn't vote against the war, because he wasn't a Congressman and couldn't vote.


2 Comments: | Post yours

Blogger blp3 said...


Obama was being misleading when he denied that his handwriting had been on a document endorsing a state ban on the sale and possession of handguns in Illinois.

Gibson: And in 1996, your campaign issued a questionnaire, and your writing was on the questionnaire that said you favored a ban on handguns.

Obama: No, my writing wasn't on that particular questionnaire, Charlie. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns.

Actually, Obama's writing was on the 1996 document, which was filed when Obama was running for the Illinois state Senate. This is a story that has been evolving since last December, when Politico.com obtained a copy of the questionnaire the Obama campaign had completed for a Chicago nonprofit, Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization. One of the questions dealt with a ban on handguns and assault weapons, and Obama took a hard line:

35. Do you support state legislation to:

a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Yes.

b. ban assault weapons?Yes.

c. mandatory waiting periods and background checks? Yes.

In a new ad, Obama says, "I don’t take money from oil companies."
We find the statement misleading:

* Obama has accepted more than $213,000 from individuals who work for companies in the oil and gas industry and their spouses.

* Two of Obama's bundlers are top executives at oil companies and are listed on his Web site as raising between $50,000 and $100,000 for the presidential hopeful.

April 18, 2008 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Concerned American said...

Since Senator Obama is not telling the truth about these issues, the question is what else is the not truthful about. Think about it folks!

April 20, 2008 at 11:15 AM  

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