I am a hunter and a fisherman, have been so since I can remember, and as an adult have always had firearms in my house...I don't like the title of sportsman as I believe that killing things is not sport, but is much more serious that that title implies..
I see the NRA as an agent of the far right that is present in our society, at least they appear that way....I do not want them to represent my rights to own guns , they embarrass me, and more so frighten me as a legitimate gun owner.
That aside, I see that readers of this thread felt threatened by John Kerry's supposed stance on gun control during the recent campaign...Perhaps influenced by the NRA ads that ran in the later part of it...
These ads were full of distortions and lies, but were believed by those who did not research their content.
First of all the ad said..."John Kerry says he’s a sportsman, so why did he vote to ban deer hunting ammunition and vote 9 times to ban guns?"
The fact is Kerry did vote for a proposal to outlaw certain types of ammunition. On that proposal it states that
"rifle ammunition designed or marketed as having armor piercing capability" should be outlawed.
The last time I killed a deer, it was with my old Winchester 30-30 It died very quickly, and I did not have to use armor piercing bullets..What the NRA said in this part of the ad is pure bull...political spin.
The NRA or anyone that believes them must not have read the actual proposed bill...the exact language of the part that pertains to this matter ..its intent is to ban
SEC. 5. ARMOR PIERCING AMMUNITION.
``(iii) a projectile that may be used in a handgun and that the Attorney General determines, pursuant to section 926(d), to be capable of penetrating body armor; or
``(iv) a projectile for a centerfire rifle, designed or marketed as having armor piercing capability , that the Attorney General determines, pursuant to section 926(d), to be more likely to penetrate body armor than standard ammunition of the same caliber.''
It goes on to say that Kerry..
"voted 9 times to ban guns?""
Six of the nine votes cited by the NRA were in favor of the 1994 assault-weapons ban.
The three other votes came in 1990 during consideration of an omnibus crime bill, and included an unsuccessful, early attempt to ban 12 specific assault weapons. The ban that later became law covered 19 specific weapons.
The ad further states...
"Why is Kerry sponsoring a bill in the Senate that would ban every semiautomatic shotgun and every pump shotgun?
"every" is a key word here and is an out and out lie...Far from banning all such weapons, the bill Kerry co-sponsored specifically exempted them..
"the ban "shall not apply to any firearm that--
(A) is manually operated by bolt, pump, level, or slide action ;
(B) has been rendered permanently inoperable; or
(C) is an antique firearm."
("The word "or" shows that the exemption for pump or slide-action weapons applies independently of the other two exemptions for antique or inoperable weapons.)
As for semi automatic shotguns..it said it would ban any semi's with
"a folding or telescoping stock . . . a pistol grip . . . the ability to accept a detachable magazine, or . . . a fixed magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds."
Anyone who knows about shotguns must take from this that it meant the "Street Sweeper" types of semi's that were popular for crowd control in South Africa in the good old apartheid days...
The ad also contains a Kerry Quote
Kerry:" I think you ought to tax all ammunition. I think you ought to tax guns."
That was a 10 year old quote (CNN interview,Nov.7, 1993) and was put in the ad completely out of context of intention..The discussion was about a crime bill that was being proposed to the congress.
Kerry said he favored a punitive tax on what the interviewer described as "cop-killer" bullets designed to mushroom on impact. And he also said he favored "more" tax on ordinary ammunition, as well as the firearms that use them. The extra money was to be used to support the crime bill.
The word "more" here is very important...Kerry isn't currently proposing any new taxes on guns or ammunition.
Last statement in the ad...
"Kerry a sportsman? That dog don’t hunt. NRA-PVF is responsible for the content of this advertising."
"That dog don't hunt" something that Larry the cable guy might say?
I guess they have to appeal to the redneck crowd as well as more intelligent people concerned with this issue...
The ad is presented in the best Carl Rove tradition, distortions and out and out lies about the subject matter....spin spin, spin - it makes me dizzy...although I must admit that I found several distortions and a few lies in the Kerry ads....but he was engaged with his enemy and was fighting the psychological pounding of character assassination...The flip flop, flip flop , crap of Mr. Rove..I think Kerry should not have joined the liars club, he may have lost by more, but he would have lost more honestly..