In the debate tonight, Charles Gibson asked both democratic candidates why the sudden switch from emphasizing gun control to emphasizing gun rights.
Senator Clinton did about as good as an anti-gun candidate could do -- that is, support the Second Amendment, with a lot of exceptions. But Senator Barack Ernesto Guevara Obama decided the best answer was honesty.
"I have never favored an all out ban on handguns."
Did I say honesty? I meant a bald-faced lie.
Here's the questionnaire Gibson is referring to.
If Obama is telling the truth, then handwriting doesn't much matter; it means that this questionnaire falsely represents Obama's views by supporting a ban on handguns.
But it doesn't. He clearly supported the District of Columbia's complete ban on handguns, not very long ago. That and his voting record on guns doesn't really lend credence to Obama's newfound support for the right to arms.
So much for an Honest Conversation with America. But don't fear, Obama merely advocates commonsense gun control, like ending the practice of concealed carry permits:
"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."And other reasonable things like when he voted against exceptions to restrictions in cases of self defense. And this makes him just like you and me folks, just like you and me.
Update: Lying liars. This bit of spin made me chuckle:
"He may have jotted some notes on the front page of the questionnaire at the meeting, but that doesn't change the fact that some answers didn't reflect his views. His 11 years in public office do."That's just as damning, no?