Yesterday Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Ks.) and Sen. John McCain’s senior policy adviser Randy Scheunemann held a conference call to address Sen. Barack Obama’s position on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to strike down the D.C. Gun Ban and Obama’s record of partisanship concerning the 2nd Amendment.
"I am very pleased to see the Supreme Court ruling on the D.C. gun ban case, finding that the Second Amendment is an individual right, and this has been a long time coming. It’s an important one. It recognizes the Second Amendment as the other amendments in the Constitution are an individual right,” said Sen.Brownback.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. McCain said the courts decision was a “landmark victory for Second Amendment freedom in the United States,” McCain then stressed however that the ruling did not mark an end in the battle for the right to bear arms.
“This ruling does not mark the end of our struggle against those who seek to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens,” he said. “We must always remain vigilant in defense of our freedoms.”
Sen. Brownback voiced concern in the conference call about Obama’s recent inconsistency regarding the ruling. "I am amazed at the flipping on this position by Barack Obama,” said Brownback.
“Initially, he comes out and says that he believes in banning hand guns. He is for the D.C. gun ban, and now seems to be sidestepping the issue and acknowledging support — at least saying that this seems to be a right. Of course, it’s an individual right. This is either an incredible flip-flop or incredible inexperience.”
Obama who was director of the anti-gun Joyce Foundation from 1994-2002 (an organization that has spend millions on gun control causes) approved of Chicago’s ban on handguns and there is no record anywhere showing that he ever disputed it.
Clashing with his previous record Obama said this in a paper statement yesterday, “I have always believed that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms, but I also identify with the need for crime-ravaged communities to save their children from the violence that plagues our streets through common-sense, effective safety measures…The Supreme Court has now endorsed that view, and while it ruled that the D.C. gun ban went too far, Justice Scalia himself acknowledged that this right is not absolute and subject to reasonable regulations enacted by local communities to keep their streets safe.”
“It does seem to reflect a willingness that as the campaign changes from a primary to a general, willingness to change on positions, to be more liberal in the primary, to moving more conservative in the general election. I guess I should welcome that, but it looks like, to me, either inexperience or incredible flip-flopping,” said Brownback regarding Obama’s statement.
McCain’s Foreign Policy Advisor Randy Scheunemann said “In his votes, you can see Senator Obama’s position clearly on Second Amendments. He has voted to ban guns. He has voted to allow politically motivated lawsuits. He has voted in the Illinois State Legislature against self-defense rights.”
“He has a clear and consistent record of opposing Second Amendment rights and our expectation is he’ll try to have it both ways and say that he supports the decision today even though he was unable to express support for it at any time over the previous period of months when he was asked about it.”