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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sarah shoots from the lip

Former vice presidential candidate, Tea Party hero and national embarrassment Sarah Palin said today that President Barack Obama would ban guns and ammunition if he could get away with it.

Well, no. Not by a longshot, in fact. But when has Palin ever let the truth - i.e. the fact that Obama recently signed legislation allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks - stand in the way of a good soundbite?

For Obama's real position on the issue of gun ownership, read this February 2008 comment by the then-presidential candidate:

"I think it’s important for us to recognize that we’ve got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets, and cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure that I think respect the Second Amendment and people’s traditions."

In other words, legal gun ownership by law-abiding citizens is OK with Obama. What he opposes is illegal gun ownership by criminals and people who are likely to use the weapons irresponsibly.

And Palin has a problem with this?



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