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What Does 100 Percent Pro-Gun Mean?

by John McAlister
U.S. Senate Candidate

Why would Samuel Adams say the following? "The Constitution shall never be construed .to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."

He said it because he knew that in the final defense of one's freedom it takes force to defend force. The Second Amendment's ultimate purpose is about defending freedom against tyrants, be they foreign or domestic.

As a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, I am proud to say that my party is the only political party that supports American's rights to keep and bear arms 100 percent.

I oppose all bans, taxes and restrictions on the ownership of guns and ammunition. I oppose all forms of gun registration. Registration is simply a prelude to confiscation. I oppose all waiting periods. Waiting periods violate your right to your own defense. I oppose all regulations and taxes on gun dealers. These unconstitutional rules and confiscatory taxes are simply a back-door attempt to prohibit the sale and ownership of firearms.

I'm proud that my party is the only political party that views gun ownership as a solution rather than a problem. I believe the most effective way to stop human predators is by repealing the laws prohibiting concealed weapons. Guns are the best defense an individual can have against crime, and the laws banning guns accomplish only one thing -- victim disarmament.

I'm proud that my party is the only political party with an anti-crime plan that's pro-gun and pro-victim restitution -- and which focuses on the true cause of our violent crime epidemic: Drug Prohibition.

Let's face it -- the last time competing liquor "stores" shot it out with each other was during alcohol prohibition. Today drug dealers are settling their disputes in the same way -- with gun battles in the streets. This prohibition-caused violence is being used as an excuse to seize your guns. Make no mistake -- drug prohibition will lead to gun prohibition.

It's going to take an outside political force.

Remember, the 1994 federal gun ban was made possible by the Republican Party. That bill, which banned 19 semiautomatic weapons, passed by just two votes -- with the help of 36 Republicans. Why did so many Republicans betray gun owners? Because traditional politicians view your gun rights as a chip, to be bargained away for things they value more.

I believe the right to keep and bear arms is a matter of principle. The Libertarians have had more than 25 years to sell out our principles for short-term political gain. But we haven't, and we won't. Why? Because in the long run you hit only what you aim at. In the long run we're aiming at ultimate victory which will be done when all gun owners who believe in the true principle and purpose of the Second Amendment will vote together as an outside political force -- a Libertarian political force which will stop the insane attack on gun ownership.

The right to keep and bear arms is being lost, slowly but surely. As a Libertarian Senator I will always vote pro-gun on any bill that threatens our Second Amendment rights. I feel like I have been betrayed by both Democrats and Republicans. They have forgotten that the highest duty of a member of Congress is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States -- not try to re-write it.

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Last updated: 12/24/99