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Coats Standing Up for the Second Amendment is News to Gun Owners

From HoosierAccess:

I’m amused by the “shoot first, ask questions later” response from the Marlin Stutzman crowd after I wrote about how the State Senator voted for the highest tax increase in state history.  That said, it’s time to take heat from the establishment crowd.  Boy, I know how to pick my fights don’t I?

Last night during the debate, the topic of Second Amendment rights came up.  I couldn’t help but chuckle when former Senator Dan Coats spoke of defending gun owners.  When I see his ad proclaiming his support for Second Amendment rights, I almost want to jump off the couch and yell at the tv “LIAR!”  Why such a strong reaction?  Much like Stutzman’s record of raising taxes on small businesses in the midst of a recession, Coat’s record on gun rights and punishment of gun use in violent crime is far more appalling.  Did you know that:

  • In 1991, during the George H.W. Bush administration, Coats voted for a gun control-laden “crime bill” that included the so-called Brady Bill as well as a ban on semi-automatic firearms
  • In 1993, Coats voted no on mandatory sentences for using firearms in commission of drug or violent crime
  • In 1993, Coats cast another vote for the Brady bill, which was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.  He also voted for another ban on many semi-automatic firearms, both as a stand-alone amendment and again as part of the infamous 1994 Clinton crime bill
  • In 1994, Coats voted no on mandatory minimums for violent crimes with guns and death penalty for murderers

In my humble opinion, Dan Coats support for the Second Amendment is about as clear as President Obama calling for tax cuts for the rich.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.


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