Dick Cheney on Gun Control
Vice President of the United States under George W. Bush
2006: Accidentally shot friend during hunting trip
On Feb. 11, 2006, Cheney accidentally shot my lawyer during a weekend quail hunt in South Texas.
The accident happened at the ranch of my old friends, Anne and Tobin Armstrong. And the victim was Harry M. Whittington, my lawyer; his name appears on the
organization papers for Rove + Co.
Cheney had asked the Armstrongs how they wanted news of the incident to be made public. Anne decided she wanted the local paper to be notified first. I told Cheney that we needed to let everyone know, but he tersely
refused, wanting to respect the Armstrongs' wishes.
Cheney took full responsibility, saying, "I'm the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend, and that's something I'll never forget." We had a PR disaster on our hands.
The incident taught me th
VP could be stubborn and unmovable; I admired him for being loyal to his friends, but in this case, following their wished was damaging to the administration. It reinforced the impression that Cheney always operated in secret and distrusted the press.
Source: Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove, p.460-461
, Mar 9, 2010
Against banning plastic guns & cop-killer bullets
Cheney matches Bush--sounds moderate, governs right. Cheney's voting record in Congress was wiggy-right--against abortion even to save the life of the mother, against banning cop-killer bullets, against the Head Start, against a resolution to free Nelson
Mandela, one of four votes against banning plastic guns that can get past airport security--this is not a moderate record. On the other hand, his demeanor is between soothing and soporific., and he is vaguely remembered as a player during Desert Storm.
Source: Shrub, by Molly Ivins, p. 191-192
, Oct 1, 2000
Now might outlaw plastic guns & cop-killer bullets
Asked whether he would change a vote he cast opposing a ban on plastic guns that foil metal detectors or “cop-killer” bullets that can pierce police armor, Cheney said, “I’d be happy to entertain that notion. I don’t want to say that I’m absolutely for
‘cop-killer’ bullets. I’m clearly not.” Cheney said Democrats who then controlled the House had limited debate on the weapon measures and barred Republicans from adding amendments. Now, he said, he might support outlawing the bullets and plastic guns.
Source: Michael Finnegan, LA Times
, Jul 31, 2000
Trigger locks OK, and tougher enforcement
Cheney was one of just 21 members of Congress in 1985 to vote against a ban on armor piercing “cop killer” bullets. In 1988, he was one of only 4 members voting against a ban on plastic guns that could slip through airport security machines undetected.
Those votes were cast 15 years ago, said Cheney. “If you look at [Bush’s] package, there are provisions there that make sense,” he added, voicing support for the mandatory sale of trigger locks and tougher enforcement of existing gun laws.
Source: CNN.com, “Opens campaign in Wyoming”
, Jul 26, 2000
Opposed 7-day waiting period for buying guns
As Wyoming’s representative-at-large in the House of Representatives, Cheney had a strongly conservative voting record. He opposed the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion rights and a mandatory seven-day waiting period prior to
handgun purchases. He supported prayer in schools and the balanced budget amendment.
Source: MSNBC on-line news
, Jul 24, 2000
Voted against banning plastic bullets & cop-killer bullets
Cheney opposes gun control limits. He was one of just 21 members of Congress, in December of 1985, to vote against a ban on armor piercing bullets -- called cop killer bullets. Three years later he was one of only four members of the House voting against
a ban on plastic guns that could slip through airport security machines undetected. The National Rifle Association did not oppose this ban. Also in 1988, Cheney voted to scrap a proposed national seven-day waiting period on handgun purchases.
, Jul 24, 2000
Voted in Congress to weaken gun control laws
Cheney’s votes on key social issues bills in Congress:
Source: (X-ref Health) Congressional Record, in Poltics in America
, Jan 1, 1986
- Voted NO to impose textile import limits over Reagan veto (1986)
- Voted YES to weaken gun control laws (1986)
- Voted YES to reject hospital cost control plan (1979)
- Voted NO to establish the Department of Education (1979)
- Voted YES to approve anti-busing Amendment (1979)
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