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Roseanne Barr on Gun Control
Peace and Freedom Party nominee for President
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  • Supports absolute right to gun ownership. (Sep 2012)
Joe Biden on Gun Control
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Public supports gun control; Congress has not caught up. (May 2013)
  • Moral obligation to diminish senseless gun violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Jeb Bush on Gun Control
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 4 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • Stand-your-ground bill: Deadly force OK when threatened. (Dec 2009)
  • Violent gun crime rate is down by more than 25%. (Jan 2002)
  • Use a Gun and You’re Done. (Nov 2001)
  • Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check. (Jul 1998)
Ben Carson on Gun Control
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  • Law-abiding citizens have right to guns without registration. (Mar 2014)
  • Extremely pro-2nd Amendment; never let anyone tamper with it. (Feb 2014)
  • Semi-automatic weapons ok in countryside, but not cities. (Mar 2013)
Lincoln Chafee on Gun Control
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)
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  • Common sense adherence to the Second Amendment. (Jun 2015)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
Hillary Clinton on Gun Control
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 23 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Rein in idea that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime. (May 2014)
  • 2000: advocate for national gun registry; 2008: backed off. (May 2014)
  • Balance lawful gun ownership & keeping guns from criminals. (Apr 2008)
  • Give local police access to federal gun tracking info. (Apr 2008)
  • Let states & cities determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008)
  • Against illegal guns, crack down on illegal gun dealers. (Jan 2008)
  • Backed off a national licensing registration plan on guns. (Jan 2008)
  • Get assault weapons & guns off the street. (Jul 2007)
  • Background check system could prevent Virginia Tech massacre. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: VA Tech shooter not declared a danger to others. (Apr 2007)
  • Congress’ failure at Littleton response inspired Senate run. (Nov 2003)
  • Keep guns away from people who shouldn’t have them. (Sep 2000)
  • Limit access to weapons; look for early warning signs. (Sep 2000)
  • License and register all handgun sales. (Jun 2000)
  • Tough gun control keeps guns out of wrong hands. (Jul 1999)
  • Gun control protects our children. (Jul 1999)
  • Don’t water down sensible gun control legislation. (Jul 1999)
  • Lock up guns; store ammo separately. (Jun 1999)
  • Ban kids’ unsupervised access to guns. (Jun 1999)
  • Get weapons off the streets; zero tolerance for weapons. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
Ted Cruz on Gun Control
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  • Opposes unreasonable and burdensome gun restrictions. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Opposes restricting the Second Amendment. (Oct 2012)
  • Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
Carly Fiorina on Gun Control
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  • Strong supporter of Second Amendment gun rights. (May 2015)
  • Opposed 1994 assault weapon ban; opposes no-fly list gun ban. (Oct 2010)
  • Let people on no-fly list purchase guns; it's poorly managed. (Oct 2010)
  • Assault weapon ban is arbitrary about which weapons qualify. (Sep 2010)
  • No-fly list is mismanaged; don't bar gun sales based on it. (Jun 2010)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated AQ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Aug 2010)
Jim Gilmore on Gun Control
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
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  • Supporter of 2nd Amendment rights; Americans can be trusted. (Apr 2007)
  • More gun convictions means less violent crime. (Jan 2001)
Lindsey Graham on Gun Control
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
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  • Opposed expanding background checks, except for mentally ill. (Jun 2015)
  • Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Allow firearms in National Parks. (Feb 2008)
  • Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal. (Feb 2009)
  • Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights. (Mar 2009)
Mike Huckabee on Gun Control
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
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  • Expand concealed carry laws; they have saved lives. (May 2015)
  • Second Amendment is about freedom, not about hunting. (Aug 2007)
  • Owns firearms; enjoys hunting; supports 2nd amendment. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports self-defense and ‘castle doctrine’. (Jan 2006)
  • Allow concealed carry. (Nov 2002)
  • Restrictive gun laws don't stop culture of violence. (Jun 1998)
Bobby Jindal on Gun Control
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
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  • Prevent publishing concealed handgun permit information. (Jun 2015)
  • Yes, we proudly love our guns and religion. (Mar 2015)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
Gary Johnson on Gun Control
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
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  • Supports gun ownership rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Laws regarding guns are ineffective. (May 2011)
John Kasich on Gun Control
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
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  • Cool off before making new gun laws after Littleton. (May 1999)
  • More parenting better than more gun laws. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
Peter King on Gun Control
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
Click here for 6 full quotes by Peter King OR click here for Peter King on other issues.
  • Block terrorists from buying firearms. (Sep 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated D by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
Martin O`Malley on Gun Control
Democrat
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  • Ban assault weapons, limit clip size, & require fingerprints. (May 2015)
  • Further toughen the enforcement of our gun laws. (Feb 2011)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
  • Supports restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
Barack Obama on Gun Control
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
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  • Stricter gun rules, with or without Congress. (Jan 2014)
  • Gun violence victims deserve a vote. (Feb 2013)
  • I believe in 2nd Amendment, but not war weapons on streets. (Oct 2012)
  • Fast-and-Furious: no prosecutions for Mexican gun/drug snafu. (Jun 2012)
  • Midwestern "bitter clingers" frustrated over broken promises. (Aug 2009)
  • Opposed bill okaying illegal gun use in home invasions. (Aug 2008)
  • Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008)
  • April 2008: "Bittergate" labeled Obama elitist. (Apr 2008)
  • Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok. (Feb 2008)
  • Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing. (Jan 2008)
  • 2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)
  • Concealed carry OK for retired police officers. (Aug 2007)
  • Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities. (Jul 2007)
  • Keep guns out of inner cities--but also problem of morality. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)
  • Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
Sarah Palin on Gun Control
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
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  • Gun laws just take away the good guys' freedom. (Mar 2013)
  • Open carry in city library and city hall. (Sep 2011)
  • 1996: Allow concealed carry in bars, banks, & schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Post-Gifford shooting: don't blame GOP & don't restrict guns. (Feb 2011)
  • Plenty of room for all animals--next to mashed potatoes. (Nov 2009)
  • Hunting provides organic protein sources. (Nov 2009)
  • Shot her first rabbit at age 10; freezer filled with game. (Sep 2008)
  • Hunts and fishes, as did her father. (Aug 2008)
  • Hunts as much as she can; freezer-full of wild game. (Aug 2008)
  • Supports ending D.C.’s 32-year-old ban on handguns. (Jun 2008)
  • Lifelong NRA member & champion of right to bear arms. (Feb 2008)
  • Supports Constitutional right to bear arms. (Nov 2006)
George Pataki on Gun Control
Republican NY Governor
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  • Ban assault weapons & require trigger locks. (May 2015)
  • Supports gun control legislation. (Dec 2006)
Rand Paul on Gun Control
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  • Oppose laws which would limit the right to gun ownership. (Apr 2015)
  • Don't let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment. (Feb 2013)
  • Patriot Act violates your gun rights. (Feb 2011)
  • 2nd amendment is only as good as the fourth amendment. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports 2nd amendment; vote against restricting handguns. (Jul 2010)
  • Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated AQ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Aug 2010)
  • Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
  • Liberty Candidate: no point in keeping guns you can't access. (Sep 2010)
Rick Perry on Gun Control
Republican Governor (TX)
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  • Taking away guns is knee-jerk reaction to gun tragedies. (Jun 2015)
  • Don't use school shootings to push gun control agenda. (Jan 2013)
  • Individual right to keep and bear arms. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
Marco Rubio on Gun Control
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  • New gun laws are ineffective, so don't pass them. (Apr 2013)
  • Has a concealed weapon permit, but does not carry a weapon. (Apr 2013)
  • Deal with gun violence, but do it constitutionally. (Feb 2013)
  • As Speaker, failed to push law allowing guns at work. (Jun 2012)
  • 2nd Amendment is a cornerstone of our democracy. (Feb 2010)
  • Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated B+ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Aug 2010)
  • Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
Bernie Sanders on Gun Control
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 9 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Mixed approach to gun control vs. gun rights. (Apr 2015)
  • I'm pro-hunting, but no one needs an AK-47 to hunt. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rick Santorum on Gun Control
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 7 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • Lifetime A+ rating with the NRA; despite trigger lock vote. (Jan 2012)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
Jill Stein on Gun Control
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
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  • More local regulations; more background checks. (Oct 2012)
  • Reduce culture of violence via mental health & legal drugs. (Oct 2012)
  • Gun at home more likely to cause injury than to defend home. (Dec 2011)
Donald Trump on Gun Control
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
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  • A very strong person on the Second Amendment. (Jun 2015)
  • I am against gun control. (Feb 2011)
  • Dems and Reps are both wrong on guns. (Jul 2000)
  • For assault weapon ban, waiting period, & background check. (Jul 2000)
Scott Walker on Gun Control
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  • Allow concealed carry as part of right to bear arms. (Nov 2013)
  • The Second Amendment is not optional. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
James Webb on Gun Control
Democratic Sr Senator
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  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad. (Apr 2011)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights. (Mar 2009)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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