by Joseph P. Tartaro
The Republican National Convention is history and the Democratic National Convention will also be over by the time you receive this issue of Gun Week. The 2000 presidential election campaign is about to begin in earnest and continue down to the wire on Nov. 7.
Despite what some polls and pundits may say at this time it is expected to be a close race, and one of extreme importance to the future of the right to keep and bear arms. Which party controls the House and Senate for the next two years will also be decided on Nov. 7.
During the coming weeks, Gun Week will report on the presidential as well as congressional races, but at this time we can provide below a snap-shot of the candidates positions on the gun issue.
Gores Gun Agenda
Should anyone in America still be wondering about Gores position on guns, besides his record during the almost eight years of the Clinton-Gore Administration, let me summarize some of the points directly from his campaign website (www.algore2000.com).
Gores proposed comprehensive plan to get guns off our streets includes the following:
In addition to his agenda for the future, Gores website includes a list of votes and accomplishments related to regulating guns and gun ownership
Bushs Gun Agenda
The Bush campaign website (www.georgewbush.com) lists these positions on gun issues:
Bushs website also notes that as governor of Texas he signed into law that states current right-to-carry law as well as state legislation to prevent municipalities and counties from filing frivolous lawsuits against the firearms industry
Third Party Gun Agendas
There are prospective voters who are interested in the firearms issue positions of third party candidates. None of the minor party and independent candidates is likely to win the election but they may influence which of the major party candidates does.
The most important of the third parties in possible influence is the Green Party, whose candidate is Ralph Nader. Nader and the Green platform lay claim to supporting the Second Amendment but their support for many gun initiatives are problematic. People who are interested can get details of those positions on their websites, www.greenparty.org or www.nader2000.com.
The Libertarian Party, whose candidate is Harry Browne, is the most clearly pro-gun and its candidate the most unequivocal on the right to keep and bear arms. For details on the Internet, log on to www.lp.org.
The Reform Partys situation is still uncertain. Pat Buchanan, who is pro-gun, claims to be the partys candidate for president. John Hagelin, who is also pro-gun, also claims the partys endorsement. Which candidate will actually represent the party may not be decided until after appeals to the Federal Election Commission and court challenges.
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