Where the Candidates Stand

Obama, who also pushed to make the AWB permanent, was quoted as saying: "We essentially have two realities when it comes to guns in this country. You've got the tradition of lawful gun ownership. … And it is very important for many Americans to be able to hunt, fish, take their kids out, teach them how to shoot. And then you've got the reality of public school students who get shot down on the streets of Chicago."

His words demonstrate a gross misunderstanding about the Second Amendment, which is all too typical. It ain’t about hunting. It ain’t about plinking. It is all about being able to defend yourself, whether in your home from an intruder or from a tyrannical government.

McCain, in contrast, has a strong pro-gun voting record (see his official campaign statement here) and even joined a congressional "friend of the court" brief in the pending Supreme Court case on the D.C. gun ban that strongly endorses an individual right to own guns.

—John Snow