Owning a gun a disqualification in Obama administration

posted at 9:18 am on November 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

If a job application included a question about religion, especially for a government position, First Amendment advocates would rightly go ballistic.  The ire of Second Amendment activists is easily understood, then, arising from the questionnaire prospective Obama administration employees must complete.  The 59th question demands to know whether the applicant or anyone in his/her family owns a firearm, a sign of the hostility we expected to see towards gun owners from Barack Obama:

But even some Democrats and transition experts are baffled by the inclusion of the question.

Tucked in at the end of the questionnaire and listed under “Miscellaneous,” it reads: “Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.” …

It’s just one question on a lengthy personnel form — No. 59 on a 63-question list — but the furor over the query is a vivid reminder of the intensity of support for Second Amendment rights and signals the scrutiny Obama is likely to receive from the ever-vigilant gun lobby.

Obama’s transition team declined to go into detail on why they included the question, suggesting only that it was done to ensure potential appointees were in line with gun laws.

Oh, I get it.  Rather than just ask the traditional question about prior convictions, Team Obama wants to proactively ensure that their applicants don’t break laws.  Will we see questions like this?

  • Do you have children?  Please list proof that you haven’t beat or molested them.
  • Do you have pets?  Please list proof that you have them spayed or neutered.
  • Do you have alcoholic beverages in your house?  Please list proof that you’re not an alcoholic.
  • Do you have satellite television service?  Please list proof that you don’t buy pay-per-view porno or professional wrestling.

No, of course not, nor should we … well, perhaps except for the professional wrestling question, but we’ll work on that later.  Team Obama isn’t interested in enforcing gun laws through job applications.  They don’t want gun owners working in the administration, and they’re screening for that right up front.

Gun ownership is a constitutional right.  Employment discrimination on that basis should be illegal.  It certainly should be exposed so that we can get a sense of how the man who will swear to protect and defend the Constitution plans on doing either for the entire Constitution.

Will a religious test come next in the Obama vetting process?


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But I saw an Obama ad where a guy told me Obama was a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Obama wouldn’t lie to me… would he?

BadgerHawk on November 21, 2008 at 9:21 AM

I’m already sick of this moron and everyone around him.

gringo69 on November 21, 2008 at 9:22 AM

No, of course not, nor should we … well, perhaps except for the professional wrestling question, but we’ll work on that later.

Wrestling is real and therefore legitimate. You should be asking if he’ll allow pay-per-view boxing, which we all know is rigged.

Team Obama isn’t interested in enforcing gun laws through job applications. They don’t want gun owners working in the administration, and they’re screening for that right up front.

Question 1: Will this questionaire apply to Obama’s Secret Service detail?

Question 2: Doesn’t this just make (theoretical) armed revolution even easier?

BKennedy on November 21, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Do you see how corrupt these people are? It’s flat out dishonesty on all levels. It’s like, “We’re liars, you just can’t prove it”.

marklmail on November 21, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Do you have satellite television service? Please list proof that you don’t buy pay-per-view porno or professional wrestling.

And you better not watch NASCAR, huntin’ shows, Fox News, evangelical preachers, Walker Texas Ranger, or TNN, or PBR either.

forest on November 21, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Gun ownership is a hate crime.

petefrt on November 21, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Well, he has to start his list of American gun owners someplace. The confiscation crews have to know where to look. :)

RBMN on November 21, 2008 at 9:26 AM

It’s cool to be American again!

artist on November 21, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Question #64: Do you have a swimming pool in your back yard? Do you have a fence around the pool? Has a child ever drowned in your pool?

Question #65: Have you or any members of your family been in a hospitable? Has anyone died there? Do you know any doctors that has been sued for malpractice?

those are more ‘dangerous’ than guns..

DaveC on November 21, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Will a religious test come next in the Obama vetting process?

Yes.

Do you attend religious services regularly (at least twice a month?)

You don’t actually believe in it though, right?

So why do those on the left condemn Bush and Palin for being Christians, yet Dear Leader gets a complete pass for attending a Black Liberation Theology church and has said “We worship an awesome God”

As for my personal gun ownership, I’m not saying a damn word.

rbj on November 21, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Gun ownership is a hate crime.

Gun ownership is racism.

strictnein on November 21, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Well, as much as I think Obama is an idiot, I don’t think this question, as posed, is any but a way to make sure that someone doesn’t own a gun that is unregistered.
Obama’s team has learned that any little thing can be blown out of proportion.
So let’s say he was supporting a right to ownership of a gun bill, and his chief spokesperson is stumping for it. The anti-gun comes up with the fact that his spokesperson owns three guns, and non of them registered in a state that demands it…Obama is sunk.
Remember the couple of times of “immigrant” house workers destroying a politicians argument?

# Do you have alcoholic beverages in your house? Please list proof that you’re not an alcoholic.
# Do you have satellite television service? Please list proof that you don’t buy pay-per-view porno or professional wrestling.

Those two are on there…one about excessive drinking (have you had any DUI’s). The other was any porn sites you have visited or signed in as.
His team is smart, they know every little detail can be blown out of context…let alone a major one.
It is how the questions are used that is important…and as Conservatives, we believe the employer has every right to decide who he wants to employ.

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Have you, or anyone in your family, ever had an abortion? If yes, please explain.

Males only: Have you ever impregnated a woman who later aborted the fetus? If yes, did you pay for the abortion?

scatbug on November 21, 2008 at 9:30 AM

As for my personal gun ownership, I’m not saying a damn word.

rbj on November 21, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Oops.

You’re on the list.

BadgerHawk on November 21, 2008 at 9:30 AM

The question isn’t shocking. He wants to make sure when he changes the gun laws there is no one on his team that would speak out against him or look like a hypocrite.

sammypants on November 21, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Question #67- Have you ever read “Atlas Shrugged” and do you know who John Galt is?

MNDavenotPC on November 21, 2008 at 9:31 AM

Owning a gun a disqualification in Obama administration

Do you have any evidence this is in fact the case? Or are you just surmising it from the fact the question is being asked? That’s quite a leap in logic.

I think it’s a dumb question too, but I doubt anyone who states they have .22 in the closet their Dad passed down to them is going to be disqualified.

JaHerer22 on November 21, 2008 at 9:31 AM

So let’s say he was supporting a right to ownership of a gun bill, and his chief spokesperson is stumping for it.

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:30 AM

In what alternative reality universe does that take place?

BadgerHawk on November 21, 2008 at 9:32 AM

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Agreed. I think they are just interested in avoiding any embarrassing scenarios…they are all about imagery remember.

joepub on November 21, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Question #64; Have you or any aquaintance or family member ever watched FOXNEWS or read HOTAIR at any time in the past? If so, please explain yourself on the way out the door.

Griz on November 21, 2008 at 9:32 AM

have you or anyone in your family listen to talk radio

rico101 on November 21, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Never fear! If The One comes after your gun, Greasy Joe will be there to protect you with his ‘gat!

/sarcasm

Tremor on November 21, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Obama wouldn’t lie to me… would he?

BadgerHawk on November 21, 2008 at 9:21 AM

I just read he isn’t going to get rid of don’t ask don’t tell, at least for awhile. He is just making everyone angry at him this morning. Promises, promises.

sammypants on November 21, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Will a religious test come next in the Obama vetting process?

Oh Ed,
Why even give the “Obama is a Muslim” tools an opening?

Squid Shark on November 21, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Do you have pets? Please list proof that you have them spayed or neutered.

And they can’t be pit bulls with brightly colored lips. Brings back bad memories.

Karen_VA on November 21, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage

Yes, yes I do own a gun. I bought it from a guy at a bar one night when I was drunk and he came in scared, talking about how he needed to ‘lose his gat’, whatever that meant. He offered me his pistol if only I would buy him a drink. After he cleaned it off for me, I happily bought him the beverage of his choice.

DaveC on November 21, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Have you ever engaged in a sex act with another man in an alley or public place?
(If answerewd “Yes.” No problem.)

whitetop on November 21, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Question 64:

Are you Catholic? If so, have you ever been arrested for interferring with a woman’s right to choose?

PackerBronco on November 21, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Karen_VA on November 21, 2008 at 9:33 AM

That and they are trying to avoid a Micheal Vick type of scandal.

DaveC on November 21, 2008 at 9:34 AM

WOW! This really shocks me. Just shocking stuff.

Please explain to me how Obama’s alarming fear of guns and gun ownership is any different than the paranoid fear of most “conservative” Republicans regarding “illicit” drugs. NEWSFLASH: There is no difference.

sayabule1 on November 21, 2008 at 9:35 AM

right2bright

Inasmuch as WE are Obama’s employer…. I think it’s correct to go after this questionnaire.

MNDavenotPC on November 21, 2008 at 9:35 AM

whitetop on November 21, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Are we talking about an application for the Obama admin or Larry Craigs senate staff?

Squid Shark on November 21, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Isn’t there a “discriminattion against gun owners” lawsuit in this somewhere?

indythinker on November 21, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Agreed. I think they are just interested in avoiding any embarrassing scenarios…they are all about imagery remember.

joepub on November 21, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Then explain Joe Biden.

DaveC on November 21, 2008 at 9:36 AM

I agree with right2bright, this could be seen as Obama’s handlers worried about hypocrisy which is the only sin in the leftist catechism.

Think about it, when you reflect honestly on it, wouldn’t you prefer Republicans avoid gay men on their staffs? Not because you hate gays, but because we have suffered devastating losses in Congress due to a rogue gay male who idiotically preached against gays on the House floor?

Same thing here for democrats, I think.

jeff_from_mpls on November 21, 2008 at 9:37 AM

How, exactly, does a gun registration lapse in states that don’t require firearms to be registered at all?

James on November 21, 2008 at 9:37 AM

I think that whole questionnaire is a violation of your privacy. I would refuse to answer any of them!

There goes my White House job! lol

becki51758 on November 21, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun?

That Question is above my pay grade.

DaveC on November 21, 2008 at 9:39 AM

In what alternative reality universe does that take place?

BadgerHawk on November 21, 2008 at 9:32 AM

I meant to include or “argue the opposite”.
Look at the context of the argument, not the analogy as being exactly accurate (thus an analogy).
I don’t like Obama, I think is a bad choice…I do admire the way he is vetting the people, it will minimize the “Foley” effect.
The Republicans should be more into this…of course we would want someone without a gun to be suspect.
The irony, he is looking at Hillary, Holder, etc. These guys have such a terrible history. It makes the vetting of his 60+ questions laughable.

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:39 AM

John “Iddis whar I get wunna dem thar huntin’ licenses?” Kerry may have to stay in the Senate for a while. No cabinet post for you, waffles!

innominatus on November 21, 2008 at 9:40 AM

You’re usually pretty level headed ed but… biden owns guns. It would be outright bizarre for it to be a disqualification. For all we know he wants to suck up to gun owners by saying “look, members of my administration carry guns!” to soften the blow for any anti-gun legislation he may pass. Or he’s building up his centrist credit on issues he doesn’t really give a damn about.

Darth Executor on November 21, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Then explain Joe Biden.

DaveC on November 21, 2008 at 9:36 AM

No one can explain Joe Biden…the DoDo bird of the senate.

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:41 AM

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:39 AM

I knew what you were getting at, I was just giving you a hard time. I don’t have any problem with him vetting people either. But given his past on gun rights issues, you can understand why no one here would trust his intentions.

BadgerHawk on November 21, 2008 at 9:42 AM

biden owns guns.

Darth Executor on November 21, 2008 at 9:41 AM

The One knows better than to mess with Biden’s over/under. No force on heaven or earth could take away Biden’s over/under.

BadgerHawk on November 21, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Inasmuch as WE are Obama’s employer…. I think it’s correct to go after this questionnaire.

MNDavenotPC on November 21, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Sorry, it doesn’t work like that…we (gulp) hired him to run the country, and that means he gets to choose his staff, not us.
When stockholders select a President of a company, they don’t ask to also select his secretary, his accountant, his sales manager, etc.

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Since we’re at it again:

How do you wish well on holidays? Do you say:

a-Feliz Navidad
b-Happy Holidays
c-Merry Xmas
d-Merry Christmas-If so, explain why:_________________

ProudPalinFan on November 21, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Owning a gun a disqualification in Obama administration
Do you have any evidence this is in fact the case? Or are you just surmising it from the fact the question is being asked? That’s quite a leap in logic.

I think it’s a dumb question too, but I doubt anyone who states they have .22 in the closet their Dad passed down to them is going to be disqualified.

JaHerer22 on November 21, 2008 at 9:31 AM

Questions on these kinds of forms reveal disqualifying arguements, much like jury selection questionaires. No doubt, each question is weighted with some having more significance than others.

The presence of the question on the form indicates that it is considered a potentially disqualifying factor. It doesn’t necessisarily mean that a ‘yes’ answer on this one item is sufficient to strike the applicant from the list.

BUT!! The mere presence of the question on the form blatantly reveals the prejudicial position of the O team.

LEBA on November 21, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Have you ever employeed a abed al-beit?

I’m just sayin! /sarc

DannoJyd on November 21, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Owning a gun is a Constitutional right. Freedom of free political speech is also a Constitutional right. Will political expression be the next criteria for not hiring? This fledgling Marxist administration and its goons are extremely dangerous to everything the Republic stands for.

rplat on November 21, 2008 at 9:47 AM

pay-per-view porno or professional wrestling.

Isn’t that the same thing? Ba-dum-bum..

Seriously, just a sign of the coming intrusiveness of Team Obama. Hold on to your rights, they will be slowly chipped away by this administration.

vcferlita on November 21, 2008 at 9:49 AM

But given his past on gun rights issues, you can understand why no one here would trust his intentions.

BadgerHawk on November 21, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Got it, and I don’t think you are incorrect (I did mean to throw that other in after I wrote the sentence because it was a little bizarre scenario).
I think the journalists have forced all candidates from now on to do this.
The journalists will take one little instance (We can see Russia from Alasksa…100 hundred years…Joe the Plumber and no license), and it will destroy an argument.
Imagine introducing a “porn law”, and finding out your assistant to an assistant is registered on 6 porn sites.
That is what they are paranoid about, what they don’t realize is that sh*t happens.

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:50 AM

“Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun? If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.”

# Have you or any member of your family ever driven Ted Kennedy’s car? Please also describe how and by whom it was driven and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.

petefrt on November 21, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Does this mean that Secret Service will be using tasers and billy clubs?

sherry on November 21, 2008 at 9:52 AM

WOW! This really shocks me. Just shocking stuff.

Please explain to me how Obama’s alarming fear of guns and gun ownership is any different than the paranoid fear of most “conservative” Republicans regarding “illicit” drugs. NEWSFLASH: There is no difference.

sayabule1 on November 21, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Um, last I checked, illicit drug use wasn’t a guaranteed right under the Constitution. So . . . try again.

NoLeftTurn on November 21, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Does this mean that Obama won’t be recruiting any one from the military?

Rovin on November 21, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Are you now, or have you ever been bitter or clingy?

Laura in Maryland on November 21, 2008 at 9:53 AM

BUT!! The mere presence of the question on the form blatantly reveals the prejudicial position of the O team.

LEBA on November 21, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Or, when he begins debating various gun options, and someone from the NRA says “you don’t own a gun” and he says, listen I don’t, but 63% of my staff does and I had no problem hiring them so your argument is wrongheaded…of course this argument doesn’t work with porn…

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Um, last I checked, illicit drug use wasn’t a guaranteed right under the Constitution. So . . . try again.

NoLeftTurn on November 21, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Plus, drug use opponents are not split on party lines. It’s not a conservative or a liberal issue at all.

Darth Executor on November 21, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Please explain to me how Obama’s alarming fear of guns and gun ownership is any different than the paranoid fear of most “conservative” Republicans regarding “illicit” drugs. NEWSFLASH: There is no difference.

sayabule1 on November 21, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Here we have a serious, intellectual discussion, some pro, some con…and in comes this idiotic post.
Aren’t you ashamed…now you have to go back to the kids table, you are no longer allowed to sit with the adults.

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:55 AM

What’s next?

You HAVE TO have a prius?

Sir Napsalot on November 21, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Did you vote for me?

If so why are you a complete idiot?

sammypants on November 21, 2008 at 9:58 AM

DaveC on November 21, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Point taken.

But I stand by my statement.

joepub on November 21, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Question # 70

Do you have any objection to quartering troops members of the Civilian National Security Force in your home?

If so, why are you such a racist?

Oh wait, that question is not for Dear Leader’s staff but rather for the rest of us.

rbj on November 21, 2008 at 9:59 AM

WOW! This really shocks me. Just shocking stuff.

Please explain to me how Obama’s alarming fear of guns and gun ownership is any different than the paranoid fear of most “conservative” Republicans regarding “illicit” drugs. NEWSFLASH: There is no difference.

sayabule1 on November 21, 2008 at 9:35 AM

That comment is insane but accurately reflects the liberal mindset. Please find a place to comment where utter irrationality is the norm.

rplat on November 21, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Question # 77: “Do you have any close friends that have been labeled “unrepentant domestic terrorist” or that show religious bigotry that hates America”?

YOUR HIRED!

Rovin on November 21, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Why in the world is Obama so into this gun issue?

I wonder if when he was younger, somebody aimed one at him and the trauma never went away. Hey I have been robbed with a Magnum. That was not pretty. And, at 5 PM!!!! My godson was outside playing! Thank Jesus he did not take my wallet, and my car!

But because I was told not to press charges, he kept looming around the neighborhood to get to me again. That time, I knew he wanted my car. Therefore, I moved out.

ProudPalinFan on November 21, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Employment discrimination on that basis should be illegal.

Except that I believe that Congress has excluded the Federal government from employment discrimination laws.

quikstrike98 on November 21, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Ted Kennedy’s car has killed more people than my gun.

MadisonConservative on November 21, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Everybody, to be safe I guess we can cheat with bows and arrows, crossbows, swords, Ninja stars, nunchucks, baseball bats, golf clubs, Sushi knives, Chinese massage balls, and hockey sticks?

ProudPalinFan on November 21, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Pro wrestling?

Mazztek on November 21, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Have you, or anyone in your family, ever had an abortion? If yes, please explain.

Males only: Have you ever impregnated a woman who later aborted the fetus? If yes, did you pay for the abortion?

Do you have any children? Why didn’t you abort them?

txdoc on November 21, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Please explain to me how Obama’s alarming fear of guns and gun ownership is any different than the paranoid fear of most “conservative” Republicans regarding “illicit” drugs. NEWSFLASH: There is no difference.

sayabule1 on November 21, 2008 at 9:35 AM

I don’t think republican’s have a fear of drugs.. a realistic view of people who use them and (with pot, at least) know how the most avid users of it are not much better than bumps on a log.. for the most part, I think drugs and drug use show a level of maturity..

the immature party (democrats) want to legitimize drugs.
the mature party ( You know who :) want to ban/control them.

I had a very libertarian view of pot use more than 6 and a half years ago.. it’s amazing how much you grow up when you find out you are going to be a dad..

DaveC on November 21, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Are you a Chicago Cubs fan?…we don’t hire losers…

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Man, have you read through their questionnaire? It’s like a Stasi interrogation.

CP on November 21, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Do you understand Joe Biden? If yes, then you are not hired…

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 10:13 AM

“Will a religious test come next in the Obama vetting process?”

Why yes, that question from the Obama Administration Questionaire is right here:

“Are you an Anti-American/Pro-Jihadi/Anti-Semitic/Anti-White Racist Marxist-Muslim with No Qualifications whatsoever other than your plans to Destroy America?

If Yes, you are IMMEDIATELY Qualified to work in my Administration, please apply within!

Dale in Atlanta on November 21, 2008 at 10:14 AM

This rivoting testimony is five years old, but still one of the best I’ve seen watching a lady explain to a senate panel what the 2nd amendment means to the people. It’s around 8 minutes long, but well worth the watch.

Rovin on November 21, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Barry O could not pass his own vetting! nor get a security rating!

grapeknutz on November 21, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Everybody, to be safe I guess we can cheat with bows and arrows, crossbows, swords, Ninja stars, nunchucks, baseball bats, golf clubs, Sushi knives, Chinese massage balls, and hockey sticks?

ProudPalinFan on November 21, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Pool cues, broken beer bottles, big dogs, Chuck Norris… We have plenty of alternatives :)

Karen_VA on November 21, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Are you a Chicago Cubs fan?…we don’t hire losers…

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 10:12 AM

OUCH! You’re brutal r2b.

Rovin on November 21, 2008 at 10:15 AM

sammypants on November 21, 2008 at 9:58 AM

I’d vote for you.

BadgerHawk on November 21, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Please provide proof that you do not watch pay-per-view pornography, or listen to Rush Limbaugh.

Steve Z on November 21, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Please provide proof that you were born in the United States of America. We’re still waiting, Mr. President-Elect.

Steve Z on November 21, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Obama’s transition team declined to go into detail on why they included the question, suggesting only that it was done to ensure potential appointees were in line with gun laws.

Please. If anyone thinks there isn’t a hidden reason here, you are at best, naive. Nobody asks a question like that unless they have a reason.
How can you expect me to believe anything this guys says? Every video, interview, etc.. that I’ve ever heard or read is full of contradictions & double-talk.
I am a bitter, religious, gun clinging nut. And very proud of it.

Badger40 on November 21, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Sounds a little unconstitutional to me. What else in the Constitution can’t you be allowed to do? Sounds like he doesn’t want anyone who exercises their rights. Let’s start with him verifying he’s a U.S citizen before we certify the election. They are trying to act like he’s already in office. We’re in for a long miserable ride is all I can say.

johnnyU on November 21, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Hillary’s looks have killed more people than MY gun.

johnnyU on November 21, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Sombody really needs to get hold of Virgina Sen. Jim Webb and ask him what he thinks about the questionnaire, given his past background. It would be fun to hear if the Senator is still supporting his new party leader’s line right about now…

jon1979 on November 21, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Off topic (sorry, Ed), but the local sportscaster on the DC CBS affiliate (Channel 9) was talking about how the Redskins have so many players in the Pro Bowl. He kept referring to the voting of Redskins’ players as “The Chicago philosophy of ‘vote early, vote often’” (or something like that). One of the co-anchors was not happy.

Interesting …

Karen_VA on November 21, 2008 at 10:20 AM

1.)Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun?

A.) No, we own weapons.

2.)If so, provide complete ownership and registration information.

A.) They are in my possession, and according to my State that means they are mine.

3.) Has the registration ever lapsed?

A.) No receipt, registration, license, or transfer document required.

4.) Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage.

A.) Me, wife, son, daughter, grandson, grandaughter, ex-wife, uncles, aunts, cousins, neices, nephews, you get the picture. None of the above have any holes in their bodies not put there by God. As for use, everything from opening cans to chasing off varmits.

Limerick on November 21, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Do you have satellite television service? Please list proof that you don’t buy pay-per-view porno or professional wrestling.

Excuse you, but pay-per-view porn is to be praised in an Obama administration. Remember, liberals love the First Amendment as applied to porn; they only dislike the First Amendment as applied to political speech other than theirs.

Outlander on November 21, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Question 2: Doesn’t this just make (theoretical) armed revolution even easier?

BKennedy on November 21, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Yes.We.Can.

Let’s hope for change.

Right_of_Attila on November 21, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Yes, I own a gun.

And 22 more guns.

Guess I’m not gonna get hired by Obama.

pseudonominus on November 21, 2008 at 10:24 AM

The Republicans should be more into this…of course we would want someone without a gun to be suspect.
The irony, he is looking at Hillary, Holder, etc. These guys have such a terrible history. It makes the vetting of his 60+ questions laughable.

right2bright on November 21, 2008 at 9:39 AM

If a similar question was on a Republican questionnaire, I hope it is worded as “Please list your personal fire arms and their registrations…”
The “if so” implies that the person asking the question thinks there might be something wrong with that.

Count to 10 on November 21, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Is this his way of finally dumping Beretta-toting gun maniac Joe Biden from the ticket?

saint kansas on November 21, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Let them know you conform to the U.S.Constitutions and all of its rights, negative and positive, *eye roll*, and with all state and local laws. That alone would put you moral miles ahead of most DC tools.

Meanwhile, “don’t ask, don’t tell” might be a catchy phrase to adopt.

Joan of Argghh on November 21, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Pro wrestling?

Mazztek on November 21, 2008 at 10:07

I’m contemplating a run for public office on a strong anti-pro wrestling platform.

Rhinoboy on November 21, 2008 at 10:28 AM

I see nothing in this report that tells me whether this is a separate questionnaire from the routine high-level background check required of all Presidential appointees. Asking whether they own a gun sounds reasonable to me. Non-sensitive positions do not require it, but it is possible that sensitive positions do. And while they didn’t require this question in 2000, that was before 9-11.

manwithblackhat on November 21, 2008 at 10:29 AM

In case of a Vince Foster issue, they want to know if you have a gun registered to you that they can plant on your body after the “suicide.”

/sarc (a little, anyway. They are bringing in a lot of clintonians. Just sayin…)

Mini14 on November 21, 2008 at 10:30 AM

right2bright,

Understand that this question poses an interesting problem. It assumes that registration for firearms is required. In fact, where I live, no registration, permit or any other form of license is required.

Our state Constitution states plainly that gun ownership is a right. In fact, our state requires police to issue a concealed weapons permit upon demand with very very few limitations.

We also have one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Go figure.

Seriously, though, I have NEVER understood the reason for requiring a permit to own a gun. We don’t require permits for speech or to exercise any other right. Why so for a firearm?

AW1 Tim on November 21, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Any word on Obama’s opinion about the Secret Service packin’heat?

Bicyea on November 21, 2008 at 10:30 AM

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