David J. Lindstedt, Sr.
Here is the real record on Fred Thompson
Sun Sep 16, 2007 16:28

Here is the real record on Fred Thompson

There is your proof. Fred Thompson is just another NEOCON and
a CFR Elitist that is a control freak.

David J. Lindstedt, Sr., Hudson, FL 34667, former Marine Sgt., retired Army Master Sargent.

Chairman, Pasco for Paul Committee

Fred Thompson’s Anti-Gun Senate Record

The /Conservatives Against Fred Thompson/ volunteers have compiled a
list of proposals supported by Fred Dalton Thompson in the senate that
include Gun Bans, confiscations and limitations to the free speech of
Gun Rights Advocates. Dates and bill numbers are provided so this
information can be easily verified.* *Summary:* *

*1. Anti-gun terror bill (S. 735 )*
On June 7, 1995, the Senate passed an anti-gun terror bill (S. 735) by a
vote of 91-8. This version of the terror bill included: a BATF pay
increase of $100 million; a provision authorizing “roving wiretaps”
allowing government officials to wiretap one’s home if a person under
investigation visits the home — even if one had no knowledge the person
was a suspect; a weakening of the Posse Commitatus law to give the
military more authority to get involved in law enforcement in certain
circumstances; a grant of power to the FBI to conduct “fishing
expeditions” and secure one’s financial and travel records in certain
circumstances without any evidence one has committed a crime; and
finally, the “Randy Weaver entrapment provision” which extends the
statute of limitations for violations under the National Firearms Act of
1934 from three to five years. Thompson voted in favor of the bill.

*2. Anti-gun terror bill — final passage*
On April 17, 1996, the Senate passed the conference version of the
anti-terrorism bill by a vote of 91-8. The final version of the bill (S.
735) contained several problems, including ones that will: order an
“anti-hunter” rifle and ammo study; authorize a $40 million pay increase
for the BATF (through the Treasury Department); potentially punish gun
dealers (and individuals) for selling ammunition to someone they should
have known would commit a violent crime; federalize many state crimes,
thus tremendously increasing the scope and jurisdiction of the BATF;
restrict the right of habeas corpus in such a way as to severely damage
the ability of the courts to rescue honest gun owners who are unjustly
incarcerated; allow the government to use “secret evidence” against
certain individuals; remove protections against wiretapping wireless
data; and require banks to freeze the assets of domestic groups in
certain situations. Thompson once again voted in favor of the bill.

*3. Taggants in gunpowder*
On September 12, 1996, the Senate voted (57-42) to keep an anti-gun
amendment off of the Treasury-Postal appropriations bill (H.R. 3756).
*The Kerry amendment — which Thompson voted for*– would have made funds
available for a study of tagging explosive materials, including black
and smokeless powders (thus setting the stage for registering
ammunition). The amendment also sought to further demonize firearms by
selectively examining the misuse of firearms by criminals. The study
would not examine the number of times firearms are used to save the
lives of decent citizens.

*4. Lautenberg Domestic Confiscation gun ban*
On September 12, 1996, the Senate passed the Lautenberg gun ban as an
amendment to the Treasury-Postal appropriations bill (H.R. 3756). The
Lautenberg Domestic Confiscation Gun Ban disarms gun owners for small
(misdemeanor) offenses in the home — “offenses” as slight as spanking a
child or grabbing a spouse. This lifetime ban, in certain cases, can
even be imposed without a trial by jury. It is also retroactive, so it
does not matter if the offense occurred 20 years ago. Thompson voted in
favor of the amendment.

*5. Free Speech restrictions*
On October 7, 1997, the Senate defeated an “Incumbent Protection Bill”
(S. 25) which would have resulted in the government regulation of GOA’s
newsletters and other communications with its members, while expanding
the relative political power of the liberal media and other anti-gun
forces. Senators failed in their effort, 53 to 47, to shut down a
filibuster of the bill that was ostensibly aimed at reforming campaign
finance laws.

*6. Smith “Anti-Brady” Amendment*
On July 21, 1998, pro-gun Senator Bob Smith (R-NH) introduced an
“Anti-Brady” amendment that passed by a vote of 69-31. The Smith
amendment would prohibit the FBI from using Brady background checks to
tax or register gun owners. Further, the amendment requires the
“immediate destruction of all [gun buyer] information, in any form
whatsoever.” Finally, if the FBI disregards this latter provision, the
Smith language will allow private citizens to sue the agency and collect
monetary damages, including attorney’s fees. Thompson, in keeping with
his tendency to usually vote for expanded federal police power, voted
against this limitation of FBI registration of gun owners.

*7. Anti-gun Clinton judge appointment*
On February 11, 1998, the Senate voted 67-28 to confirm Margaret Morrow
to the Federal bench. GOA vigorously opposed this Clinton-appointed
judge, as she has not only taken strident anti-gun positions, she has
showed herself to be a gun control activist.

*8. Anti-gun Surgeon General*
Having nominated anti-gun David Satcher for Surgeon General, President
Bill Clinton was forced to wait several months as debate raged over his
controversial pick. But on February 10, 1998, the President finally
realized victory. By a vote of 75-23, anti-gun Republicans teamed up
with the Democrats to kill the filibuster over the Satcher nomination.
Mr. Satcher was later confirmed by a vote of 63-35. Since the key vote
was to end the filibuster, that is the one that was rated by GOA.

*9. Ending the filibuster of a major anti-gun crime bill*
On July 28, 1999, the Senate ended a filibuster led by Senator Bob Smith
(I-NH) — a filibuster intended to keep anti-gun crime legislation from
progressing any further. After the 77-22 vote, the Senate moved to send
the language of the anti-gun Senate crime bill (S. 254) to a
House-Senate conference committee. Thompson voted to break the pro-gun

*10. Young adult gun ban*
The young adult gun ban could severely punish parents who allow their
kids to even touch a so-called semi-automatic “assault weapon.” While
the amendment allows for certain exemptions, there are some imponderable
questions which NO senator could answer, but which a parent would have
to answer in order to avoid incarceration. For example: What is a
“semiautomatic assault weapon”? The definition, plus exemptions, takes
up six pages of fine print in the U.S. Code. Second, a child can handle
a banned semi-auto if he is in the “immediate and supervisory presence”
of a parent or if he possess a written permission slip from the parent.
But what happens when, during a target practice session, the parent
walks to the car to retrieve his lunch and the juvenile is no longer in
the parents “immediate” presence and does not have a permission slip? A
parent can receive jail time for this infraction. The provision passed
the Senate on May 13, 1999, with Thompson voting in the majority.

*11. Adopting the “Gun Control Lite” strategy *
On May 13, 1999, a majority of Senators — including Thompson — defeated
a motion to table (or kill) an anti-gun amendment introduced by Senators
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Larry Craig (R-WY). This amendment was offered as
an alternative to gun control proposals being pushed by Sen. Frank

*12. McCain’s Incumbent Protection (2000 version) *
By 59 to 41, the Senate passed S. 27, to amend the Federal Election
Campaign Act to include Incumbent Protection provisions. The bill
severely curtails the ability of outside groups such as GOA to
communicate the actions of incumbent politicians to members and
supporters prior to an election.

*13. Incumbent Protection (2002 failed filibuster)*
This was the key vote in the Senate regarding the odious Incumbent
Protection bill in 2002 (H.R. 2356). The legislation finally became law
that year. As he had on previous occasions, Thompson voted in favor of
the bill.

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