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Kerry Secures Democratic Presidential Nomination

Friday, March 5, 2004

On the day he wrapped up the Democratic Presidential nomination, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) proved that actions speak louder than words, and once again confirmed his hostility toward the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

Despite ridiculous rhetoric about being a supporter of the Second Amendment, Kerry`s voting record shows that his perennial F-rating from NRA`s Political Victory Fund is well deserved. The Massachusetts Senator, who has been AWOL from Washington for months while he`s been running for President, returned to Washington on Tuesday, and spoke in favor of, and then voted for, the Feinstein Amendment. Senator Kerry also voted for the McCain-Reed gun show amendment. These were the first votes Kerry had cast this year. Kerry was joined by his vanquished primary opponent, Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.), who also supported the two measures.

While Kerry will have to worry about his anti-gun voting record dogging him during the presidential campaign, one thing he won`t have to worry about is something he uttered last year: "I am not looking to be the candidate of the NRA."

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.