Obama’s (non) starting gun

President-elect Obama’s transition team is requiring would-be members of his administration to fill out a seven-page questionnaire. One question bothers me.

Looking for a job? You can download the questionnaire here. I guess I’m not qualified, for several reasons, one of which annoys me. As the New York Times reports, “Applicants are asked whether they or anyone in their family owns a gun.”

Obama tips his anti-gun hand

Gun control is big among Democrats, for reasons that are illogical and, frankly, stupid. Let’s cut through the noise: We have a poverty problem in this country. For all our wealth, a significant proportion of Americans live near or below the arbitrary Poverty Line. I firmly believe poverty is the single most-important driving factor behind most crimes, drug use, and domestic violence. If we effectively dealt with poverty, gun crimes would plummet. Absent significant efforts to reduce poverty, our crime rate will stay higher than it ought to be, given our alleged national wealth. Unemployment and home foreclosures brought about by the economic collapse will only make things worse.

We can, and should, do better. If Obama is serious about changing this country, turning against the millions of law-abiding, safety-minded owners of firearms is a step in the wrong direction. He clearly intends to exclude from consideration anyone who owns a gun, or has a gun-owning family member. Right away he’s writing off a large percentage of the population. So much for bringing us together.

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