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FLASHBACK: In 1999, Obama wouldn’t support tougher prosecution for school shooters

Posted by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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In 1999, State Senator Barack Obama voted “present” on a bill that would require adult prosecution for discharging a gun in or near a school.

That legislation came as a response to the tragic Columbine High School shooting that year.

SB 759 provided that anyone 15 years of age or older charged with aggravated battery with a weapon in school or within 1,000 feet of a school would be charged as an adult.

It passed the Illinois State Senate in a 52-1 vote, with 5 members voting present — including Obama.

That vote followed a trend for the young lawmaker, whose controversial votes on crime legislation often raised eyebrows.

A Chicago Tribune editorial even accused Obama of being a “gutless sheep” for missing a vote on crime legislation in late 1999.

by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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29again
by Gold Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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It is so interesting how his view changes over the years...  He has FLIP FLOPPED more than any of his opponents ever did... 

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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But there will be tons of people defending him saying he has the right to change his mind (which is true) but when the opposition does it, it's flip flopping. 

Quoting 29again:

It is so interesting how his view changes over the years...  He has FLIP FLOPPED more than any of his opponents ever did... 


4kidz916
by Gold Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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On a different note, he sure has aged. 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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Hmm.

One could almost think a "present" vote on gun control in 1999 - and not calling for gun control laws in a first term (even in response to four mass shootings during that first term) until AFTER the 2012 election - may have been efforts not to have a clear record, so a candidate could be elected president by a majority of Americans, in good conscience, in 2008 and 2012, so he could pursue his true agenda after being elected the second time.

Anyone else think that may possibly be the case?

Citygirlk
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM

No.

Quoting 29again:

It is so interesting how his view changes over the years...  He has FLIP FLOPPED more than any of his opponents ever did... 


Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM

In 1999 I was a Republican- Things and people change.


Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM

They all do- one of my concerns with electing an "older" person to the Presidency.

Quoting 4kidz916:

On a different note, he sure has aged. 


Aivlys_
by Bronze Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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He is such a Flake, I mean fake.... Etc, etc. SMH
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by Eds on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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I think Paperplastic said it so well..hope she doesn't mind me quoting her.


Perfect.  He's now becoming the dictator he has been striving for, and helping further the police state.  Such a good president to want to protect my children from all of the legal law abiding citizens.  Wake up!  Each civil liberty is going one by one, and people just sit by and clap their hands.  SMH!  

Gabrielle30
by New Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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um voting "present" is not voting "no."

There is SO much info available to you on the internet that explains Obama's "present" votes in the Illinois congress. Inform yourself before you post.

And also... http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/newtown.asp

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