Dan Cooper founder of Cooper Arms recently made a huge mistake he decided to support anti-gun candidate for Presidential office, Barack Obama. CQ Moneyline compiles election records and reports that Cooper gave $3300 to Obama’s election campaign. First reported in a USA Today article on October 27, 2008; this political donation cause an uproar among gun owners, hunters, shooters, and the firearms trade as a whole.
Barack Obama has been identified as the most anti-gun candidate in Presidential political history, visit the NRA-ILA site for complete details on Obama’s position: http://www.nraila.org/OBAMA/With this information in mind firearms owners are hard pressed to understand how any gun manufacturer could be so reckless and foolish as to support Obama for any election, let alone the Presidency of the United States.
Cooper Arms posted an announcement on their web site, “Although we believe everyone has the right to vote and donate as they see fit. It has become apparent that the fallout may affect more than just Mr. Cooper. It may also affect the employees and the share holders of Cooper Firearms. The Board of Directors has asked Mr. Cooper to resign as President.”
Dan Cooper made a statement to USA Today on Thursday the 30th of October, that he resigned as President of Cooper arms to protect the employees and shareholders of Cooper Arms. Cooper said, “When the Internet anger turned on these innocent people, I felt it was important to distance myself from the company so as not tot cause any further harm.”
The American Hunters & Shooters Association is an anti-gun front group that pretends to be pro-gun as evidenced by this quote from their web site, “AHSA is a non-partisan organization that advocates and advances sensible public policies. We will never support unfettered access to all types of weapons.”1
One of their writers, Ray Schoenke blogged the following;
“Today, on behalf of the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA), I condemned the actions by the NRA and its cronies forcing Dan Cooper out.
The gun lobby’s attempt to destroy a good man and small business owner, a loyal member of the gun fraternity, again reveals the desperate Joe McCarthy-like politics of fear that the NRA leadership and others put first. They are trying to scare America’s hunters and shooters into voting against Barack Obama — but we have one thing to say: vote hope and not fear.”2
These guys from the AHSA assume that gun owners are stupid, uniformed, Bubba’s who will not be able to see them for the Liberal P.A.C. that they are. Invoking the name McCarthy is supposed to make capitalists and conservatives head for the hills covering our heads, after all we don’t want to be perceived as unreasonable or paranoid. It is interesting that the Liberals choose McCarthy as an attack vehicle, while the rampant anti-communism that McCarthyism brought was dangerous and often unwarranted, the most frightening result of it was to force real Socialists to duck and cover. They found a hiding place in the Democratic Party where they have flurished now for almost three generations and have usurped it as their own.
It is clear that Obama represents the greatest threat to gun ownership in U.S. History. Earlier in October while at a campaign stop in Lebanon, Ohio, Obama said, “I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe in the people’s lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away.” Fortunately for us we have Barack Obama’s voting record and previous speeches to revue to see if his is telling the truth… He is not!
Pay close attention to Obama’s statement above, it would not preclude him from a number of other highly restrictive moves. Firearms could be heavily taxed to the point that nobody could afford to buy new ones, effectively destroying the gun industry. Ammunition could be taxed or restricted to the point that you would not be able to afford or acquire it. Travel with firearms could be restricted, making ownership a mute point. Making the manufacture of new firearms illegal would not preclude you from owning one but would be a long term method of eliminating them.