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Haley Barbour on Gun Control

Former Republican MS Governor (until 2012)


Protect the rights of gun owners

[I support] protecting the rights of gun owners. I have been a national spokesman on the importance of protecting Second Amendment rights. I will not support any proposal that infringes on the rights of law-abiding gun owners
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, haleybarbour.com , Jan 28, 2006

Gun control doesn't work; moral choices do

There are few issues that better illustrate the difference between Republicans and liberal Democrats on the issue of crime than gun control. At the heart of the matter is a debate about personal responsibility. Gun control proponents insist that the easy availability of firearms causes crime. The American people know better. They understand that crime is the result of criminals making wrong moral choices, and that gun control does not work. They know that even if the federal government set out to disarm every American, it could never prevent criminals from getting guns. After all, criminals, by definition, are those who operate outside the law.

The most effective way to stop gun crimes is to stop gun criminals. That is accomplished by enacting laws carrying tough sentences for crimes committed with firearms and enforcing such laws aggressively.

Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.125-126 , Apr 25, 1996

Other governors on Gun Control: Haley Barbour on other issues:
MS Gubernatorial:
Phil Bryant
MS Senatorial:
Roger Wicker
Thad Cochran

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