Mike Huckabee on Gun Control

Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate


Completely insane to make buying a gun even harder

Q: You called Pres. Obama's executive orders on gun control "unconstitutional and completely insane."


Q: You even told gun store owners to ignore the President's orders. Yet, innocent people are dying from gun violence in cities every day. How to prevent guns from falling into the hands of criminals?

HUCKABEE: Well, why don't we start by making sure the Justice Department never does an idiotic program like Fast and Furious where the US Government put guns in the hands of Mexican drug lords? You know, they want to talk about law abiding citizens, I just find it amazing the President keeps saying the gun show loophole. There is no gun show loophole. I promise you I've been to more gun shows than Pres. Obama. I've bought more weapons [there], and you fill out forms. The President also says that it's easier to get a gun now than it is to grow trees. I purchase guns, and I can assure you that it is much more difficult to purchase a firearm than to grow trees.

Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate , Jan 14, 2016

Litmus test for Supreme Court justices on Second Amendment

Q: Will you have a litmus test when it comes to appointing Supreme Court nominees?

HUCKABEE: You better believe I will. . I'd want to know do you believe in the First Amendment? And do you believe in the Fifth and the 14th Amendment? And I'd want to know do you really believe in the Second Amendment, do you believe that we have an individual right to bear arms to protect ourselves and our family and to protect our country? I'd make darn sure that we absolutely believe the 10th Amendment. Every governor on this stage would share this much with you. Our biggest fight wasn't always with the legislature or even with the Democrats. My gosh, half the time, it was with the federal government who apparently never understood that if it's not reserved in the Constitution, then the 10th Amendment says it's left to the states. But somebody forgot to send a memo to Washington.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

Expand concealed carry laws; they have saved lives

On guns, Huckabee says he would allow concealed carry, and protect citizens who use deadly force.

A gun owner, Huckabee supports expansions of concealed carry laws and has written in the past that he believes they have saved lives. In 2006, Huckabee told a radio show that he supports the "Castle Doctrine" which states that people have the right to stand their ground and use deadly force when under threat.

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , May 5, 2015

Second Amendment is about freedom, not about hunting

Q: You introduced yourself to New Hampshire voters this way, “Here’s a guy who didn’t just read the latest issue of NRA Magazine and decide he’s going to be for the Second Amendment.”

A: Voters want someone whose views on the Second Amendment understand that the basic issue is one of freedom and it’s not hunting.

Source: Fox News Sunday: 2007 “Choosing the President” interviews , Aug 26, 2007

Owns firearms; enjoys hunting; supports 2nd amendment

My position on the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution is as clear for me as the position held by most journalists toward the 1st Amendment. While I do not consider myself a “gun nut,” I proudly own a variety of firearms and enjoy hunting as well as sports shooting. But even if I were not a hunter or did not enjoy shooting, I would still be a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment right of Americans to own firearms for self-protection and as a matter of principle.

There are 700,000 physicians in the US and the number of accidental deaths caused by them per year is 120,000, making the accidental death rate per physician 17%. Using the same logic, there are about 80 million gun owners, and the number of accidental gun deaths per year among all age groups is 1,500. The same calculation reveals the number of accidental deaths per gun owner to be 0.00188%. In other words, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 more times more dangerous than gun owners. Yet, I hear no one suggesting we ban doctors.

Source: From Hope to Higher Ground, by Mike Huckabee, p.126-127 , Jan 4, 2007

Supports self-defense and ‘castle doctrine’

Gov. Mike Huckabee said that he would support legislation in Arkansas for a law like one passed in Florida last year to protect citizens who use deadly force in self-defense against criminal prosecution and civil liability. Huckabee told a caller to his monthly radio show that he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and believes “there is an absolute right that people have to protect themselves and even their property.”

During the show, a caller asked the governor what he thought of Florida’s so-called “Castle Doctrine.” Passed last year, the law states that any person has the right to “stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm.” The name of the law is drawn from the adage that a man’s home is his castle. “Personally, I think it’s the way it ought to be,” Huckabee said. “We ought to have the right to protect ourselves.”

Source: Rob Moritz, Arkansas News Bureau , Jan 5, 2006

Allow concealed carry

Source: 2002 AR Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2002

Restrictive gun laws don't stop culture of violence

Some have argued that the culture of violence can only be arrested if we enact stronger, more comprehensive, and more restrictive gun control laws. And while that seems to be a prudent course of action at first glance, it may not be particularly effective. The real argument against severe forms of gun control is not merely one of constitutionality but also of policy, as argued by one legal analyst. "The conventional wisdom about guns and violence is mistaken. Guns don't increase national rates of crime and violence--but the continued proliferation of gun control laws almost certainly does."

While we need to find ways to keep firearms out of the hands of unsupervised youngsters, merely playing fast and free with the Second Amendment is not only likely to be ineffective in stemming the rising tide of violence, it may actually be counterproductive. And so it goes with many of our assumptions about how to cure that which ails our culture.

Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p.143-144 , Jun 1, 1998

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