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Fred Thompson: My Idea of Gun Control is a Good, Steady Aim

Thompson calls for high fences, wide gates

Sen. Fred Thompson came to Bayliss Park Hall Thursday night with notes, his wife, Jeri, Congressman Steve King and a clear, conservative message.

“It’s important to understand how we got here as a nation,” said Thompson. “Fundamental, conservative beliefs have kept us united for over 200 years.”

Thompson recalled how he first read the Declaration of Independence as acknowledging that Americans’ basic rights come from God, not the government. He said that the nation’s core principles are under assault from many directions, the main combatant being a “big, high-taxing” Democratic government that is “licking its chops to grab the reins and lead the U.S. down a path to a welfare state.”

Thompson asked, “Who do we want to stand up against this assault? Who do we want to stand up for our values and principles?”

During his speech, the Republican candidate referred to his Web site,, for details on his position papers, but did offer some quick answers.

“When I am president, I will build a fence,” Thompson declared. Amnesty and illegal immigration, he said, are not healthy for the U.S. or Mexico. “We need to be a nation of high fences and wide gates.”

Thompson explained he was not alienating immigrants, but putting the nation back in control of the process and preventing wage and education standards from dropping and overburdening U.S. social programs.

The nation’s budgetary process is a “mess,” and Thompson would like to see a two-year budget to avoid the “continual fight” in Washington. Thompson criticized earmarks and the House and Senate for avoiding debate and passing a 350-page document at the end of the year without reading it; then he admitted he too did not read it all.

“The budget that just passed had something like 600 projects and 9,000 earmarks,” he said. “Some of it’s good, some of it’s bad. The president meets them halfway, and I think that’s halfway too far.”

The comparatively smaller paperwork of taxes for the average citizen would be simplified under Thompson’s plan: Check a box for the tax deduction of 10 percent or 25 percent.

When someone asked about what the government could do about AK-47s and the Westroads Mall shooting, Thompson said that assault weapons are not the problem, it is the people using them inappropriately; and it is not the government’s place to remove guns from rightful citizens.

“Look at those church shootings,” he said, in reference to the Colorado Springs, Colo., shootings that killed five and wounded five on Dec. 9. “That armed volunteer saved countless lives.”

Thompson added, “My idea of gun control is a good, steady aim.”

Thompson also wants to rebuild the military and intelligence agencies, the latter he deemed very inadequate. “We are one successful terrorist attack from nuclear warfare,” he said. The U.S., he said, does not go looking for a fight, but it needs to show adversaries that it is strong enough to defeat them.

Thompson reminded the crowd he is 100 percent pro-life and always will be.

The senator took a more cautious stance on truckers from Mexico using U.S. interstates to access Canada. “We need to see if they live up to our safety standards first,” he said.

King spoke to the crowd about the importance of participating in the caucus. “One person has the effect of 1,500 in the nation,” he said. “Now, just think if you bring nine others with you …”


December 22, 2007 , 3:27PM - Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Fred Thompson, Republicans

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