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Mike Gravel on Gun Control

Libertarian for President; Former Democratic Senator (AK)

 


Doesn’t hunt, but shot moose injured by Alaskan trains

[My early job in Alaska was] on the snow fleet--a train engine with a plow--to clear the snow that could be three or four feet high on the tracks.

Moose have spindly legs. Rather than cutting themselves in the snow, they’d jump onto the tracks where th snow had been plowed. Trains would accidentally run over moose all the time. Usually, just the legs got severed. The poor animal would be lying there. So the engineer would call a native hospital and they’d come with a handcar or an automobile to pick up the moose and use it for food at the hospital.

After seeing this once I told the engineer that the next time it happens, I’d jump off and shoot the moose, rather than just let it lie there suffering. I don’t hunt or fish, which made Alaskans suspicious of me, but I couldn’t watch the moose writhing in the snow, moaning. So I climbed down from the caboose into the snow. I must have shot three or four moose that way. Then we’d call the hospital to tell them to pick up their meat.

Source: A Political Odyssey, by Mike Gravel, p.134 , May 2, 2008

License for concealed carry; teach firearms safety

Source: Presidential Election 2008 Political Courage Test , Apr 22, 2008

Military culture causes more gun violence

Q: How would you address gun violence that continues to be the #1 cause of death among African-American men?

A: The answer to that is to try to decrease the military culture in this country that’s been created over the last 50 years. That sustains the military industrial complex. It’s not that complex. When you take Americans and you teach them to solve problems with violence, they come home and they deal in violence. That’s our problem. When you talk about crime problems, you’re nine times more likely to get killed if you’re African-American. There’s a fellow by the name of Todd Tiahrt. He just has been sentenced to 25 years in Florida and all he did was the same thing as Rush Limbaugh did--had some pain pills, but he didn’t have any of those Viagra. That’s justice.

Source: 2007 NAACP Presidential Primary Forum , Jul 12, 2007

Require license & training for gun ownership

While Senator Gravel fully supports the 2nd Amendment, he believes that fundamental change must take place with regards to gun ownership. The senator advocates a licensing program where a potential gun owner must be licensed as well as properly trained with a firearm before they may own one.
Source: 2008 Presidential campaign website, gravel2008.us, “Issues” , May 23, 2007

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