Monday, June 12, 2006

Pink Pistols Survey

Jake just alerted me to the Pink Pistols candidate survey. Here is my response:

2006 Candidate's Questionnaire Page
This section lists questions for all political candidates to answer. Please respond to these questions and email them to questionnaire@pinkpistols.org. All answers will be made publicly available at www.pinkpistols.com.

Candidates please note: All answers _must_ be directed to the question asked. Answers that fail to answer the question will not be counted.

There are 10 questions with 10 points per question.

Candidate's Name :
Kevin Craig

Political Party: Libertarian

Office you are running for: U.S. Congress, Roy Blunt's seat.

State: MO

County: Taney

District: 7

1) Do you believe that the Second Amendment confirms the individual right of every American citizen to possess and use (update of keep and bear) militia/military weapons for individual self-defense, as well as for the defense of the State / National defense?

YES/NO

YES re: "individual rights." The Second Amendment was not written for hunters or gun collectors. It was written to allow individuals to defend themselves against the State when it "evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism" through "a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object." The Second Amendment guarantees the right of The People to carry out what the Declaration of Independence describes as the "duty" to "abolish" "any Form of Government [that] becomes destructive of" our God-given rights. The Second Amendment is a right of "the People," not the State.

NO re: "defense of the State." The State does not have any right to defend itself against the People armed.

Wording: my update of "bear" would be "carry," not just "use." Without the right to "carry," one can only use a firearm at home (in "private").

2) If elected would you support legislation for the removal of firearm laws and regulations? If your answer is yes, and if you are elected, what specific legislation would you propose/support to ensure that this individual right is protected? Which current laws which infringe upon this individual right would you seek to repeal?

YES
I would support legislation authored by anyone of any party that removed infringements of 2nd Amendment rights. As a freshman Congressman from a third party, I would hesitate to get pushy by authoring sweeping legislation, but I'm open on that. ALL laws regulating, licensing, or infringing the right to keep and bear arms should be abolished. I try to take the Constitution seriously, and have a rather absolutist interpretation of the Second Amendment.

3) What do you consider are "legitimate" reasons to own a firearm?
Check as many as apply:

[x] Personal Defense
[x] Home Defense
[x] Defense of your country (Unorganized Militia)
[x] Hunting
[x] Farm Use
[x] Competitive Shooting
[x] Informal Sport Shooting
[x] Informal Target Practice and/or Plinking
[x] Collecting
[x] Constitutional Rights
[x] Just because. No reason is necessary.
[x] Other ____to "alter or abolish" the government per #1 above____
[x] All of the above
[ ] None of the above

4) Would you support the banning of some firearms or ammunition? (IE: Saturday night specials, "assault weapons", Hollow points, and "Safety Slugs") Why and to what extent?

NO. "The right . . . shall not be infringed."

5) Do you believe that firearm owners should be required to have licenses or permits to own or carry firearms? Do you believe training for such licenses should be mandatory? Why?

NO. "The right . . . shall not be infringed."

6) Do you believe that firearms and/or firearm owners should be registered? Which ones and why?

NO. "The right . . . shall not be infringed."

http://KevinCraig.US/guns.htm

7) Do you support equal rights for all citizens of the United States regardless of the person's sexuality / orientation and / or gender identity/expression?

I'm a Bible-believing Christian, so I'll answer your question fully, hoping you'll at least give me points for honesty.

a. Technically, I believe in duties, not "rights."

http://KevinCraig.US/rights.htm

I don't have a "right" to life, you have a *duty* not to kill me, according to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God:

http://KevinCraig.US/religion/nature.htm

b. These "self-evident truths" indicate that homosexuality (etc.) is immoral:

http://KevinCraig.US/homosexuality.htm

c. These same moral absolutes also make the initiation of force against homosexuals wrong, and I have taken the pledge of the National Libertarian Party: "I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals." This means I oppose criminal sanctions against homosexuals:

http://KevinCraig.US/sanctions.htm

d. I have a background in the "Christian Reconstructionist" movement, and I personally know those who believe homosexuals should be executed. I strongly oppose this part of the "Religious Right" agenda.

http://KevinCraig.US/capital_punishment.htm

8) Which of the following would you be willing to support in regards to same-gender and/or polyamorous marriages and/or civil unions?
Check as many as apply:
[ ] Domestic partnerships for same-sex couples
[ ] Domestic partnerships for opposite-sex couples
[ ] Domestic partnerships for polyamorous (more than two consenting adults)
[ ] Same-sex marriages
[ ] Opposite sex marriages (What we have now)
[ ] Polyamarous marriages (between more than two consenting adults)
[ ] All of the above. Everyone should have equal rights under the law.
[ ] None of the above. Government has no role in defining a marriage. Leave it to the church, or private contracts.
[ ] Other _______"The government" has a duty to recognize monogamous heterosexual relations as the only legitimate form of sexual activity. "The Mafia" has the same duty. Both institutions should be abolished. See #10 below.________

http://KevinCraig.US/anarchism.htm

9) Do you support the right for people to act as they wish in a private setting, with other consenting adults?

I assume this question is not asking about card-games, but about acts which are prohibited by "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God."
No, I do not "support" them, but I oppose the use of criminal sanctions (the initiation of force) to prevent or punish them. I am also as absolutist on the 4th Amendment as I am on the 2nd.

10) A number of states are currently in the process of enacting DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act) type laws. Do you support or oppose limits on the marriage laws that would further restrict who may and may not marry? Why?

"Marriage" was created by God, not the State. For the State to say that homosexuals can live in a state of "marriage" is as ridiculous as saying atheists have a "right" to be baptized. The State does not "define" marriage, and DOMAs are unnecessary, constitutionally speaking, because our "organic law" already recognizes God's definition. I support DOMAs as a means of blocking activist judges who act unconstitutionally.

http://kevinforcongress.blogspot.com/2006/06/marriage-amendment.html

Do you have an additional statement to make that is not covered by this questionnaire? Use as much space as you wish.

I am a pacifist. I hate guns.

http://vftonline.org/TestOath/pacifist.htm

I oppose all "gun control" laws because they can only be enforced through acts of violence, and tend to monopolize guns in the hands of the institution most likely to use them to the greatest and most violent degree: the State.

http://KevinCraig.US/violence.htm

Based on a very cursory look at your website, and especially this statement:
We no longer believe it is the right of those who hate and fear gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or polyamorous persons to use us as targets for their rage.
I conclude that your goal is to endorse or practice acts which I believe are abominations in God's eyes, and one of your strategies is to use lethal force against those you consider to be "bashers."

Jesus taught, "Love your enemies, bless them that bash you" (that's the New Kevin Craig Translation). So it might appear that you and I are poles apart on the most central issues animating your organization ("gay" and guns).

I believe thoughtful consideration of my campaign as a whole would lead you to conclude that Kevin Craig is not just the "lesser of evils" among a bleary pack of candidates in Missouri's 7th Congressional District, but a paradigm-shifting candidate whose victory in November would completely re-direct the national conversation in a way that will benefit your constituents in the long-term. Your armed, vigilate strategy will only polarize your adversaries, and neither the mainstream Demoblicans nor the Republicrats would stand in the way of serious, organized, passionate gay-bashing, should that become a formidable voting block (which they intend to become).

Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy.



Kevin Craig
Libertarian Party Candidate
U.S. House of Representatives, MO-7th
Powersite, MO 65731-0179
blog.KevinCraig.US
www.KevinCraig.US

1 comment:

Rev.Vapor said...

Excellent responses! I really want to see the responses from other candidates.