Just to clarify. He said unequivocally no to the hunting question. He did say spearfishing as a kid in response to the fishing question.
OL: You and your opponent supported legislation that would close the so-called "gun show loophole" and make it illegal for individuals to privately sell firearms without doing a background check. Is that still your position? Why?
OBAMA: Yes. This common-sense step will ensure that the same background checks already required for purchasing guns from a licensed dealer are also required for sellers at gun shows. I don't believe that criminals or the mentally ill should be able to acquire guns at gun shows that they wouldn't otherwise be able to acquire at a gun store.
This is another "common sense" gun law that scares me. Every single gun I own was given to me by my parents or grandfather. Should they have been forced to perform a background check to give me these guns?
What about if I loan someone a gun? Do I need a background check to loan my brother or friend a gun so they can go hunting or shooting?
A law to close the "gun show loophole" which doesn't even exist since there are no exemptions in the law for gun shows, could be a giant pain in the ass for normal people.
Laws to preempt real crimes have never worked regardless of what the purpose. If they did, all we would have to do was outlaw murder and the problem would go away.