So why did Obama vote "Present" on this bill? Possibly because in Chicago such a bill would have mostly impacted minority gang members and might have even cost him his seat due to the strong gang influence on local politics.
There just weren't enough letters from adorable kids out there to convince him to do it.
Proposed in 1999, the same year as the Columbine Massacre, SB-0759 would have prosecuted teenage school shooters as adults. The bill passed almost unanimously, with 52 Yeas, and only one Nay. And a bunch of Presents, one of them from the Illinois State Senator currently lobbying to wreck the Bill of Rights because he's just that concerned about school shootings.
Synopsis of Bill as introduced: Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides for adult criminal prosecution of a minor at least 15 years of age who is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm committed in a school, on the real property comprising a school, within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising a school, at a school-related activity, or on or within 1,000 feet of a conveyance owned, leased, or contracted by a school or school district to transport students to or from school or a school-related activity.
So why did Obama vote "Present" on this bill?
Possibly because in Chicago such a bill would have mostly impacted minority gang members and might have even cost him his seat due to the strong gang influence on local politics.
But Obama also voted "Present" some 129 times. It might just be that he was too lazy to read the actual bill. Though according to Colin Powell, suggesting that a man who voted Present 129 times and spent half his term golfing or on vacation is lazy is almost as racist as calling him a Socialist.
But either way, Obama did not care to take a stand on school shootings in 1999. As with most things, Obama ignored the issue until a convenient time arrived for him to jump on it and exploit it for his benefit. His embrace of liberal causes, whether it's gay marriage, illegal immigration or the anti-war movement is always selective and conveniently timed. It's the behavior of a man with a campaign strategy in place of principles.