Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The 2008 Democratic Platform on Firearms

Warning – those offended by political double-speak, please stop reading now. Still with me? Okay, so here’s the official 2008 Democratic Party Platform on “Firearms”:

“We recognize that the right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, but we know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact and enforce commonsense laws and improvements – like closing the gun show loophole, improving our background check system, and reinstating the assault weapons ban, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. Acting responsibly and with respect for differing views on this issue, we can both protect the constitutional right to bear arms and keep our communities and our children safe.”

Well, at least they are paying lip service to the individual right affirmed in the Second Amendment, but that’s honestly the only positive thing I can say about their platform as the remainder of the text demonstrates conclusively that they will most assuredly NOT “preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms.”

The key is in what you define as “reasonable regulation”. In the mind of the Democrats (especially in Chicago) it is okay to ban handguns and so-called ‘assault weapons’. That’s like saying you believe in the right of freedom of religion, as long as you’re not Catholic or Jewish. The Heller decision ruled that arbitrary bans of entire classes of firearms are Unconstitutional.

Furthermore what works in Cheyenne honestly hasn’t been tried in Chicago. I bet it would work better than the bans they have now. No one on the Democratic platform committee seems to have “done the math” and realized that the municipalities with the highest crime rates are the ones with the most restrictive gun laws. I know, I know, correlation doesn’t always indicate causality, but I firmly believe in this case it truly does.

The Democrats are promising to reinstate the so-called “assault weapon ban”, even though the first ban was completely ineffective represented restrictions on a class of weapons used in the overwhelming MINORITY of crimes. Quite frankly, I firmly believe that any “assault weapon ban” plays only to the ignorant who believe that because the 1994 ban subsided you can suddenly buy a fully automatic weapon at your local gun store. The anti-Second politicos know better, but that’s not the story they’re going to try to sell to the masses.

In short, the Democrats are making (yet another) promise they simply can’t deliver on. They can’t simultaneously promise gun bans left and right and preserve the Second Amendment at the same time. If they push a hard anti-Second agenda, they’re going to face defections from their own party (or a hammering in 2010). Any pro-gun Democrat should be sharply questioned on his or her party platform to understand where they truly stand on the issues, and if they’ll stand up to their party masters when and if Second Amendment related legislation reaches the floor.

Until next time!

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