From the platform released at the Democratic National Convention last week…
We recognize that the individual 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. We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms. We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements–like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole–so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few.
As if to signal that the Democratic Party is ready to follow Obama’s lead on the issue, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced in her keynote speech to the convention’s California delegation that she intends to reintroduce an “updated” version of the 1994-2004 “assault weapons” and “large” magazines. (For more coverage of Feinstein’s plans, please see related story.)
Please note the buzz words in the platform. Reasonable regulation…terrible consequences of gun violence…honest, open national conversation…strengthening our background check system…reinstituting the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole…
- reasonable – whose reason? What constitutes reason?
- consequences of gun violence – why not consequences of CRIME?
- honest, open conversation – like secretly using Fast & Furious to force a gun control agenda, and painting gun owners as slack-jawed yokel bigots?
- strengthening our background check system – at what cost to the already eroded few civil liberties and privacy left?
- assault weapons ban – When the previous ban sunset, crime went down significantly.
- gun show loophole – what loophole? Most guns purchased at gun shows are through licensed dealers required to follow existing laws. And most criminal steal their guns, they don’t purchase them.
As usual, the same suspects are pushing the same agenda with the same buzz words. It’s not about crime control – it’s about people control, and they know it. How?
Most of them are lawyers and not stupid. And they know that passing more laws only restricts the inalienable rights of the law-abiding. Criminals don’t care!
PS – This doesn’t mean I support the Republicans!