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Thu Sep 12, 2013, 09:08 AM

70. A couple of points in response

 

From what I've seen over quite a number years, the gun control crowd is just as unreasonable and unwilling to give an inch on what they want. A lot of gun owners (myself included) would be willing to make a deal on things like magazine limits and universal backgrouind checks in return for some changes in firearms laws that we'd like to get. If you ask a gun control advocate what they'd offer for a deal, you hear crickets or some asinine statement like "you get to keep your guns". Is that reasonable?

A lot of this issue revolves around incrementalism. The gun control crowd knows it can't eliminate RKBA in one step, so the tactic is to do it a little at a time. A 15 round mag limit? In a few years, 10 and after that single shot weapons? Registration of firearms? A necessary first step to their ultimate confiscation. You get the idea. Gun owners aren't stupid and considering that the gun control crowd offers nothing for a deal, why would you expect them to agree to the first concession? We know that in a year or two, the gun control crowd would be back looking for another concession (and again painting us as unreasonable and not caring about human life for not wanting to give it). As I said, I'd be willing to compromise in the context of a deal, but that's not how the game is being played.

As far as exchanging Democratic representatives for Republicans, you left out the part about being honest with your constituents. Do you think Morse and Giron would ever have been elected if they had told the voters they favored more gun control? I sure don't and given that, I don't see a problem with voters having a second bite at the apple. In fact, I think it's a good thing if it motivates politicians to be honest with their constituents when they are running for office.

The Democratic Party needs to drop gun control as an issue. It's a hot button issue for lots of voters who will ignore those other consideration if you cross that line. Sorry, but that's political reality.

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