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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-05-05 09:04 PM
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12. Gun prohibition became a pet issue only recently...
Edited on Wed Jan-05-05 09:09 PM by benEzra
you want the Democratic Party to shit-can it's traditional stance on firearms and lurch rightward to a hyper-Republican position that's more to your (and Wayne LaPierre's) liking.

Gun prohibition is not the traditional Democratic stance on firearms. The national party did not jump on the prohibitionist bandwagon until the late 1980's, IIRC, and the crusade to ban nontraditional looking long guns dates to no earlier than 1988 or 1989. Prior to that, the party mostly left the issue pretty much up to the states, with the ground rules set by NFA '34 and GCA '68. There were a few prohibitionists in Congress, but the party as a whole was effectively gun-neutral. That changed when the party adopted the hardline prohibitionist position pushed by a few communitarian think tanks in the late '80s/early 90s, and somehow became part of the "New Democrat" platform. But its roots are very shallow indeed.

Nor is gun ownership a rightist position, or gun prohibition a leftist position. Roughly a third of registered Democrats own firearms, and in pro-gun areas the percentage is far, far higher. I believe something like 80% of union members in Tennessee are gun owners. John F. Kennedy was a life member of the NRA, BTW...

And as usual, you swear that the votes will come pouring in as a result of all this blatant pandering. I don't think so; I remember how you gun-loving "Democrats" reacted to John Kerry's goose hunt a few weeks ago.

Which shows you apparently didn't read my post. I pointed out that hunting photo ops are mostly irrelevant at winning the gun vote because the vast majority of gun owners ARE NOT HUNTERS. If gun rights are limited to hunters, four out of five gun owners lose their rights...

Nor does that change the fact that many of the current proposals the party is advocating are based upon blatant misinformation, which is the other point I raise in the above article. The Democratic party has been manipulated into adopting a much more sweeping prohibitionist stance than some seem to realize.
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