By Don Mallicoat-
Here we are inside sixty days until the upcoming national election. We are inundated with TV ads, phone calls and mailers. Both parties recently completed their national conventions and as part of that developed, and voted on, their party platforms. If you are a sportsman or hunter what they support as it relates to the Second Amendment should be an important consideration in your voting decision. I’m not a single issue voter. But where each party stands on my Second Amendment rights is definitely a consideration in which candidates I support.
If your right to keep and bear arms is one of those factors in your decision making, it is important to consider where each party stands on gun rights. By no means will I try to tell you how to vote, but I am going to publish verbatim each party’s platforms as it pertains to the Second Amendment.
Since the Republicans held their convention first and thus approved their platform first let’s start with theirs. The Republican platform states: “We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a right which antedated the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment. We acknowledge, support, and defend the law-abiding citizens’ God-given right of self-defense. We call for the protection of such fundamental individual rights recognized in the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago affirming that right, and we recognize the individual responsibility to safely use and store firearms. This also includes the right to obtain and store ammunition without registration.”
“We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents. Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend their homes and communities. We condemn frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and oppose federal licensing or registration of law-abiding gun owners. We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the ill-considered Clinton gun ban. “
“We condemn the reckless actions associated with the operation known as “Fast and Furious,” conducted by the Department of Justice, which resulted in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent and others on both sides of the border. We applaud the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in holding the current Administration’s Attorney General in contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with their investigation into that debacle. We oppose the improper collection of firearms sales information in the four southern border states, which was imposed without congressional authority.”
Now let’s hear from the Democrat Party platform which was approved this past week. The Democrat platform states: “Firearms. 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.”
After reading both of these you can see they stand in stark contrast. After a brief statement affirming the Second Amendment the Democrat platform then proceeds to say it needs to be restricted. Beware of the terms “reasonable regulation”, “honest, open national conversation” and “commonsense improvements”. These are liberal speak for more restrictions on our gun rights. The above mentioned gun show loophole would prevent you from giving your son or daughter a gun that has been passed down through generations without going to a gun store and transferring the weapon via a Form 4473. And years of data show the assault weapon ban will do nothing to reduce crime or murder in this country. What it may do is leave open to federal bureaucrat definition what an assault weapon is, which may just include Uncle Jim’s Remington 742 deer rifle. Is that what we want?