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Don't Be Afraid, Mr President -- You Can Take On The Gun Lobby

December 15, 2012


There is no disputing that the Democratic Party has regressed dramatically on the issue of gun violence over the past two decades.

When a shooting rampage on the Long Island Railroad killed six people and injured 19 others in December 1993, President Bill Clinton responded immediately by calling for specific legislative action to prevent future tragedies.

Contrast that with the response of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday to a question about whether he carnage in Connecticut might prompt President Obama to pursue gun control measures
"I'm sure there will be another day for the discussion of the usual Washington policy debates," Carney said, "but I don't think today is that day."

It can be hard to remember now, but well into the 1990s, national Democrats proudly associated themselves with gun control, championing laws that restricted access to deadly weapons.

Under Clinton, the Brady Bill, which mandated a five-day waiting period for the purchase of a handgun, was passed, and so was a ban on assault weapons.

The 1996 Democratic Convention that nominated Clinton for a second term featured Jim Brady and Sarah Brady as prime-time speakers.

The years since then, however, have been marked by a steady and thus far enduring Democratic retreat on the issue, with the Second Amendment crowd now largely dictating the terms of public discussion and Democrats mainly trying to avoid their wrath.

Consider Obama's record on guns, which includes a law making it easier to carry concealed weapons in national parks.

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<p>One of the right's favorite excuses for arming themselves to the hilt is that a society whose guns are taken away are more likely to suffer from totalitarian goverments. Baloney. This is America! We have freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech. Our people are diverse and empowered with confidence. It takes an act of congress to change our election laws. And we have a tradition of speaking our minds and civil disobedience. We know how to exert the popular will and effect change without resort to weaponry and violence. And besides....WE ONLY WANT TO LIMIT SEMI AUTOMATIC WEAPONS! I wish these people would be honest and admit that they just like to target stuff and see it blow up. THey're not fooling me.

"While we recognize that assault weapon legislation will not stop all assault weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals. We urge you to listen to the American public and to the law enforcement community and support a ban on the further manufacture of these weapons"...from a 1994 letter to the House of Representatives written &amp; signed by former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan...The bill passed the House on a 216 - 214 vote......without Reagan's support, the bill would never have passed.

Well we know that they'll just say Reagan's hand was forced.

Let's see how Biden pulls a rabbit out of his hat. Maybe he can be a Reagon like catalist (sp?)...I don't know. This effort he is in charge of will probably be THE stamp history will plant on his vice presidency. IF he cares a wit about his legacy, he will use all those legislating tricks he's learned over the years. and get it done!