Don't Be Afraid, Mr President -- You Can Take On The Gun LobbyFrom:
December 15, 2012
BARACK OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS BEEN TOO TERRIFIED OF ANGERING GUN OWNERS TO REALIZE THEY CAN WIN WITHOUT THEM.
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.