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Dems’ Platform Calls for Closing the Gun Show “Loophole”

Written by Gary North on September 6, 2012

Party platforms are not binding agreements. They indicate what is on the minds of the party faithful. They are like hymns in church. Everyone sings along. No one changes his behavior because of the singing. But it sounds comforting.

The first verse goes like this.

Right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation

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.

This is as close to a pro-life position that the Democratic Party ever comes. Life is precious, especially for violent criminals whose lives are put at risk by armed citizens.

Verse two.

Reauthorize assault weapons ban, close gun show loophole

We will protect Americans’ Second Amendment right to own firearms, and we will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists by fighting gun crime, reauthorizing the assault weapons ban, and closing the gun show loophole, as President Bush proposed and failed to do.

This affirms the power of the federal government to pass effective laws that will keep American criminals from getting their hands on guns. This will make more guns available to the Department of Justice for its Fast and Furious program.

Verse three.

Strengthen gun control to reduce violence

Democrats passed the Brady Law and the Assault Weapons Ban. We increased federal, state, and local gun crime prosecution by 22 percent since 1992. Now gun crime is down by 35 percent. Now we must do even more. We need mandatory child safety locks. We should require a photo license I.D., a background check, and a gun safety test to buy a new handgun. We support more federal gun prosecutors and giving states and communities another 10,000 prosecutors to fight gun crime.

Let’s see. Federal prosecution is up 22% since 1992. That’s about 1% per year. It looks as though the FedGov has done very little. Also, prosecution is not the same as conviction. The FedGov needs 10,000 more prosecutors to get the job done right, which means that, so far, the job has not been done right.

But let these trivial objections pass. This is the Big Party of the Big Party. Let’s sing! “In my heart there rings a melody. . . .”

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11 thoughts on “Dems’ Platform Calls for Closing the Gun Show “Loophole”

  1. Texas Chris says:

    No matter the evidence presented to these knuckleheads, they are convinced that guns are evil. The gulag will swallow them and they will still not see their error. The state will confiscate their property, enslave their children, and snuff out their very lives, and it will never occur to them that, had they been armed, they might have prevented…

    But no. They refuse to admit it.

  2. sandman4X4 says:

    maybe they need to register the tools of the abortion trade? ooooh noooo thats a womens "right to chose", but what about a womens right to chose to own a firearm for protection? how about we look at it from that way?

  3. " A Free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government " ~ George
    Washington.
    As true today as it was when the United States of America was formed in the 1700's. Look at all of the countries run by Tyrants and see how they take away arms from the population to control them. Look at what " Fast and Furious " was really trying to do.

  4. The government will decide to refuse heart transplants and more than comfort care for grandma but will serve the dalliance of someone that may never be functioning in society.

  5. Subject to reasonable regulation huh? And just who or what gets to decide what so-called reasonable regulation is? Bet it's not the ordinary citizens. Oh no our lords and masters the politicians and bureacrats know what's best for us lowly peons. If the morons that are currently running this country had their way an ordinary person on the street would never see a gun except on TV or when the security forces arrested you for daring to question something that some politician who thinks he's God Almighty said or did. Politicans fear an armed citizenry more than they fear Satan-which come to think of it is only logical since most of them are servants of Satan anyway. Reasonable regulation is simple. Any citizen who has not been convicted of a violent crime should be able to purchase,sell,own or swap any weapon of any kind that he or she desires and should be able to bear such weapons either openly or concealed in any publicly accessible place. Keep and bear arms should mean what it says-NOT what some bunch of liberals and Communists want it to mean.

  6. 2WarAbnVet says:

    Despite all the Dems proclamations, they want only one thing: gun confiscation from law-abiding citizens.

  7. Proves the Democrats are doing their best to radicalize their platform, just like the Republicans.

    The Democratic platform also calls for abortion "regardless of ability to pay." – i.e. taxpayer-funded, elective abortions.

  8. I'm thinking that the Democrats are the ones keeping the gun industry alive and working overtime. Every time they open their mouths about stricter gun laws the sale of guns goes up and most likely ammo along with it. Keep up the good work and every adult in America will own a gun.

  9. Just stay away frrom my guns and ammo.

  10. majorwrecks says:

    Everything about these people is double standard double speak double trouble!

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