One of the things I can’t stomach about almost any politician is double speak: saying one thing that clearly means something other than what you mean. The Demoncrats are at it in spades with this paragraph from their platform document (page 50).
We recognize that the right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we ill preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that he right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, but we know that what works in chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact and enforce commonsense laws and improvements – like closing the gun show loophole, improving our background check system, and reinstating the assault weapons ban, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. Acting responsibly and with respect for differing views on this issue, we can both protect the constitutional right to bear arms and keep our communities and our children safe.
The second amendment clearly states that the people have an individual right to arms, and if anything, those arms should be what would clearly be useful in self-defense and defense of a family. The rights of the people are not contingent upon location. The rights of those in Cheyenne clearly do apply to those in Chicago, as long as both are within the United States.
The Democrats what to change the constitution, but not through constitutional means. In a sense, they are traitors to the constitution. Pragmatism is no excuse. Even if “what works in Cheyenne may not work in Chicago” that is beside the point. The rights are not given based on “what works” or what does not work. If change is needed, the change is to be done through amendment … not through laws or even the court (I suppose I should make that “The Court”). Changes to the constitution through any other means is not upholding the constitution, it is subversion of the constitution.
Those “common sense laws” are neither common, nor sensible. There is no “gun show loophole” in that ordinary citizens are allowed to sell their personal property anywhere they want. While nobody wants to sell guns to criminals, any sane man will not want to give up liberty for security. Liberals tend to see that as stop the government from knowing what I do, restrict police in their ability to search, wiretap, read internet communications. For these they see “do not give up liberty for security” as a good thing. But there is another side to that same thought. The right to own just about any personal firearm is a liberty which we enjoy. Those that want to restrict it for security (even if that security was in fact real) are doing exactly what they don’t want in another context. They fear a “police state” that is intrusive into their personal lives, yet they hold no fear for a police state (or criminals) in an even broader sense. How foolish to fear the government has too much power in one case, and then want to give the government even more power in the other. How forgetful of history.
The Democratic platform is one of fear. Fear based on a premise that the goverment is the only one you can trust to take care of problems. If someone has a problem, the government should fix it. Insecure people that have no sense of self-reliance and self-determination. People that think 2 minute response times for police calls is more than enough (until they are the ones that have someone taking a baseball bat to their head in 20 seconds–but they won’t think it too long for very long … they will be dead.)
If people are going to have such fears and insecurity that they feel they must live with everyone they know unarmed they should move to a true police state. (By the way, it won’t be everyone around them disarmed, because even the most staunch gun control advocate still sees a need for the police to have guns, and some of them do go bad.) They want to force their views on others. They are so insecure they become intolerant. I fully respect someone for believing they are either incapable, or even just don’t want to, carry a gun. What I don’t respect is that person attempting to force others into the same position.