Saturday, November 06, 2004

Guns and Gays

Gun control (via Cecil "liberal" Adams).

I saw a number of ads from unions promoting Kerry as a gun-lover and Kerry made a publicized hunting trip but I think it's time for Democrats to make a concerted effort to protect include Second Amendment rights (or at least make it clear that gun control is a dead issue). True, only a handful of liberals support total gun bans but if Democrats want a better chance than the Green Party, it might be a good idea to treat the anti-gun crowd the way the GOP ought to treat the "Outlaw Queer" folk. Like gays, guns are here—get over it.

Decades ago, the U.S. had a chance to put some sort of effective gun control in place but that's long gone. By many counts, guns outnumber people in the U.S. Private gun-owners outnumber the military and police. Guns aren't going anywhere.

In today's political climate, even talk of regulating guns is a mistake. God knows, someday we may develop phasers or a new type of weapon that will demand some sort of political discussion ("Outlaw disruptors and only outlaws will have disruptors") but until that time any proposed gun laws just alienates potential voters.

Covington has taken up this issue but it doesn't seem widespread. I don't expect everyone to like it, just accept it.

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