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Author:Gottlieb, Alan
Position:Law & Justice - Gun violence and gun ownership

WHEN Hillary Clinton openly declared war on the so-called "gun lobby" in 2015 as a cornerstone of her White House campaign, she essentially was telling tens of millions of honest American citizens that she considered their fundamental right to keep and bear arms to be a government-regulated privilege. At a private fundraiser last October, she was recorded saying that, in her opinion, the Supreme Court was wrong on the Second Amendment in its landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller.

Now, she is at the head of a political party that has adopted a platform plank that does not celebrate or even defend the Second Amendment, but instead proposes to erode it while giving it lip service. That not only says everything gun owners need to know about Clinton, but about the party she represents. Here is what the Democrats have adopted, under the heading, Preventing Gun Violence:

"With 33,000 Americans dying every year, Democrats believe that we must finally take sensible action to address gun violence. While responsible gun ownership is part of the fabric of many communities, too many families in America have suffered from gun violence. We can respect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping our communities safe. To build on the success of the lifesaving Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, we will expand and strengthen background checks and close dangerous loopholes in our current laws; repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act to revoke the dangerous legal immunity protections gun makers and sellers now enjoy; and keep weapons of war--such as assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines--off our streets.

"We will fight back against attempts to make it harder for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to revoke Federal licenses from law breaking gun dealers, and ensure guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists, intimate partner abusers, other violent criminals, and those with severe mental health issues. There is insufficient research on effective gun prevention policies, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must have the resources it needs to study gun violence as a public health issue."

Contrast the Democrat plank on guns with that of the Republican Party. The GOP platform reads more like an affirmation of liberty and freedom than a diagnosis of a virulent disease:

"We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a natural inalienable right that predates the Constitution and is secured by the Second Amendment. Lawful gun ownership enables Americans to exercise their God-given right of self-defense for the safety of their...

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