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Thomas Gallatin / Sep. 3, 2019

Dems' Assault on the Second Amendment

Their claim of wanting to uphold Americans' right to bear arms is simply not genuine.

Not long ago, Democrats derided any accusation that their political agenda was to see America transformed into a socialist state. Today, the leading Democrat presidential candidates are openly embracing socialism. This hard-left “turn” should come as a surprise to no one, because Democrats have long advocated socialist-based programs while insisting they’re not socialist. In other words, Democrats deny the fundamental reality behind what they are advocating until it becomes impossible to deny it. Then they come out of the closet and celebrate what they have been denying.

This pattern holds true not just with social programs like ObamaCare but with issues like Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Democrats love to proclaim that they support protecting Second Amendment rights even if they just want more “sensible” gun control. But as conservatives have regularly pointed out, Democrats’ “sensible” gun control would do next to nothing to stop criminals from committing crimes with firearms. In fact, the vast majority of Democrats’ proposed gun control legislation would only make it harder for law-abiding Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

The fact of the matter is the Democrat Party’s agenda is to essentially eliminate the Second Amendment entirely. On Monday, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted there should be “no compromise” on guns. Instead, he bloviated, “We’re talking about loosening access to have guns, to be able to take them into places of worship. I mean, it is absolutely irrational. … The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them, it’s absolutely mindless.” Biden then absurdly claimed that what he was calling for was “no violation of the Second Amendment.”

Even if Biden’s statement on banning “magazines that can hold multiple bullets” was a gaffe — the very purpose of a magazine is to hold multiple bullets (cartridges or rounds), and the vast majority of modern firearms use magazines — Biden’s overall message is a clear attack on the Second Amendment.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren attacks the Second Amendment by labeling the issue a “public-health emergency.” Warren pontificated, “We need to treat this as the public-health emergency that it is. And it’s going to take a lot of pieces and a lot of changes that we need to do to bring down deaths from gun violence.” Warren conveniently ignores the truth — that gun-related deaths due to crime have actually been decreasing for years as gun ownership has gone up — so that she can spin her “public health” narrative with the goal being the effective elimination of the Second Amendment.

Democrats have demonized the National Rifle Association, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for the Second Amendment that historically enjoyed bipartisan support, as a terrorist organization. Bernie Sanders, who in the past stood up for Vermonters’ Second Amendment rights and was endorsed by the NRA, sings a different tune of late. On Saturday, Sanders asserted, “We are telling [President Donald] Trump and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell, ‘Listen to the American people and not the NRA.’ And I would hope very much that we can overcome the fear of the NRA and do what the American people want.”

Beto O'Rourke has no love for the Second Amendment either, as he has taken to dropping F-bombs when expressing his disgust over Americans’ right to possess “weapons of war.” Along with banning “assault weapons” and implementing a national gun registry, O'Rourke also wants a mandatory buyback (a.k.a. confiscation). “Buy those weapons of war back,” he thundered. “Mandate that. Not voluntary. Let’s be really clear with our fellow Americans.”

It has never been more clear that the radical Left has taken over the Democrat Party. And it sees the elimination of the Second Amendment as an essential stepping stone to the ultimate elimination of the Constitution.

(Edited.)

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