Congressional Democrats are preparing to pass a “significant” gun control measure this week, according to CNN, because the party is apparently no longer afraid of baring its anti-gun sentiments, further reinforcing the notion that theirs is “the party of gun control.”
At the same time, however, a new Rasmussen survey has revealed that 62 percent of likely Democrat voters think the party should find a “fresh face” to challenge President Donald Trump next year. Presently, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who does not present a fresh face at all, is currently one of the leading Democrat contenders, although that may change.
CNN’s report has to do with a so-called “universal background check” bill—H.R. 8—that could be voted on at any moment. The network analysis by Ronald Brownstein pointed to an alarming revelation from a Pew Research survey that discovered, “two-thirds of nonwhite adults, nearly two-thirds of college-educated white women and a majority of college-educated white men all said it was more important to control gun ownership than to protect gun rights –while a nearly two-thirds majority of blue-collar white men and a thin plurality of blue-collar white women said the opposite.”
This poll result reinforces the notion that too many people have forgotten the difference between rights and privileges. As Ayn Rand wrote in “Collectivized ‘Rights’”, “Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”
Yet eroding the rights of gun owners appears to be at the top of the Democrats’ agenda, not only on Capitol Hill, but in state legislatures all the way out to the Pacific Northwest.
Democrats currently pushing H.R. 8 should keep Rand’s remarks in perspective, especially when they justify this crusade against the Second Amendment by referring to polls that suggest more than 80 percent of Americans support such background checks. Rights activists argue that this is a text book example of tyranny by the majority against citizens whose only offense is that they choose to exercise the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment and a majority of state constitutions.
And, those activists argue, they should not first be required to get government approval before exercise those rights.
Sanders, meanwhile, is still preaching the same themes he did back in 2016 when, it was revealed, rival Hillary Rodham Clinton was getting some inside help to advance her candidacy.
According to the Rasmussen poll, only 20 percent of Democrats think the party should rely on a candidate who has run before, such as Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden.
But before they can regain the White House and take control of the U.S. Senate, Democrats want to pass as much gun control legislation as possible, which could be self-defeating. Gun owners can be a lethargic bunch when it comes to voting, except when they see their rights under direct fundamental attack, as the current anti-gun fervor could be described.
Another bill is pushing the notion of extended waiting periods, and if the nation’s gun owners aren’t prepared to engage in contact politics, they might wake up in January 2021 wondering what fell on them.
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