It looks like there’s a new acid test for Democrats running for office in 2016, and it has to do with their records or positions on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, according to Politico.
That’s not likely to go over well with Democrats in swing districts, but according to the Politico story, that may not matter to the far-left people now seemingly guiding the party’s agenda. And that agenda clearly is shaping up more like one for gun confiscation than mere control, as observed by a story in The Week.
Bottom line, Democrats appear determined to earn the title as “the party of gun control” as the election cycle unfolds and campaign rhetoric heats up.
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According to Shannon Watts, founder of the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a leading gun prohibition lobbying group and an activist extension of Everytown for Gun Safety, gun control has become a wedge issue between Democrats. They want to prove who can be “strongest on this (the gun) issue.”
The article published in The Week noted that the brakes appear to be completely off, now that President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton are both out in the open supporting the kind of mandatory gun “buyback” that was done in Australia several years ago. That was not an issue of voluntarily giving up guns for financial compensation, this was a confiscation no matter how the press and gun prohibition lobby tried to portray it.
But now, according to Politico, Democrats are essentially demanding fealty to the gun control agenda for candidates. It’s the kind of political demagoguery one might have expected in a totalitarian society in eastern Europe two decades ago, but not in the United States. For gun ban advocates, however, it now appears they believe the Bill of Rights contains only nine amendments with a void next to the numeral “II.”
Headlining its story “Gun control becomes a litmus test in Democratic primaries,” Politico went into detail about how candidates and veteran politicians are being scrutinized for past positions on gun rights. Now Democrats are trying to out-do one another on their anti-gun credentials.
For example, former Nevada state House Speaker John Oceguera, who had tried to portray himself as a pro-gunner when he ran for Congress three years ago, has now “renounced his NRA membership,” the Politico story said.
This amounts to a sharp left turn for Democrats into a very dark alley where public backlash could be waiting in the shadows.
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