The perception that Democrats are hostile to the rights of gun owners has damaged the party in the last two elections and will do so again in 2004 unless they change their ways, the Democratic Leadership Council said yesterday.
Congratulations! You've stumbled upon the obvious.
Al From, founder of the centrist DLC, and Democratic Sens. Evan Bayh of Indiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas said the antigun image perpetuates the idea that Democrats are "cultural elites," alienating them from mainstream voters.
That's it exactly. "You can't handle having a gun" is a message of contempt, especially if you own one yourself or have bodyguards.
In the 2000 presidential election, Republicans enjoyed big advantages among voters who own firearms, frequently attend church, serve in the military and are married with children, Mr. From said.
So, acknowledging that their elitist position is costing them votes, what are the democrats going to change?
"The formula for Democrats is to say that they support the Second Amendment, but that they want tough laws that close loopholes" in current gun laws, Mr. Penn said, adding that polls show the term "gun safety" is received better than the more commonly used term "gun control."
In this context, 'closing loopholes' is usually codespeak for "We're going to make it financially and time-prohibitive for you to ever exercise your rights. If you manage to pull it off, you'll be saddled with an inferior product.". Look at the situation in California.
Andrew Arulanandam, director of public affairs for the National Rifle Association, scoffed at the notion that a "poll-tested moniker" would make a difference in elections.
"They are underestimating the intelligence of voters," Mr. Arulanandam said. "What matters to NRA members and the tens of millions of gun owners is not rhetoric, but action. It's a dangerous gamble for these groups to assume they can pull one over on the voters."
It would be great to see the democrats affirm the constitutional rights of the people vis a vis the 2nd amendment; this may be the first step on that path. For now, it's just rhetoric.
Edited by Javert Rovinski, 18 October 2003 - 11:45 AM.
St. Louis must be destroyed!
Me: "I have a job and five credit cards and am looking into signing a two year lease. THAT MAKES ME OLD."
Josh: "I don't have a job, I have ONE credit card, I'm stuck in a lease and I'm 28! My mom's basement IS ONE BAD DECISION AWAY!"
~~ Josh, winning the argument.
"Congress . . . shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis[.]" ~1 U.S.C. § 1, selectively quoted for accuracy.