Dear Gun Control Dems: 6 Ways 2 Make a Better Argument
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#1 May 11, 2013
Dear Gun Control Democrats:
Its been less than a month since national gun control in America died. No assault weapons ban. No high-capacity magazine ban. Not even the Manchin-Toomey background check compromise that, according to Senator Mark Kirk, was reached by getting drunk on a 54-foot mega-yacht named Black Tie, which is part-owned by Manchin.
Over the last several days, Ive watched Democratic politicians, lobbyists and Facebook meme-sharers calling down shame on the senators who voted against every single gun control measure proposed in the Senate. Yes, its true that none of the measures would have passed the Republican-controlled House anyway, but to have lost in the Democrat-controlled senate was to truly be trounced. I have seen the Democratic pundits all over the nation looking across their podiums and well-lit television studio desks with stunned expressions.How could this have happened, they all ask? Only four months after Newtown?
I write this letter as someone who is politically far left of center. You and I have a lot in common, though you may not want to admit it by the end of this article. I think its time we had a talk.
I live in the state of Virginia, a place where its not easy to be a leftist. Just last week, our State Board of Health voted to approve TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) regulations that would close most abortion clinics in the state. It was a devastating loss for myself and other organizers, and it will be even more devastating to the women of Virginia, most of whom will not have access to safe, legal abortions for years to come. I mention this not only so that you have context for the sort of political work Im involved in, but because I want you to know that *I do know*, from very recent experience, what its like to feel powerless as you watch a group of people vote for social policy that you think is absolutely insane.
But Ill be honest with you: I watched the Senate votes live on Wednesday, and when these gun-related bills were defeated, I literally celebrated. Obviously, you and I have a lot in common, but plenty to differ on. And thats kind of what I want to talk to you about.
Ive owned guns since childhood, and its an issue that Ive thought and written a lot about. Its very difficult for me to communicate with the mainstream Democratic establishment about guns. But because I know how painful it sometimes is to listen to Republican and other Right-leaning people talk about things that we on the Left care strongly about, I thought I would try to help you out.
There are are a few things that you can do to improve your game in the gun control debate, and I thought it would only be fair to point out what they are. So heres my best shot. Here are the things that you MUST keep in mind if you wish to further the dialogue on gun policy in America. Continue on link:
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