Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Has the Democratic Party Changed on Guns? No. Has the Republican Party? Yes.

From a very recent Ted Cruz fundraising email.

Political Animal -- blog of the Washington Monthly -- posted a remarkable reminder of who supported the Brady Bill:
Some of those arguments are strikingly similar to the ones made by President Obama yesterday. For example, seeing value in reducing handgun deaths by 10 or 15 percent is positively ambitious compared to this:
We know we can’t stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world. But maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence.
Of course the writer of this op-ed was not required to acknowledge the importance of the second amendment and - to my knowledge - was never accused of trying to take our guns away. Funny that.
So have you guessed (or remembered) who wrote that op-ed? It was the patron saint of Republicans - Ronald Reagan - who himself had experienced a near-miss on his own life as a result of gun violence.
Get that? Ronald Reagan, three years out of office, was an avid supporter of gun control. Could the patron saint of modern conservatism be nominated for president by his own party, let alone elected, in today's atmosphere? Not a chance.

Yes, a political party has swung far, far away from its roots, and it isn't the Democrats.

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