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What To Expect At The Democratic National Convention

What To Expect At The Democratic National Convention

With the Republican National Convention now in the books, complete with a speech by NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox, it’s time to turn our attention to the Democrats. And while several Republicans spoke in Cleveland on the importance of protecting the right of the people to keep and bear arms, you’re not likely to hear that this week in Philadelphia.

Instead, you’re more likely to hear widespread calls for:

  • So-called “universal” background checks, which would apply to everyone except criminals;
  • Repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), the law that keeps gun-banners from suing legal gun makers into oblivion for criminal use of their safe, legally made and lawfully marketed products;
  • Banning common and widely owned semi-automatic rifles, which anti-gunners like to call “assault weapons”; and
  • Banning gun sales to Americans placed on secret watch lists, whether guilty of anything or not, with no due process of law. 


You may think I’m simply speculating here, and showing my distaste for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. But I’m not making any of this up. Those four planks and more are listed as part of the Democrat draft party platform.Interestingly, the plank does not mention the Second Amendment, or recognize the fact that it protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.

Interestingly, the plank does not mention the Second Amendment, or recognize the fact that it protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. This is a marked departure from the 2012 Democratic Party Platform, which held: “We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms.”

The 2016 draft platform’s gun-control plank also differs sharply from the 2008 Democratic Party Platform, which contained the sentence: “We recognize that the right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans' Second Amendment right to own and use firearms.” 

Similarly, the 2004 Democratic Party Platform noted: “We will protect Americans' Second Amendment right to own firearms …”

In advocating more restrictive laws aimed at law-abiding citizens while abandoning the Second Amendment, the new party platform is so anti-gun that gun-ban advocates are widely praising it. In fact, Po Murray, chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance, said in an email to Guns.com, “This move is a historic victory for the gun violence prevention movement.”

Obviously, it’s also a historic slap in the face to America’s law-abiding gun owners, who find the fact that a major political party is actively advocating further diminishing their constitutional right to keep and bear arms to be quite frightening. 

At A1F Daily, we’ll be providing coverage of the Democratic National Convention as it relates to our Second Amendment-protected right to keep and bear arms. Keep an eye out here later this week, as the anti-gun rhetoric is likely to ratchet up to a shrill level as the convention progresses.

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