Since the Platform has now been amended to include God and Israel, why not make some more changes?
In an email that we sent to the DNC, the following changed verbiage was suggested:
"Firearms. 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. We believe
that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, much
of which is already in place. We understand the terrible consequences
of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our
time here is limited and precious. We believe in continuing the honest,
open national conversation about firearms. We will focus on effective
enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background
check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense
improvements—like exploring the use of a BIDS-type system, encouraging
responsable gun ownership and proper storage options—so that the number
of guns falling into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few
can be reduced or eliminated."
Information on BIDS can be found here:
http://www.gunlaws.com/BIDS%20v.%20NICS.htm One concern is that the
BIDS list would be handled like the TSA's "no fly" list, but that can be
avoided by utilizing the current methods of resolving NICS inaccuracies
on a Deny result.
As a party, we have come a LONG way from where we were in '94 on this
issue. Removing the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as a wedge decisive
issue would remove the teeth from anti-Liberal groups such as the GOA
and NRA-ILA. The '94 Assault Weapons Ban did nothing to stem the tide
of gun related crime and in fact caused a plateau of crime while it was
in place based upon a study of the FBI UCR data from '94 through '04
which then has declined steadily again after the expiration.
I have CC'ed other Gun Owners' Caucuses from OR, AZ and TX to keep them appriased of our suggestions from here in Missouri.
Thank you for placing Firearms in the Civil Rights portion of the Platform where it is a much better fit."
Yours for a Democratic Victory,
This is the text of a blog post that I put up on the Democrats.org site for the DGOC of MO. The message was CCed to the other Gun Owners' Caucuses around the country and they were in agreement.
If GOP pundits and Israeli S-PACs can change things from the outside, perhaps Democrats on the inside can make changes as well. Diane Fienstein will object, but she is but one voice in the party. Her lack of willingness to learn about this issue is a splinter in the eye of responsible gun owners everywhere.