One battle at a time. We have a lot of work to do with things like property rights, ending the war on some recreational drugs, and Federal regulation of almost everything but we are still winning (or at least not losing) the battle to regain our right to keep and bear arms. Here is more proof from Eugene Oregon:
Other than alienating virtually every rural Democrat, there is no practical reason to ban handguns. We cannot take handguns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens when criminals would still buy them illegally or steal them.
Most importantly, gun ownership, including handguns, is the biggest deterrent to a totalitarian government or military coup. If the neoconservatives use the next terrorist attack to set aside more of our rights, we’ll eventually run out of them. I’ll be thankful that our “well regulated [neighborhood citizen] militia” has a “right to bear arms” that is not “infringed.” Those are quotes from the Constitution. I wish gun banners and neocons would read it and love it.
Several years ago when I successfully moved to strike the gun control plank from the Democratic Party of Lane County’s platform, no rural Democrats vocalized support. That wasn’t surprising, because no rural Democrats were present. We certainly have been rectifying that, as our recent gains have illustrated.
This is not to say I agree with the Lane County Democrats on anything else. Here some info off of their website:
On every civil rights issue, Democrats lead the fight. Democrats support expanding opportunities in jobs, health care benefits, and education. We support vigorous enforcement of civil rights laws.
[Heavy sigh] They don’t really understand what a “right” is. Health care is not and cannot be a right. Same with education and jobs. We still have lots of work to do–one battle at a time.