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The Republican Platform Plank on the 2nd Amendment

It’s not often that a political position statement in this the 21st Century does not warrant further explanation, interpretation or parsing. In this regard, the Republican platform plank on the Second Amendment is a breath of fresh air. Although the wording is present-day, the directness of expression and clarity of sentiment is so in keeping with how our forefathers approached the issue of our freedoms that we recommend it to you without further comment.

“We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a right which antedated the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment. We acknowledge, support, and defend the law-abiding citizen’s God-given right of self-defense. We call for the protection of such fundamental individual rights recognized in the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago affirming that right, and we recognize the individual responsibility to safely use and store firearms. This also includes the right to obtain and store ammunition without registration. We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents. Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend their homes and communities. We condemn frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and oppose federal licensing or registration of law-abiding gun owners. We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the ill-considered Clinton gun ban. We condemn the reckless actions associated with the operation known as “Fast and Furious,” conducted by the Department of Justice, which resulted in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent and others on both sides of the border. We applaud the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in holding the current Administration’s Attorney General in contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with their investigation into that debacle. We oppose the improper collection of firearms sales information in the four southern border states, which was imposed without congressional authority.”

Now as the Democratic National Convention approaches, we can hope for a campaign platform statement on the right to keep and bear arms that is as straightforward, respectful of our history and of recent Supreme Court decisions as the reasonable members of that party can achieve. We will not hold our breath, but we can hope.

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27 Responses to “The Republican Platform Plank on the 2nd Amendment”

  1. Mike

    Positive feelings / hopes of things to come!!!

  2. John Doe

    The antigunners are complete jokers. We had a 10 year ban on ‘assault’ weapons and it did absolutely squat reducing crime.
    Democrats know this full well and good and are just using talk of another ban to dupe the DemDrones into voting for them….because apparently the drones themselves are incapable of enough intelligent thought and reason to figure out what their messiah types already know….banning guns doesnt stop violent crime or murder.

  3. Ray Ake

    They don’t want to stop crime or murder,,IT”S there bread and butter to keep them in office !! they WILL not attack terrorest countrie’s, or hunt them down..same thing of the 60’s,,They can KILL you;;but you better not hurt there feeling’s,,or th UN and there LAP DOG’S,,media,,liberal’s will be all over you for being honest and truthfull,,Remember it took OBdogboy 6 time’s to make up his mind to kill bin lauden,,and then only because the press was watching him.. with FOX new’s there he knew word would get out !!

  4. hypnotic

    Speaking of the “Assault Weapons Ban”, check out which presidential candidate signed one into permanent law, in their state. Yes, it’s mitt romney that did that. The truth is gun laws are looser now than they were, even under george w. bush. Under the Obama Administration, you can now travel with firearms, in your checked baggage, on Amtrak. You can also carry concealed weapons into National Parks. Obama has only signed pro-gun legislation and has never expressed anything to suggest otherwise. The best pro-gun candidate is not mitt romney.


    You can see him say it with his own mouth.

  5. Gr8Ray

    Stop trying to convince these people with facts and records, they only react to propaganda and emotion.

  6. jon

    so look at all the gun grabs tried under the democrat party ny ,wash dc , California ,detroit,and after katrina in new orliens how well does that work we see the crime stats that come out of those citys every week where the gangs are shooting up the towns and robbing and killing with no way for the honest people to fight back after they took the guns in new orleans the police stayed at home because they knew they where out gunned on the street with no one to side with them ! or back them up after the la riots the only stores not touched or robbed had the owners inside with shotguns !!! also the reason more and better gun laws are comming into effect is that the people are taking the citys anti gun laws to court in spite of what obama wants !! and they are winning

  7. LLinLa

    “Hypnotic” is an apropos name for such a sleepwalker as yourself. I will count slowly backwards from 10 and you will finally awaken feeling fresh and rejuvenated and your dream state will end . . .



  9. Gr8Ray

    No, but I would vote to ban your caps-lock key.

  10. Don,

    I am a kGun loving Democrat and I believe that the current administration will protect my rights, ALL of them.

  11. polaris

    You are completely brainwashed. Amazing!!!

  12. Gr8Ray

    Pot, meet kettle. You think your party is any better? Drink some more Kool-aid.

  13. ML

    Just listened to BHO lie again about Fast and Furious. Said it started under Bush. It started 10/09. If he had nothing to hide, why not share everything between he and Eric Holder with the public instead of claiming white house executive privilege??? REALLY? You can tell when Obama is lying, his mouth is moving!

  14. Pattern Recognition

    Mitt Romney was Massachusetts governor and enacted gun bans while in charge there. What do you really think he’d do in the White House?

  15. jimmykl

    And yet he has the full support of the NRA.

  16. JR

    In the GOP tank. Shocking.

  17. TJ

    I am a gun owner and make no secret of it. I have a CHL issued from the state of Texas and I carry every single day. I’ve not had to draw my weapon, but I have absolutely no qualms about doing it if necessary. However, I do not believe that the Romney/Ryan ticket is in any way, shape, or form viable for this country. I’m really disappointed by the rhetoric I hear about the 2nd amendment, when those who speak the loudest don’t seem to realize that there are also nine other amendments in the bill of rights that are being eroded daily. And it’s not the Democrats who put this destruction in motion. It was an entire Congress too afraid to stop it. I was heartened recently when I saw a video of an interview with a militia member who came with several of his brethren to watch over the Occupy protesters in Oakland. When asked why he was there, he said “We’re here to protect them (the protesters), because we know it’s not just about our 2nd amendment rights, it’s about all of our rights as citizens.” I just said to myself, finally someone with common sense. It’s time to wake up and stop playing this game of “us and them” because if you think Mitt Romney’s going to look after you and secure your rights–all of them–think again.

  18. Jay

    TJ, you are right that we must be concerned with all of our rights, including those not enumerated in the Bill of Rights. I beg you to reconsider your statement about the 2nd. Most groups who advocate for the 2nd do so on the understanding that they all support all the other rights, but they campaign for the 2nd as a subset because that is what they are good at. They rely on other advocates to support the other rights. In this way the best advocates work for their chosen right. Witness the NRA, who clearly state this premise.

    I also believe a second Obama presidency will drive a stake into the heart of the 2nd, and other rights, by changing the Supreme Court to a liberal bastion.

  19. TJ

    Jay. In no way am I discouraging those who seek to protect the 2nd amendment. I was once an active NRA member and have always been outspoken in my disgust at those who choose to support inane and ineffective “gun control” as a means of crime control. Those two terms are mutually exclusive, as far as I’m concerned. What I don’t support–and the reason I left the NRA–is the demonizing of fellow citizens, on either side, for purposes beyond the scope of the protection of our rights. Calling all Democrats “Left-wing radicals,” or all Republicans “Right-wing reactionaries,” only foments more polarization and hatred. Don’t you think our real enemies are smiling when they see their work become easier because of all this vitriol? Why not instead–and I’ve said this to the other side as well–try to find common ground, the way I saw in the interview I mentioned? I consider myself a progressive liberal; however, I have very defined views about some subjects that would put me in the category of a social conservative. So I’m caught in the middle with no true alignment to either side. I feel like there are many Americans like me, who have a desire to see this country return to the idea and practice of civil debate and unconditional positive regard for each other–regardless of where our ideologies meet or diverge. I don’t see that happening with Romney/Ryan. I just see a pair of men who are ready to through anyone under the bus to get what they want. Just my very sincere opinion after 63 years on this rock.

  20. OfBy4thePeople

    TJ, I couldn’t agree with you more. However the choice is between Romney and Obama. It is as simple as that. Anyone who thinks he will “vote his conscience” as KC Ted, is just kidding themselves. A vote for anyone except Romney is a vote for Obama. An abstention is a vote for Obama. I don’t like it, but that is the way it is. I could count the number of times I have voted for someone I really supported on one hand and have fingers left over, and I have been on the planet 66 years. What is your choice, Romney or Obama?

  21. Ray Ake

    you are correct,,there are good and bad,,you can’t blame the few for what other’s do..WE do the voteing,,they work for us,,NEVER carry on the party line,,VOTE what is best for OUR country !!!!! not there BACK pocket’s..WE NEED FRESH honest BLOOD,,NOT people that only look out for greed..the world has changed a lot in my 63 year’s,,time for fresh mind’s,,new out look at the world,,REAL men and women,,not liberal’s,,coward’s,,money grabber’s,,BUT WHAT made this Country great..

  22. Ray Ake

    WE are few and far between,,as we know it’s about ALL our freedom’s;;not just 1;;;if they take 1 then they will come after al of them.. DISARM then you have total control of a once FREE nation..

  23. sweetbaby612

    Say what you will about Romney(locked in with a Democrat congress); but you know what a Socialist puke like BHO wants to do AND WILL DO if re-elected.. All of your guns
    would be gone forever just like Hitler did in Germany in the thirties!!

  24. Captain America

    … they forgot to mention the flag, apple pie or mom. They
    could have scored more political
    “points” with these simple additions. Really, who could vote
    against more American Eagles. Beyond
    that … it seems like it was a well written script to hit ever SUPER “R”
    buzzword to create a false sense of reality and whip up panic in R party base.
    — Truly, sad

    And, the SUPER “D” party plank reads the same for their
    bunch of hapless, flighty followers. … they should have mentioned butterflies,
    puppies, and hating cancer. — Truly,

    In the last two decades, BOTH of these two “party’s”
    have slid into mudslinging millionaires and destroyed what was built over two
    hundred years… by the people, for the people. We need to get back to be
    Americans first and supporting the RED, WHITE and BLUE of the whole nation. Our
    global competitors, sworn enemies and fake allies love to see the winey
    millionaires squabble while our country decays. —

    Now SUPER “R” sheep, do as you’re told … Vote Mitt! Let’s have more of the same !

    And, watch has your grandkids work for Chinese corporations,
    have Indian bosses, and can’t read or reason that they been screwed. — That’s
    not my house in the Hamptons, John Sidney McCain III. First elected in 1982.

    Think. – Good Luck to all of us !

    Captain America – True Independent for America

  25. KC Ted

    Romney passed a gun ban when governor, Obama has his little F&F program to show us how bad the 2nd Amendment is.

    We missed out on Ron Paul because the media told us to and we always do what the media says,, eventually. Because they know what’s best for America. However, at this juncture, I will vote for Gary Johnson, a staunch defender of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, including the 2nd Amendment. While he has very little chance of winning at least I will be voting for the best candidate. Maybe voting for the best candidate will eventually become popular, in spite of the media controlled by the financial elite.

    Johnson served 2 terms as a Republican governor (in a state that’s 2 to 1 Dems over Repubs). Served the term limit. He left his state with a balanced budget and a surplus of a billion bucks. Climbed Mt Everest with a healing broken leg and blackened frozen toes. Competed 3 times in the Ironman triathlon. He has tenacity and ethics. If Johnson pulls a large enough voting block, from the Big Two, it will send a big message that the pro-liberty movement is not about Ron Paul, but indeed about liberty.

    I’m tired of holding my nose when voting, especially between 2 candidates that have very little differences on the truly critical issues. I’m going to vote my conscience this time and vote Johnson.

  26. Dean Guilberry

    Democrats will say ANYTHING to push more control (not just gun control but control in general).

    Both parties made a 2nd amendment statement and its obvious that Dems want more GUN CONTROL and could care less about the Constitution and our rights!
    The Republican platform is saying the existing laws are good. Demopcrats on the other hand aren’t even talking in code like they usually do. Their election statements show Blatantly that they want MORE GUN CONTROL!

    Liberalism is a disease! It screws up the brains ability to tell (and to discern) the truth, and rewards mediocracy, creating a country full of takers not contributors.
    We can hold Romney to his word if he changes after election. We cannot hold Obama to his word unless he is actually says he is going to do a weapons ban but doesn’t actually want another weapons ban? lol that is pretty funny thought!
    We (Americans that pay attenntion) all know Liberals and Conservatives that if you want gun control you vote D and if you don’t you vote any thing other than D.

  27. jimmy jam garvin

    Clinton was duped by whatever group sent special agent Lewinski in to get him to sign NAFTA. The ban was to get attention away from NAFTA and onto the ban. NAFTA is what is killing our economy today. They knew they could not bribe him with money but with some hanky panky he was willing to sign anything.