Pandering for the gun vote

Republicans are clearly pandering for the gun vote this election:

“Delegates to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday will approve the most pro-gun platform ever, staking out support for national concealed carry reciprocity and opposing domestic restrictions on ammunition and United Nations interference in gun sales …”

David Keane mentioned this when he was on NRANews last Friday.  While I don’t doubt that some of these feelings are genuine, this has to be an attempt to shore up the lukewarm feelings gun owners have for Mitt Romney.

“… Leading the changes from prior GOP platforms was a sentence backing the use of deadly force for self-defense … “We acknowledge, support and defend law-abiding citizens’ God-given right of self-defense.” Also added was language opposing restrictions on ammo purchases and supporting the right of those with state-issued concealed carry permits to cross state lines. In the section calling on Americans to handle guns safely, the GOP platform adds: “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.” …  “We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines, or otherwise revising the ill-considered Clinton gun ban.” …”

This is all well and good, but talk is cheap.  Let’s see them back it up by refusing to endorse any candidate who refuses to follow the platform, especially incumbents with poor voting records..  I do not see that happening.

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