BlueOregon: Democrats and the 2nd Amendment

By Zak Johnson of Portland, Oregon. Zak is one of the co-founders of the Gun Owners Caucus of the Democratic Party of Oregon.

When asked why Al Gore didn’t become president in January of 2001, most Democrats refer to the theft of Florida. Point taken. But Al Gore’s campaign spokesman, Doug Hattaway, mentions another state–Tennessee. And the reason, says Hattaway, that Gore lost his home state of Tennessee–along with the rest of the South and the Intermountain West–was because of the gun issue.

As Democrats, we OWN the civil rights issue. The Bush administration daily violates the 1st, 4th, and 5th amendments (unless you consider confessions under torture not to be self-incrimination). Tom Delay’s cronies continue to violate the 13th amendment in the U.S. Mariannas. It has never been clearer that the Democratic Party is the nation’s primary defender of the Constitution. This is an unequivocal, easy-to-understand position that resonates with voters. It’s a uniting position as well, one that should attract patriots to the Democratic banner.