Democrats Choose Gun Control for 2016 Party Platform

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -(Ammoland.com)- Following the lead of their presumptive presidential nominee, the Democratic Party is set to adopt a gun control plank in their 2016 party platform that lays bare the party leadership’s antipathy towards gun rights.

The draft 2016 plank marks a significant shift in the party’s approach to the issue. Out is the lip service paid to the Second Amendment contained in the last several party platforms; the 2016 version is a forthright list of restrictive policies and an inflammatory tone common to the Democratic Party platforms of the 1990s.

Released July 1, the gun control plank of the draft 2016 Democratic Party Platform reads:

Gun Violence Prevention

With 33,000 Americans dying every year, Democrats believe that we must finally take sensible action to address gun violence. While gun ownership is part of the fabric of many communities, too many families in America have suffered from gun violence. We can respect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping our communities safe. We will expand background checks and close dangerous loopholes in our current laws, hold irresponsible dealers and manufacturers accountable, keep weapons of war—such as assault weapons—off our streets, and ensure guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists, domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and those with severe mental health issues.

Notice that the plank does not mention the Second Amendment, or recognize the fact that it protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. This is a marked departure from the 2012 Democratic Party Platform, which held: 

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.

The 2016 draft platform’s gun control plank also differs sharply from the 2008 Democratic Party Platform, which contains the sentence: 

We recognize that the 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. 

Similarly, the 2004 Democratic Party Platform noted:

We will protect Americans' Second Amendment right to own firearms…

The 1992, 1996, and 2000 Democratic Party Platforms make no mention of the Second Amendment, offering only hollow assurances to hunters and sportsmen.

After George W. Bush defeated Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election, there was a concerted effort by Democrats to moderate, or at least give the appearance of moderating, the prevailing party positions on gun control in order to better reflect the American electorate’s respect for gun rights. For instance, in 2002, the Washington Post reported on a Democratic Senate caucus retreat at which “several” senators suggested a move away from gun control. According to the item, this prompted freshman Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) to “[urge] her colleagues to keep their positions but change their language to be less inflammatory to swing voters.” In the mid-2000s Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel also sought to shift the party’s anti-gun perception. When understood in this historical context, despite coming from a party that often speaks of “progress,” the 2016 draft gun control plank is positively retrograde.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has repeatedly made clear that she not only supports the severe gun control efforts outlined in the draft platform, but also rejects the Supreme Court’s ruling in the District of Columbia v. Heller, which held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.

On separate occasions, Clinton called the landmark decision, “terrible,” and noted, “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment and I am going to make that case every chance I get.

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    Thats the dummy dems for you. Not knowing whats going on. Lets take the weapons from her body guards and see where she stands or any dem

    BillyBob Texas
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    I hope so, James !! We’ve got to ensure ALL gun owners – and their families and friends and neighbors vote early – and vote often !! If Hillary gets in, she WILL change the Supreme Court and they WILL change the law to ‘militias’ ONLY. Did you hear Supreme Ginsberg today? She’s already said she can’t wait for Hillary to appoint some more of ‘her kind, so I can vote on the winning side again’ and she has stated she can’t wait to overturn Heller vs. DC, and lots more. We’re screwed if Hillary gets in. We’ll all be… Read more »

    james
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    james

    DWS will not have a job for long, she will have to resort to making internet porn movies from her home.

    james
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    james

    Dems will learn the hard way just as Al Gore did with his anti gun platform.

    kenneth kaplan
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    kenneth kaplan

    I am glad that the commie party id leading with gun control, It uist goes to show that is is there only subject they have. I guess they believe there own lies about a decline in gun ownership. We will see.

    JohnC
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    JohnC

    The Democrats can blame themselves for the emergence of Donald Trump. Their misunderstanding of the second amendment and the devotion a core of Americans have to it is lost on them. They confuse inner-city crime and gangs causing the deaths of thousands with the solid citizen gun owner not involved in crime. Those are two distinct groups of people. President Clinton made great strides with his crackdown on multiple offenders, and increased policing in the ghettos. I do not recall the numbers exactly but gun violence in the ghettos dropped by the tens of thousands. This is where gun control… Read more »

    Jim Macklin
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    Jim Macklin

    The Democrats do not misunderstand the Second Amendment. They know exactly what it means and what the SCOUS meant and intended in HELLER and McDonald. They disagree with the meaning and intent. The Democrats created the KKK after the Civil War because ALL the freed slaves were Republicans and so were most of the members of Congress The KKK was the ISIS of 1866. The Democrats have always lied to gain power. They lied to the slaves and by 1890 most of the former slaves were voting Democrat in the South. By the end of WWI the migration of former… Read more »

    BillyBob Texas
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    BillyBob Texas

    E X C E L L E N T !!! This is EXACTLY what the Democrats should have on the very top of their list.

    It has worked for them in the past….hope that trend continues !!……

    Kypatriot
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    Kypatriot

    Remember 1994

    TEX
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    TEX

    What da skank !