Sign of Hope

When even liberal Democrats get the picture on the Second Amendment, there’s hope.

In this case, it’s center-left Senator Jon Tester of Montana, who Tis among the leaders of the move in Congress in support of euthanizing the DC Gun Ban (which I wrote about last week):

Tester also touched on how 2nd Amendment protects our rights and on how gun law ban hurts law abiding citizens. Tester is one of 55 Senators and 250 Representatives to sign an amicus brief arguing the Second Amendment is an individual right.

One vote at a time.

(Assuming we can keep sanity in the near-majority in the Supreme Court, anyway. More on that later).

5 thoughts on “Sign of Hope

  1. Yup. As I’ve been saying for almost five years, we wouldn’t have passed the MCPPA without the votes of some liberal DFLers. Granted, conservative Republicans carried the ball most of the way, and did most of the heavy lifting, but pro-self-defense liberal DFLers were not only welcome, but essential.

    Note that our liberal AG, Lori Swanson, has signed onto the AGs’ brief in Heller — she’s on the good side of this.

    Civil rights are not just a conservative ethic.

  2. Hi Joel,
    Yes you are correct that the MCPPA would not have passed without some DFL votes. Note that no DFLer from the fifth CD voted for it though. Those DFL votes came entirely from outstate MN.

    I would love to see the Democratic Party again take the Second Amendment seriously. I would love to see self defense as a non issue in our national elections as it was not to very long ago in our past.

    But until we have Democrats who would agree with this statement while running for president

    “I am pleased to accept Life Membership in the National Rifle Association and extend to your organization every good wish for continued success.”

    -John F. Kennedy, March 20, 1961

    the Second Amendment will remain a major issue and one that todays liberals will lose.

  3. I really have to wonder, of all the anti-2nd amend. liberals out there, which ones are just hoplophobes, and which ones are actively (discreetly, but actively) trying to disarm the population for purposes of control.

  4. jpmn — yup; it was outstate DFLers. That’s okay, and, frankly, given the Metrocrats, I’m hardly surprised that they opposed a commonsense, mainstream reform law. It was, after all, both commonsense and mainstream, and that’s not exactly the words that spring to mind when one thinks of Wes “Skogie” Skoglund, Jane “Harsh Mistress” Ranum, or the like.

    I like the JFK quote, although I think my favorite quote on the second Amendment is:

    “Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms … The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard, against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible.”

    Gotta love Hubert Humphrey.

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