This (via Carnivore) just in, off the Democrat party platform. Shameful emphasis added:
We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, but we know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne. We can work together to enact and enforce commonsense laws and improvements – like closing the gun show loophole, improving our background check system, and reinstating the assault weapons ban, so that guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals.
Hm. So many ways to approach this.
What precisely is the difference between Cheyenne and Chicago? Size? But no, there are small cities (Flint) that are criminal cesspools, and big cities (Phoenix, New York) that are relatively quite safe.
Well, there’s the obvious difference; the law-abiding citizen has comprehensive gun rights in Cheyenne, and none whatsoever in Chicago. And it’s working so well. But that can’t be what they’re talking about, since that’s a “commonsense” law that has failed miserably.
What…other…difference could there be?
Oh, and nice touch, there, Democrats; “reinstate the “assault weapon” ban so terrorists don’t get them”. You’d have to be a Tic to be stupid enough to buy that; “assault weapon” is a political term meaning “semi-automatic gun that looks scary”; real terrorists and serious criminals can get the real thing, fully-automatic assault rifles (not “assault weapons”) and submachine guns from any number of sources around the world – and lest you forget, the World Trade Center and Bali and Barcelona and London weren’t gun crimes.
Automatic weapons – “machine guns” and “submachine guns” – have been illegal for most citizens for seventy-odd years , and yet every self-respecting drug runner who wants one can get a fully-automatic Uzi or AK.
In a sense, this platform plank is a good thing; it shows the conflict between the sensible, responsible wings of the party who recognize that “gun control” is a third rail on which they whiz at their own peril, and the nutroot urbocrat base whose faith in gun control is like the Raelians’ faith in their passing comet. Compare this with the gun control planks of 20 and 25 years ago; there is a palpable realization that they’re on thin ice with that sliver of America between the Sierra Madre and the Hudson.
They’re trying to put a fuzzy slipper over the jackboot.
 You can get a permit, of course, provided you pay a confiscatory tax and take a very intrusive background check. In seventy years, there’s been one crime committed by a legal automatic weapons owner in the US. It was a cop.