If you only watched TV or looked the internet, you might think that all Republicans want to arms preschoolers with AR 15 assault rifles and all Democrats want to wage war on babies in the womb. You might think that, but you would be wrong. Surprised? According to a Quinnipiac poll, they found that 62 percent in the GOP support banning gun modifications that turn semi-automatic guns into virtual automatic weapons (machine guns) with the use of such accessories as as bump stocks. And, the other side of that contradiction between reality and image is shown in a Marist poll that found that only 21 percent of Democrats actually favor legal abortion on demand for all nine months of pregnancy, and 56 percent support or strongly support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. Add on to that the fact that far more Democrats strongly oppose taxpayer funding of abortions (24 percent) than strongly support such (15 percent). Hmmmm. . . .
There are those who try to make the Republican Party into the political action committee of the NRA and there are those who try to make the Democratic Party into the political action committee of the pro-abortion movement. In reality, this is not the case. However, there are vested interests on both sides in preserving these stereotypes.
I stand with Ronald Reagan who insisted that being pro-gun rights for sportsman does not mean believing the lie that an automatic or semi-automatic assault rifle is a sportsman's gun. It is not. The second amendment, which I fully support, does not guarantee all weapons are allowed or that none can be separated and restricted. That said, are we to allow the stereotype to continue? It is the silence of the people in the middle who allow the voices of the extremes to predominate in this discussion.
In the same way, what ever happened to making abortion legal, safe, and rare? Democrats have taken on the abortion cause nationally in ways that state and local Democrats cannot support. If this is the case, then those Democrats on the state and local level need to raise their voices and insist that the fringe does not speak for them.
My point is simply this. Unless we stand up, those on the fringes will define who we are. We cannot allow them this privilege. For the sake of the second amendment on steriods and a supreme court decision formed from imaginary law, we must stake our claim to what is good, right, and beneficial and take back the bully pulpit from those presume to speak for us.
You may disagree with me and I may respectfully disagree with you but all of us will need to make our case on the merits of the cause and not on the silent support of people who don't actually agree with us.