As you read this column, Election Day 2012 is imminent. Hard as it may be for some of you to believe, that are going to be a fairly large number of people who regularly read SGN who either considering voting for Obama, or perhaps not voting at all. Please: unless you are looking forward to America being in civil war or something like the terrifying future of the movie Mad Max, you must do your best to help defeat Obama.
Why, you are asking, would anyone who cares about guns vote for Obama? After the 2008 election, I received letters from readers asking what Obama had done to make any gun owner skeptical of him. It is certainly true that in the four years since Obama was elected president, he has done nothing of any importance that directly impaired the rights of gun owners. But this has had more to do with political realities than with Obama’s good intentions.
The Democratic Party, while it has some pro-gun elected officials, is dominated by those who are fiercely hostile to gun ownership, and will work at whatever mechanisms that they can to disarm law-abiding Americans. But they aren’t complete fools; they recognize that over the last 20 years, there has been a momentous change in attitudes about gun ownership in America, and a direct assault on gun rights is, in much of the country, political suicide. It was a rather astonishing moment when, early in 2009, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Attorney-General Eric Holder to stop talking about a ban on assault weapons.1 (Holder was pushing for a permanent federal assault weapon ban like the one that expired in 2004.)2