CINDY HILL: Now that individual firearms ownership, at least for the limited purpose of personal protection in the home, has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court as a Constitutional right, will Democrats come out of the gun cabinet to support an armed citizenry? The idea is not so far-fetched as it might seem. There has always been a core of firearms owners deeply dedicated to civil rights and other liberties that sound suspiciously like a Democrat-ish agenda. In 1960, no less a Democratic icon than Hubert Humphrey pointed to the right of citizenry to keep and bear arms as one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government. George Washington University law and history professor Robert Cottroll, a self-described Humphrey Democrat and black former resident of East Harlem, New York, is one of the nation’s most outspoken advocates for personal firearms ownership, and has written extensively about the racist and classist roots of gun control laws. Attorney Lindsay K. Charles of Goodwin Proctor in Washington DC, authored a Cardozo Law Review article on Feminists and Firearms, asking why so many feminist women are against enhancing their personal safety and protection by firearms ownership. And this writer recently addressed the National Rifle Association’s annual Firearms Law Seminar in St. Louis, identifying myself as a liberal woman lawyer with a gun–bound to offend everyone. The question that firearms advocates seriously need to ask themselves is, How on earth can Mitt Romney be considered more favorable in regards to personal gun ownership than Barack Obama? As Massachusetts governor, Romney was no guardian angel of gun owners. He blamed Vermont’s lax gun laws (a state with the lowest crime rate in the nation) for Massachusetts’ violent crimes. He drastically raised gun permit prices and made it clear that firearms organizations were not his friends. Despite the sky-is-falling predictions of the NRA, the Obama administration has not made a concerted effort to disarm America, and has demonstrated respect for the Supreme Court’s ruling acknowledging firearms ownership as a Constitutional right. As the election progresses, gun owners should be thinking about Democrats — and Democrats might do well to think about gun owners.
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