By Kevin “Coach” Collins
The issue of assault weapons has gotten Hillary Clinton being kicked under Barack Obama’s bus. His latest “ally toss” came on the heels of Clinton’s infuriating statements blaming America for the criminal drug rings in Mexico.
Once Clinton took her foot out of her mouth she tried to suck up to Mexican President Felipe Calderón by saying her husband’s ban on assault weapons should be reinstated.
In short order White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters he knew of no plans to push for the renewed ban on assault weapons candidate Obama had promised.
Clinton is not the only Obama Cabinet member to be pushed out on the ice and abandoned for promoting the cause of reinstating an assault weapons ban.
After he endorsed a new ban in February, Attorney General Eric Holder was instructed by the Obama White House to drop the politically hot issue.
Kudos to the NRA
Observers speculating about why Democrats would backtrack from their long held anti gun positions have decided the Party’s leaders are finally listening to NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre. The NRA spokesman’s warnings about the ballot box price they would pay should they cross the nation’s second Amendment supporters are being hear.
The Democrats recall the election night bloodbath they suffered in 1994 partly because they insisted upon attacking Second Amendment rights, and they don’t want to risk losing power again.
The downside for us is that the relationship between the Democrats and the NRA is growing. The NRA gave Democratic Congressional candidates about $240,000 in 2008 and helped them increase their numbers. While this relationship may bring short term gains there is no reason to think the Democrats won’t stab Second Amendment supporters in the back once they get strong enough to kick the NRA under Obama’s famous bus.
There is always a danger in throwing in with single issue groups. The often don’t see the big picture or do see it and don’t give a damn. I once asked my friend Wayne LaPierre if he didn’t agree that given total power again, the Democrats wouldn’t A) outlaw the Republican Party and B) take a razor and cut the Second Amendment out of the Constitution. He had nothing to say. He knew I had a point.
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