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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #44)

Wed Nov 30, 2016, 07:46 PM

46. Here's a fact from the FBI: 13,500 murders annually, all rifles *combined* account for 270.

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2015/crime-in-the-u.s.-2015/tables/table-20

Open your mind and look at the FBI data; many states have *zero* rifle homicides in any given year, and the vast majority of states are in the single digits.

You may not *intend* to threaten 60 million potential voters with prison if we don't comply with your beliefs, but by using those scare terms and trying to craft legislation based on them, you are doing exactly that. That paragraph in the platform was written by someone who has no earthly idea what guns are prevalent in U.S. homes, or what Federal gun law currently covers, or how many cartridges a typical gun holds.

If you equate "reform" with "ban the most popular guns and magazines in U.S. homes", then yes, I object. So does over 50% of the U.S. population.

Clinton lost my state on those gun-404 talking points and legislative proposals, even as a pro-gun Dem (Roy Cooper) won the governor's race---elected by the *same* voters. Those talking points also swung MI, PA, FL, and other close races to Trump.

I saw this happen in 2000, and 2004, and wrote about it here on DU. The Third Way's experiment with elitist authoritarianism on this issue has not been helpful to the party since it was first floated in September 1994.

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