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Howard Dean's Gun Position


Despite the "A" rating from the NRA, I'd hardly call Howard Dean's gun position an anti gun-control position. From Matthew Yglesias, I got this link to an LA Times article about the positions of the various candidates. This part jumped out at me:
Guns. There's a time bomb ticking beneath Dean's embrace by the left: His views on gun control. Dean says Washington should mostly leave future decisions on guns to the states; he says that if Gore had taken that position, he would have defeated George W. Bush.

But it's not clear whether ardently pro-gun control liberals in California and elsewhere will agree. One warning sign for Dean came after a forum sponsored last week by the Children's Defense Fund, when liberal icon Marian Wright Edelman, the group's founder, denounced his position. "When a child is being killed by guns every three minutes," she said, "it's not enough to say, 'Let the states handle it.' "
Actually, that's exactly the way the problem will get solved. If Marian Wright Edelman thinks that the GOP controlled congress is going to pass legislation for her, she's nuts. By letting the states decide, Dean would be giving her the only chance she has of getting what she wants.

When the GOP says "State's Rights", they are usually trying to pull a fast one on you, so I understand the why Democrats may have a bad feeling about this. But here's a way to use "State's Rights" the way the Framers intended--to make sure people have what they need from government and no more or less.
4/14/2003 04:36:00 PM [Link] |