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A Hill To Fight On — Not a Desk to Die Under

Yes, we read a lot about various associations of chiefs of police trying to get guns "off the streets." Ask any cop below the rank of captain, though, and you'll find that the police welcome the presence of responsible citizens with firearms; cops are people too, and they realize that the cop's motto -- "go home alive at the end of your shift" -- ought to apply to civilians as well. As the police will be the first to tell you, they can't be everywhere. Nor, legally, is it their duty to save you, as the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in its 1995 Castle Rock v. Gonzales decision. New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse wrote at the time:

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.

The way to win the "gun control" argument, therefore, is to frame it for what it really is: the Democrats' attempt to strip away the right of self-defense to the citizenry, cloaked in its traditional sheep's clothing of "compassion" and "reasonableness." But you need to know is that when they whine, "how many bullets/magazines/guns does a person need?" the answer in their minds is zero. And the lying starts at the top.

As the last election showed, the GOP has all but completely alienated blacks and Hispanics -- and yet, paradoxically, these are the two groups who a) are the most victimized by crime and b) have the least trust in the police. Shouldn't the right to defend oneself and one's family be of paramount importance to them? If so, then why are they allowing rich white yuppies from Harvard who can't tell a clip from a bobby pin and a 15-round magazine from the new issue of Vanity Fair to dictate to them what they may or may not use in the course of self defense?

Principles, not programs. Conservatives need to couch the debate in terms of personal freedom and personal protection. Take a page from Alinsky and surround themselves at press conferences and photo ops with people who have saved their own lives and those of others with their personal firearms. And make the Left have a "Kitty Dukakis" moment over and over again:

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