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    Interesting read...

    This came to me in an email, evidently copied from a Democratic political forum.
    It is interesting to see one Democrat that has had enough of the far left leanings
    of their party, at least when it comes to gun control issues....

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    I have been \"lurking\" here for quite sometime, and I would like for some of
    ya\'ll to meet an \"alienated\" rural Democrat.

    First a little background about me.....

    My family has STRONG Democratic roots, Both my parents where union
    organizers in some textile mills in southwest Virginia back in the 1970\'s I
    was the \"Democratic poster child\" in parades back in the 70\'s, we was also
    featured on the nightly news for a period of time, with my mother\'s work
    with bringing the union into town, (ultimately unsuccessful) My mother was
    also a delegate, from the state of Virginia, for Mondale, at the democratic
    convention

    My wife\'s family has just as strong roots. Her father has just retired from
    the coalmines. Her grandfather has served in local government on the
    democratic ticket for many years, and is also a union man.

    My \"alienation\" began around 1993, when gun control started being a loudly
    contested issue. My WHOLE FAMILY owns guns, we ALL where raised around them.

    Guns where NOT an issue, everyone had them. I was raised in a small house,
    my father\'s long guns where stored in a rack over the headboard of my bed,
    his handguns where kept in his bed-side bureau and yes, he kept a .45 1911
    pistol, loaded, in the open, on top of his dresser, no big deal, it was
    ALWAYS THERE, right beside his tie-tack box.

    It was ready to defend everything my father held dear in his life at a
    moments notice.

    To us kids, it was nothing special, they was ALWAYS their, very much like
    the butcher knives in the kitchen, they are both deadly, but they both are
    just \"their\".

    Nothing special about them

    Now I know some of you are thinking my father was a \"gun nut\" he was NOT, I
    don\'t ever remember him buying any guns, he did not shoot them often, maybe
    a box of shells a year, right before hunting season. All the guns he had, he
    had BEFORE he had me.

    I had uncles and cousins that \"traded in guns\" allot. It is a hobby to them
    and they are law abiding folks, each and everyone. They enjoy the hobby of
    collecting and shooting as do I

    I remember, me and my (then hardcore democratic uncle) was watching the news
    about the Brady bill, he got very silent about it, but was still supportive
    to the Democrats. Then the AW ban came, I remember seeing Feinstein on the
    news, holding up a semi auto AK up saying that ONLY CRIMINALS would have
    one. (Between all of us, we had 4 of those rifles) in the next election my
    uncles and cousins went republican, I did too

    I PROUDLY voted for Bill Clinton over Bush SR, he took my vote and betrayed
    me and my family.

    We saw the party that we supported faithfully for generations literally turn
    on us overnight it seemed. Gun Control was all over the news and if you
    disagreed, you where \"outside the mainstream\" or a \"gun nut\"

    Some will say we are just bigots, religious zealots, and \"simpletons\" and we
    don\'t matter.

    But the truth is I could not careless about gay marriage, I am supportive of
    abortion rights, I detest what is happened in Iraq, I BELIEVE IN ALL OF THE
    BILL OF RIGHTS.

    And I am an outcast from the democrats, because I believe in the 2nd
    amendment

    It is about MORE than guns, it is about personal responsibility, I was
    taught at a VERY EARLY age, that it is MY number 1 responsibility to protect
    myself and family from \"folks that have bad intentions\" Guns are the BEST
    means of that, the police are ONLY CALLED AFTER there is a crime committed,
    if you cannot defend yourself effectively, or rely on OTHERS to protect your
    family, you have FAILED as a parent/husband.

    All these gun control laws effect is how effectively I can protect my wife
    and kids, or my wife protecting herself and kids when I am not here, THAT IS
    UNACCEPTABLE!!


    Let me point out the damage that gun control has done to the democrats; my
    family has swung to the right. All my uncles and cousins proudly sport \"Bush
    2004\" and \"W\" stickers on their cars. My father-in-law does not vote
    anymore, he cannot vote for the \"gun banners\" but he can\'t bring himself to
    vote for the republicans neither. ONLY MY WIFE\'S GRANDFATHER STILL OPENLY
    SUPPORTS DEMOCRATS. My wife has swung to the right, she is STILL gloating
    about the election.

    My parents no longer vote/supports democrats neither.

    See the \"gun issue\" is about much more than guns to my family. My family
    would be willing to support the democratic agenda (some may be too far gone
    now) but I think most would. The Democrats lost us with all the \"Hillbilly\",
    \"redneck\", and \"gun nut\" talk

    It\'s not the 90 million U.S. gun owners or their guns that are the problem.
    It\'s the criminals, and the 20,000 gun laws have never deterred them.

    Lines like \"Mr. and Miss America turn them ALL IN\" don\'t help you at all in
    these parts.

    And stop talking about \"hunters\" the INSTANT folks here, hear that, they
    KNOW that you\'re a \"gun banner\"

    Kerry\'s \"canned\" goose hunt was a joke; his 100% voting record against gun
    right was NOT a joke.

    I have read \"post after post\" about how the NRA is a shill for the
    Republicans, they ARE NOT, they DO Support TRULY Pro-Gun democrats, like my
    congress critter, Rep Boucher (D) VA 9th district.(and YES I do vote for him
    proudly)

    And the talk of NRA money, PLEAZZZZ, it is the 4 million members that vote
    religiously that give the NRA its power


    I made this post (MY first) because I WANT to see the Democrats come back, I
    am truly scared that soon if the party don\'t learn, they will find
    themselves completely out of power. The Republicans being in complete
    control scares the crap out of me. I am new to forums so pardon if I have
    broken any un-written rules, PLEASE give me a canadate I can support
    whole-heartedly.

    Andrew

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    You could almost be talking of my son-in-law\'s family. They are all died in the wool dems who are just now waking up and seeing what freedoms they have lost and what the dems would take if they are in office. He (SIL) votes Republican now, but his dad has just stopped voting as he cannot bring himself to vote Republican.

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    I know several Democrats that changed for the election but think they will go back to being a Dem next time around.

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