Look again at what I said: We have ALWAYS supported your right to do as you will...but your right to do as you will ENDS when you use your right in a way that is harmful to other people!
Here, perhaps, is the only area in which the Republicans would win this particular debate — for while most gun-control advocates would claim with a real measure of accuracy and truth that the Republicans' victory earlier this year is a testament to the political activism of the current Supreme Court and power of the NRA, I feel this is more a matter of pragmatism. Why? Because guns are everywhere in America — Pandora's already out of the box and she ain't a-gonna get back in; any conservative who thinks that the liberals would actually try to come get their guns (and the continually-diminishing numbers of liberals who actually keep dreaming this particular pipe dream) is living in a fantasy. The conservatives have won this contest, and the Democrats are for the most part letting this one go for the foreseeable future...we've largely accepted that Pandora's pointing a loaded assault rifle at anyone who thinks she's going to get back into the box. Thanks to the lack of gun control, thousands of innocent Americans (and thousands of Mexican citizens caught in the crossfire of the drug war enabled by OUR guns smuggled across the border (2,000 guns per day)) will die every year...but there's nothing we can do about it. So we'll have to deal with it.
For the conservatives who still think that President Obama's going to take their guns away, they should consider the following: at a September 2008 campaign rally in rural Virginia, Obama declared unequivocally, "I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe in people's lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won't take your handgun away. ... There are some common-sense gun safety laws that I believe in. But I am not going to take your guns away." Has he done anything truly significant to indicate otherwise? No.
Freedom of Religion:
"I got into politics to put Christian conservatives into office. They're the people that do the best jobs over all." Who said that? Texas state Republican Executive Committee member John Cook. So what's the big deal? Well, for those who pay attention to Texas Republican Party politics, it's Very Important to make sure that only "Real Christians" hold the most important posts in the Party. Cook says it's not 'about Jews' because he counts two Jews among his closest friends...but Jews just can't do the jobs as well as "Real Christians" can.