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Know The Republican Platform

Know The Republican Platform Since its
inception, the Republican party has prided itself on maintaining the individual
freedoms of the American citizen. Arguably it’s most fundamental principle,
Republicans believe that a smaller government with less regulation is the most
efficient means to run a country. This political stance does not waver in
regards to gun rights.

Generally speaking Republicans believe that every
American has the right to own, carry, and use a firearm.  Their firm
beliefs on gun control can be attributed to three chief ideologies, which
revolve around interpretation of the constitution, culture, and philosophy of
the party.  

Republicans have interpreted the first 10 amendments as the undeniable rights
for the individual American. Like the other nine amendments, “the right to
bear arms” is included in this interpretation of individual rights.
Conservatives pride themselves on their patriotism and upholding the freedoms
that act as America’s foundation. Changes in sociological behavior have no
bearing on the freedoms outlined by the bill of rights.

Republicans feel that
Government regulation over firearms is unconstitutional and an infringement on
an individual’s basic rights. The chief point made by Republicans in congruence
with the second amendment-one should always be given the right to protect
himself, his family, or his property. This is not to say that Republicans feel
as though every citizen in America should own a gun, but instead, a belief that
the right should not be altered through government intervention. 
The conservative stance on gun control can best be explained through cultural
upbringing.  Most “red” states are located in the Midwest, bible
belt, or deep south of our country.  These regions unlike the Northeast,
or west coast have fertile grounds for hunting and recreational shooting.
Conservatives have long honored the American tradition of hunting and other
shooting sports.

The Republican party under George W. Bush consistently fought
for the creation of more hunting grounds, and widening access for shooting
clinics. The first settlers in America used hunting as a means for survival-without
guns people would have starved to death.  Destroying this rich tradition
of America through government regulation and red tape is un-American.  
If the previous two reasons for loose gun control were combined into one
broader justification, the Republican ideology would come into form.
Conservative philosophy revolves around individual and historical basis points.
For many Republicans government policy can become invasive, if it interferes
with-a religious occurrence, historical event, our constitutional rights, or a
resource that was used to build our foundation.

The restrictions or red tape
placed on various sectors of the gun market is a direct violation of two of
these three variables. The Republican position on gun control doesn’t simply
revolve around a fondness for firearms, but instead a fundamental principle to
uphold the rights that our nation was built on.