Fellow gun owners and activists, First know this...I'm with you on RKBA for sane, red-blooded Americans from the start. I've been on THR for 10 years as an advocate for 2A. I own multiple so-called "assault" weapons, handguns, shotguns, etc... Yeah, this may be daring (and/or asking for trouble), but as a Texas Democrat, I want to make my voice heard on behalf of many other Dems. I state the following hoping to remove a lot of the anti-Liberal non-2A crap I've been seeing over the years...both here on THR and from the NRA, of which I am proudly NOT a member. I know it's an uphill climb, but I won't stop until I've convinced everyone. ***I am not a single-issue voter, although the 2nd Amendment is a major issue for me. ***I voted for President Obama, as did a majority of Americans (thus, he's prez). I would eagerly vote for him again today. ***I voted for President Obama believing that he would not unduly curtail my 2nd Amendment rights. I also voted for him because of other issues I believe in, like Social Security, Foreign Policy (ending our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan), Equal Rights (like gays in the military and equal pay for women), and accountability to the middle class on Wall Street. I, like a MAJORITY of Americans (many Dems and pretty much all Republicans), support the RIGHT to keep and bear arms. While a lot of my Democratic brethren may not be wholly familiar with my battle cry MOLON LABE like you and I are, many (yes, more than 50% of Dems) believe American citizens should be able to own some serious firearms. Yep, I disagree with restricting "assault weapons" which is a wacko Diane Feinstein creation born of ignorance because certain rifles look "scary" (it's just "scary" looking furniture on an "evil" black gun). I also strongly disagree with restricting magazine caps at 10. Bad guys are bad guys...they'll find a way to kill regardless. Like MOST of my Dem brethren, I do not think Diane Feinstein speaks for me with every breath she takes!!! (Does your GOP Rep/Senator speak for you on EVERY issue???). What I DON'T disagree with is the alleged "Weak Liberal" sentiment of reducing gun crimes through reducing access of firearms to the mentally deranged. Background checks to see if you've been treated for significant mental disturbance, or have been involved in criminal violence, is not just ok, it's absolutely the right thing to do. Even at gun shows or between private citizens. My view (and I'm absolutely right about this) is that being pro-2A has become synonymous with being a Conservative Republican in ALL regards for ALL issues. Well, I've got news for you. If you're pro-2A and you and I disagree about the need for government-provided safety nets like Medicaid and Social Security, then you and I have differences of opinion on completely different issues. You and I believe in 2A, but we disagree on Welfare. That's fine, but leave your wholesale Liberal-bashing on another forum dedicated to Welfare reform. I'm sick and *censored* tired of the *censored* damned Liberal bashing based on a single issue when you really have a problem with ALL Liberal issues. Leave that crap elsewhere, I urge you. While we're here on this forum, let's talk about how to convince ALL our politicians, Left and Right, how to keep their hands off the guns of us law-abiding red-blooded Americans. If you have a problem with my pro-welfare stance, meet me on another website about THAT issue.