Joe Johns | BIO
Today the Democrats, who used to be tattooed as the party of gun control, started making it look like they're not so willing to wear that tattoo anymore.
So when Senator Tom Coburn attached a provision to allow guns in national parks, a bunch of Democrats went along with it. Ok, some were holding their noses.
But the truth is some Democrats have finally decided that politically at least there is a real risk when you dismiss the concerns of guys in parts of the country like West Virginia and Oklahoma. In those states, people go to gun shows for recreation. It's part of the culture.
So ok, it might sound strange to people living in big cities worried about criminals with guns when they hear about this thing.
After all, national parks are places where you take your kids. But they are also places where you go camping and if a bear or wolf or coyote comes calling, you are gonna wish you had a gun around. That's part of the logic.
Plus there is the idea that depending on what state you are in it could be perfectly legal to carry a weapon. But when you go into the park and you still have your gun and you can be arrested.
Gun rights supporters have been trying to change this for years.
On the other hand, gun control folks - who are the Democrats' more traditional constituency - have been going bonkers over this provision.
So today's vote is quite a turnabout. Go figure.
The twist is that Democrats were pretty much forced into this because the gun provision was attached to the big credit card reform bill that the President wanted by Memorial Day. And - surprise! - the Democrats went along with it.
This is a very different Congress from the group that the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton, faced when he was elected.
Not saying that's good or bad. Just different.
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