In the era of Trump, the Democrat Party seems to be leaning even further left. Which is bit like drinking coffee when you can’t sleep. But what if the Dems get their hat handed to them in the mid-terms. Might they then change direction?
When it comes to gun control washingtonexaminer.com has a heads up for the party: it’s a losing issue with a key demographic.
“As the number of women gun-owners rises, so has the number of women conveying doubts over the virtues of gun control,” [33-year-old Penn State graduate and recent newlywed Sarah] Cable said.
The gender gap on guns has been huge in the past. But a Pew survey showed that between 2008 and 2012, the percentage of women supporting gun rights rose by nine points.
“As more and more women are connecting gun ownership and self-defense with empowerment, their views on gun control have shifted,” said Brad Todd, founding partner of OnMessage.
“I think this is an indication of where Democrats have failed to understand the self-defense aspect of the Second Amendment.
The more cynical amongst you might say the Democrat leadership understands the connection well enough. They [rightly] see armed self-defense as the enemy of statism, the party’s preferred form of government.
Is it even remotely possible that the Dems will “recalibrate their gun-control message for future elections, as the relationship between women and guns continues to strengthen”?