Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey enacted her very own scary gun crackdown in late July, using nothing more than her pen and her phone (where have we heard that before?). The ban angered Bay State gun owners — and even some everyday folks — who recognized the “clarification” as a government gun grab aimed at law abiding and potential gun owners.
Privately, Healey’s “assault weapon ban” reclassification hasn’t been welcomed by many of her fellow Democrats. They’re worried that her grandstanding will harm her fellow Dems during an election year, potentially crippling their chances to take down Republican Governor Charlie Baker in 2018. The Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot wrote:
In deeply blue Massachusetts, the Democratic Party is turning into its own worst enemy.
…“I absolutely think this is politically motivated,” said [Democrat state Rep. Colleen] Garry. The Massachusetts congressional delegation backed Healey and supporters have pushed a #standwithmaura hashtag on Twitter. “She was looking to make news with the timing of this coming right around the Republican National Convention.”
…Legislators on both sides of the aisle blasted Healey’s move as a confusing overreach meant to pump up Healey’s political profile.
Hoplophobe Healey has surely succeeded in getting her name out there. It’s just that Massachusetts Dems are finding out that when you and your friends step in a steaming pile, it tends to stick to your shoes and follow you around. There’s much doom and gloom among Democrats according to Chabot:
“There is no leadership from our state party. That’s just the truth,” said [Governor’s Councilor Eileen] Duff about the Democrats. “We need to change, we need leadership, we need courage and we need energy. We cannot take for granted that this is a blue state because it’s not.”
The internal backbiting comes as Democrats have also sparred over charter schools and even elections as progressive supporters of failed presidential candidate Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders seek to flex their muscle under the Golden Dome.
That’s too bad. Then again, it’s not uncommon for gun grabbers to exhibit over-reach, and for it to bite them in the rear in subsequent elections. And it looks like they’re slow learners, given how it seems to happen again and again. And again.