The Trace is nothing if not
deceptive perceptive. The anti-gun agit-propagators know that the Democrats’ newfound love for gun control puts their cause in a dicey position. Ms. Clinton’s full-on support for civilian disarmament could well prove that those who don’t learn from political history are condemned to repeat it; the Dems’ presidential nominee could lose key battleground states on that issue alone.
While The Trace’s spin doctors are ever-hopeful that Boss Bloomberg’s plan to gun control gun rights to death, they’re sounding the alarm. They’re posing five key questions surrounding the upcoming election and civilian disarmament.
Help a brother out, won’t you? Give their TTAG-reading writers the benefit of your expertise. Here are The Trace’s “burning” questions (and simmering observations):
1. Can gun reformers match the intensity of their gun-rights counterparts?
“A survey shows overall support for tougher gun laws at the highest it’s been since the Sandy Hook shooting.”
2. Can gun reform rally the Obama coalition?
Political journalists have observed that with Obamacare on the books, Democrats have lacked a cause to energize them, and are in particular need of one that stirs the soul in a way that pocketbook issues do not.
3. How much can the NRA help Trump in key Rust Belt states?
The political geography of the Rust Belt gives Clinton a counterbalance to the strongholds that Trump and the gun group enjoy among white men and rural residents. In Pennsylvania for example, greater Philadelphia and Pittsburgh provide such a disproportionate share of the state’s populations that Democrats can carry the state’s electoral votes by winning the big metro areas and losing everywhere else.
4. What’s the deal with the NRA’s Benghazi obsession?
“In late June, the NRA spent $2 million to launch its first ad oriented toward the 2016 presidential election. Notably, the spot did not mention guns or the Second Amendment. Instead, its focus was Benghazi.”
5. What does Hillary’s pollster know that the rest of us do not?
“Clinton’s willingness to address gun violence as an issue was clear early on in her 2016 campaign. In a September debate, she said she was proud to have the NRA as enemies.”