It appears that Democrats have adopted the Behar approach to electoral success.
“Even in a Democratic presidential primary, every candidate who campaigned primarily on extreme gun ban platforms has been rejected,” Catherine Mortensen, an NRA spokesperson, told the Free Beacon. “While the remaining candidates and their media allies may try and sweep this issue under the rug, rest assured the NRA knows that they share those same out-of-the-mainstream views and we will appropriately inform all voters.”
A Free Beacon review of cable news interviews confirmed that mentions of gun control have declined. In the time between former candidate Beto O’Rourke’s pivot to gun confiscation and the end of his campaign, the terms “gun control” and “gun safety” were mentioned an average of 19 times per day. In the time between the end of O’Rourke’s campaign and the November Democratic debate, they were only mentioned seven times per day on average.
The nearly three-fold drop in discussion of the gun issue on cable news coincides with a drop in candidates mentioning it during interviews. Candidates were four times more likely to mention guns during cable news interviews between the mass shooting in El Paso on August 3 and the last day of O’Rourke’s campaign on October 31. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), billionaire Tom Steyer, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) were the only candidates who mentioned guns in cable news interviews after O’Rourke dropped out.
– Stephen Gutowski in Gun-Rights Groups Celebrate as Gun Control Recedes From 2020 Debate