Have Democrats Decided That Running On Gun Control is a Bad Electoral Strategy?

Joy Behar

Courtesy The View

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.”

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


  1. avatar PATRON49IFT says:

    Must you put a photo of that hideous wench on your page? It’s still breakfast time for some.

    1. avatar Ralph Humphrey says:

      I’m glad I didn’t have a fork or some other sharp object in my hand when I opened this page up!! I may have uncontrollably commenced to stabbing my eyes out!

    2. avatar Nam62 says:

      The name of the show should “Zombie Jamboree”

      They are all Zombie’s from the DNC!!

    3. avatar Nam62 says:

      The name of the show should be”The Zombie Jamboree”

      They are all Zombie’s from the DNC!!

    4. avatar DJ says:

      I threw up.

      1. avatar JR Pollock says:

        OMG! Jacinda Ardern and Maude Behar both visible on the same page! This is how nightmares are created.

        1. avatar Southern Cross says:

          And Jacinda Arden looks like Momo.

      2. avatar Jbw says:

        Every time the picture of that hag is shown I have to restart all the clocks in the house

    5. avatar Winterborne says:

      Aaaaand . . . There goes lunch.

    6. avatar dave anedrson says:

      quit giving that Hag compliments

  2. avatar RGP says:

    They’re probably at the cemetery registering voters. It’s about to be an election year.

    1. avatar Victoria Illinois says:

      I was surprised to see them doing just that, (Chicago cemetery), in the movie “Irishman”. After denying for years, it’s now a no-big-deal-everyone-knew thing.

      1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

        It often goes that way. Today’s “tin foil conspiracy” will be tomorrow’s “everybody knows that”.

        Just look at how everyone scoffed when we said Big Tech is spying on us through our phones, or how nobody’s coming to get your guns…

        1. avatar Prndll says:

          And yet, smart phone sales aren’t exactly falling at any appreciable level.

      2. avatar Porridgeweasel says:

        I’m trying to get through that movie right now in fact. Ugh. For me it’s the same three guys doing the same thing they always do just slower.

        The corruption of those days seems almost simplistic compared to the things that go on today with all the technology available.

  3. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Who wants purposely to vote for the party of slavery racism anti Constitution anti Freedom and Liberty,I think Not, Ever.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      I think my State of California welcomes your challenge. We have a plethora of FSA Lefties here that make the lives of conservatives an uphill battle.

    2. avatar Rincoln says:

      There are a lot of people who either can’t see or won’t see it. Willfull ignorance is the norm.

      1. avatar Shire-man says:

        That and:
        “This won’t apply to me, I’m special”
        “That couldn’t happen here, we’re special.”
        “This time it’ll work because we’re smarter.”

        Lots of good excuses to shred liberty, destroy a nation and enslave a people. All self-centered and mired in fantasy but we’re so far removed from reality now what with calls for self-segregation, book-burning in the name of tolerance, claims of 75 genders, and marrying anime waifu’s I’m not surprised by anything people do anymore or how they rationalize their insanity.

        1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

          Waiting on the lawsuits for our civil service not recognizing people who identify as (insert ridiculous description here). Figure eventually one will be able to pass a test (or bother to show up) and find something to be offended about.

    3. avatar Prndll says:

      “Who wants purposely to vote for the party of slavery racism anti Constitution anti Freedom and Liberty,I think Not, Ever.”

      Many on the right don’t seem to understand that this is exactly how the majority of rank-and-file leftist voters see them. Each side sees evil on the other.

      This is a result of media propaganda and leftist lies, but it is there.

  4. avatar FedUp says:

    Never go Full Commie, at least not until you actually take office.

  5. avatar I Haz A Question says:

    It’s too early to answer this question. Let’s first see how SCOTUS rules on NYSRP v. NY next June. Then we’ll know just how the Dems will drive the crazy bus in the months running up to Nov 2020.

    1. avatar Porridgeweasel says:

      Your point is well taken but I hadn’t been given any reason to believe they had gotten off that bus at any point in the last 2 years.

      1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

        LOL, I didn’t say they were ever off that bus. I simply said we’ll know how (which direction? how fast toward the cliff? how many hands trying to take the wheel?) they’ll be driving it.

  6. avatar Joe says:

    Well let’s hope that they didn’t figure it out. We got an election to win.

  7. avatar Scratch a liberal, find a klansman says:

    Back to closet.

  8. avatar Pete says:

    Because they have learned, wait until AFTER the election.

  9. avatar Trump was not duley elected says:

    How many of those polls have been doctored by Russian intelligence services?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      The dnc failed even with the Russians backing them. So now they lie and claim it was the gop getting russian aid. And the beat goes on.

    2. avatar Void says:

      Cool story bro

  10. avatar Dennis says:

    They haven’t figured out that running on “orange man bad”! platform is a loser, so the answer would be no! Stupid is as stupid does.🤪

  11. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    Somehow one has to figure out what sick frame of mind makes up todays Libitard Dimwit. How can any if they are even partially sane vote for a party that doesnt give a crap about people at all. All they care about is personal power and telling you how to live.
    Blumberger is a perfect example.
    The more they mention gun control. The deeper the hole they dig for themselves. Just ask Al Gore. If you can find the loser of human being???

    1. Blumberger is a perfect example.

      He only apologized for stop=-and-frisk due to criticism for the NAACP; it certainly was not for some newfound appreciation for civil rights.

  12. avatar million says:

    as a resident of Virginia, i’m going with no. however the swing state voters of FL, WI, MI, PA, OH will probably say yes. it boils down to motivating your base in those states. period.

  13. avatar JIM ABRAHAM says:

    Too late. The Dems have all shown their true colors and the voters are not going to forget.

  14. avatar Draven says:

    Uhh, most of the shiny new Dem reps in VA campaigned on gun control, or had it as a plank in their stated and visible platform. Too bad the NRA couldn’t spend some money here in VA to counter the $2.6 million that Bloomberg spent to buy himself an anti-gun state assembly.

    (also, I’d like to see discussed here on TTAG about the bill that was introduced in VA that will make most self defense classes illegal)

    1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

      “(also, I’d like to see discussed here on TTAG about the bill that was introduced in VA that will make most self defense classes illegal)”

      Is hiding in that ‘bill’ making self-defense *itself* illegal?

    2. avatar UpInArms says:

      Not really sure about that “buying an anti-gun” slate. True, Bloomer pumped a lot of money in. But environmental groups pumped in more money than the anti- and pro-gunners combined. Just sayin’— it’s worth looking in to. Seems there was a lot more in play than just guns in VA.

  15. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    The question now is with Michael Bloomberg who’s going to swing farther on it than him? Why even bring it up unless you are him? I mean, he’s the godfather of gun control in this country currently and you’re not going to beat him in virtue signalling.

  16. avatar Jerry sweet says:

    Bloomberg is the prime example of what’s wrong with America maga 2020

  17. avatar MADDMAXX says:

    Behar? Really? I nearly had a heart attack when that bitches picture popped up…. I just found something to add to my Thanksgiving list… NOT having to wake up to that horror show every morning…

  18. avatar Sam I Am says:

    Operation Chaos….

    Everybody join an anti-gun website, and sound like one of the faithful, encouraging candidates to talk more about gun control, or risk losing votes of the people depending on gun control to be widespread if anti-gun politicians win.

    Create bots that make agitators seem like thousands of separate commenters.

  19. avatar bryan1980 says:

    You could almost hear the collective forehead slap from the dem side after Beto’s “Hell yes” speech. And now we have creepy uncle Joe’s rambling speech about his leg hair.

    1. avatar DJ says:

      You left out Bloomberg “We have to tax the POOR” .

      The Billionaire wants to address “income inequality” .

      And he wants our firearms.

      Only on ideology can survive. FREEDOM or Marxism.

      Say when.

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        Bloomberg’s aim was to control the revolution so he won’t be one of the victims.

  20. avatar MADDMAXX says:

    everyone in closed primary states needs to change party affiliation to Dem for the primaries, vote for Biden then switch back for the General.. Biden gets nominated falls on his ass tooo many times during General campaign and it’s over (I am NOT Russian or Ukraine trying to influence the American elections, and NOT a Macedonian “content farmer” either for sure)….

  21. avatar Chris says:

    Check the nearest Whataburger and ask Beto how well that worked out for him.

    1. avatar WI Patriot says:

      Would you like fries with that…???

  22. avatar enuf says:

    Being a fiercely independent voter I have at times registered for a party expressly to vote in a primary for their weakest candidate, or for someone I truly wanted in a particular office. Have done both in Republican and Democrat primaries alike.

    All primary voting should be on open ballots, never on party restricted ballots. If a voter wants to select from a slate of conservative candidates for one office but from a liberal slate for a different office, they should have that right. Political parties have vastly too much power over primary voting opportunities, it corrupts the rights of the people to select the candidates they want.

    The article is a bit self-serving. I am far from convinced that the Democrats have realized their anti-gun stance this Presidential Silly Season is a mistake. Certainly they do to the Beto O’Rourke wack-a-doodle degree, but not in the lesser degrees of other candidates.

    1. avatar Anymouse says:

      Bloomie is spending $37M on Super Tuesday ads. I’m betting gun control will be mention a few times, particularly AWB and UBC.

      1. avatar Lil loquito says:

        His ads are already running in LA county, they been saying something like “rebuild America” and there’s at least a few seconds of the commercial where his AstroTurf MDA/everytown people are on the screen

        1. avatar UpInArms says:

          Has anyone figured out yet what he means by “rebuild America”? Is he planning to give Baltimore a new water system? They really need one.

  23. avatar WI Patriot says:

    It’s a bad strategy altogether, but it’s too late now, the cat(s) is/are already out of the bag…

  24. Doesn’t matter what they do or do not claim, demonRats will always push for more unconstitutional laws. They are the historical party of treason and can never be trusted. Anyone that votes for a democrat is a domestic enemy and should be treated accordingly.

    1. avatar Huntmaster says:

      Nahhhh. Not everybody who votes for a democrat is malicious. Most of the time they are they are just really, really stupid..

      1. Of that there is no doubt whatsoever.

    2. avatar Huntmaster says:

      Nahhhh. Not everybody who votes for a democrat is malicious. Most of the time they are just really, really stupid.

  25. avatar Huntmaster says:

    For leftists of any stripe, Soviet, Green, Bath,Democratic or whatever, it’s always about the party. Lying and deceit is acceptable if it advances the party agenda.

  26. avatar Sam Hill says:

    While you are jumping for joy if you can read the Art of War you will find out. Fight, run, fight, diversion, fight, run, win. It’s all smoke and mirrors with all politicians. Fear not, trust not.

  27. avatar Timothy Toroian says:

    Do they need a demonstration of the utility of the amendment before they realize America does not want radical leftist gun control?

  28. avatar GS650G says:

    People want guns taken from those people, never themselves.
    It’s those dirty people who don’t agree with them who must be conquered.

  29. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Speaking of unwanted Commies,I see where Willie Browns willing willie receptacle just dropped out of the Commiecrat field today,back to the senate to frustrate Freedom with her.

  30. avatar Casey says:

    I’m envisioning the pro-gun (but not necessarily NRA, being that I don’t trust them to tie their own shoes at this point) election advertising. Don’t need to say anything, make any claims that can be challenged, cite any statistics that can be ignored:

    FADE IN on Beto O’Rourke
    BO: “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15!”
    TITLE TEXT: “Paid for by {gun rights org}”

    FADE IN on Kamala Harris:
    KH: “Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress a hundred days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. If they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.”
    TITLE TEXT: “Paid for by {gun rights org}”

    FADE IN on Joe Biden:
    JB: “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.””
    TITLE TEXT: “Paid for by {gun rights org}”

    FADE IN on Mike Bloomberg:
    MB: “Well, if it can fire a lot of bullets very quickly, that’s a good definition… And then you can argue what a lot is, okay, let’s say three. If you haven’t hit the deer with three shots, you’re a pretty lousy shot, that deer deserves to get away.”
    TITLE TEXT: “Paid for by {gun rights org}”

  31. avatar Ralph says:

    Asking Democrats to stop running against guns is like asking them not to breathe. Which, incidentally, is something I support wholeheartedly.

  32. avatar Robert Messmer says:

    Waco,TX – President Clinton was not removed from office for attacking/murdering American citizens on American soil for the crimes of exercising their first and second amendment rights. Janet Reno did not go to prison or even lose her job for allowing it to happen. No one from the FBI or any of the other alphabet agencies went to prison. No Democrat running for any office has ever denounced the military action taken nor have they ever promised not to engage in similar actions. Eric Swalwell, former presidential nomination candidate and now quoted frequently for impeachment, threatened to nuke American citizens who refused to turn over their guns. But Robert O’Rourke saying “hell yes we’re going to take your guns” is supposed to be what woke the public up????

  33. avatar Hannibal says:

    Any celebration over the end of these campaigns is premature. If almost any of the other candidates get in they will try and do the same thing, they just won’t broadcast it first. I think Sanders may be the least likely to push gun control, given his statements and background in Vermont, but I don’t think he has any resolve to back up his Constitutional knowledge (i.e. that he doesn’t think it’s Constitutional to confiscate a.k.a mandatory buyback).

  34. avatar 2A Johnny says:

    AR owning, traditionally voting Democratic who will not vote for any gun grabbing Democrat now or in the future. Long live the Second Amendment.

  35. avatar Geoff says:

    Harris has dropped out the rest will soon, leaving only ???

    1. avatar MADDMAXX says:

      Harris has dropped out the rest will soon, leaving only ???
      Mr. Moneybags and the butler in the pantry with a green banana….

  36. avatar Dan says:

    Except for the occasional moron like Beto O’Rourke and Occasionally-Conscious most Demonrats,
    while not being the sharpest and brightest, are at least cognizant enough of reality to keep their traps
    shut and their plans secret. Doesn’t mean they don’t intend to do EVERYTHING they can to disarm us.
    It just means they won’t talk about it. But NOBODY is allowed to run on the commie demonrat party
    ticket unless they are FULLY ON BOARD with the communist agenda….and one of the MAIN goals
    of their agenda is to DISARM US SO THEY CAN RULE US.

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