If there was one reason that Democrats have danced around gun control – calling it “gun safety” and constantly reassuring Americans “no one’s coming for you guns” – it was this: gun control is a vote loser. In other words, most Americans don’t support gun control, and punish polls at the polls who do. That calculus no longer applies. At least according to Dems quoted in the lattimes.com article Democrats campaigning aggressively on gun control, dropping longtime reticence . . .
What has changed are the demographics of presidential politics and the nation’s electoral map. Democrats no longer rely on states like Tennessee or West Virginia to win the White House. The strategy that emerged under President Obama depends, instead, on a coalition of minority voters, urban dwellers and single women — groups that look far more favorably on restricting firearms.
“The way to win as a Democrat is to energize that ‘rising America’ electorate, and being aggressive in terms of gun policy and gun safety law is a great issue to mobilize these voters,” said Tad Devine, who advises Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, once an opponent of stricter gun controls but now taking a much tougher stance.
“Rising America” voters. Heh. The article cites the election of a pro-gun control candidate in Virginia’s second district State Senate race, “a rapidly growing region an hour outside of Washington, which [gun control advocates] say more nearly reflects the booming bedroom communities that will probably decide the 2016 presidential race in swing states like Nevada, Colorado and Virginia.”
Seriously? Do all these calls for gun control – make that gun confiscation – by Dems and their assault media enablers reflect a new reality for politicians and, thus, gun owners?