Here lies the Democrats’ hope for gun control in 2019. (Bigstock)
Like so many anti-gun legacy media outlets, the Washington Post is coming to the terrible realization that the impeachment push has probably doomed any hope they had for luring Trump into a gun control deal.
A big gun-control law always seemed a long shot, given the GOP’s strong embrace of the NRA and Democrats’ reluctance to settle for modest compromises given the huge public support for several of their proposals.
But some Democrats hold out hope that Trump would view the House’s impeachment proceedings as a chance to show the public that he is concentrated on doing the work of president and not just focused on his own political survival.
“I think the president’s got to make a calculation as to how he’s going to manage through impeachment and other ways — that he can show he’s still relevant,” Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.), one of the lead Democratic negotiators on guns, told reporters in Las Vegas at an event on the two-year anniversary of the nation’s worst mass shooting. “I’ve made this point directly to the president a couple of times.” …
[P]roponents of more gun control might have to go back to the political drawing board and try to keep up the pressure and defeat their opponents at the ballot box next year to truly change the law.
Doing that, in the midst of the constant Trump media storm, will be their greatest political challenge.