“For Democrats to keep their red-state senators — and reclaim purple-state governorships — in 2018, they would need to over-perform in rural America, where NRA members disproportionately live,” Eric Levitz writes at nymag.com under the banner Why the GOP Might Finally Pay a Price for Its Pro-NRA Extremism. “So why start a losing fight on guns, the logic goes, when you could keep the focus on health care and Donald Trump’s myriad affronts to common decency? Why indeed . . .
Yada yada yada forget rural voters. It’s suburban women voters who’ll rule the day. Moms who demand [gun control related] action and all that.
Democrats still face some risks in elevating the salience of gun policy, especially in a few of the Senate’s key battlegrounds. But all things considered, Team Blue has rarely had more to gain — and less to lose — by bringing progressive values to a gun fight.
True story? Or is the left’s lashing out at “assault rifles” and companies daring to do business with the NRA motivating the pro-gun rights base?
Who’s winning this latest battle in the war to defend and extend Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms?