Obama Sticks Gun in Democrats’ Back, Tells Them to Jump off Cliff or He’ll Shoot
January 10, 2016
I’ve been pleased that the Democrats’ president and presidential candidates keep making an election-year issue of gun control (see discussions from June and July of last year), but it just keeps getting better!
The latest, as noted by Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, is that President Obama has just published an opinion piece in the New York Times (“Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility”) containing this threat:
I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform.
Oh ho, is that so! (I sure hope so!) Morrissey explains why this is unlikely to go well politically for the president’s party.
The disconnect between Obama’s “90%” rhetoric and reality can be seen in the makeup of Congress. Obama started pushing hard on gun control in 2013, at the start of his second term. If “90% of Americans” wanted gun control expanded, why did Democrats suffer such a sharp loss in the next midterm election?
That’s why this threat to Democrats on gun control is silly, and evidence of a lack of contact with reality. Democrats in safe seats can afford to talk about gun control and don’t really need Obama to campaign for them, although they wouldn’t mind his fundraising and organization. Democrats in swing states and districts won’t want to remind voters that their party has decided again to go all in on gun control, and won’t want Obama within 50 miles of their campaign anyway. In fact, his efforts make using Obama’s personal qualities even more risky on the campaign trail for these Democrats in purple areas, and that includes the next Democratic nominee.
We’re not the country we were a decade ago, or two or three: We have a much more solid consensus in favor of the right to keep and bear arms. To get some idea of the trend over time, just look at Wikipedia’s animated GIF about state laws concerning concealed carry, 1986 to present, above.
Of course Obama also gets the facts wrong. He leads off his opinion piece with this thoughtful insight:
THE epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis.