Once again Democrats have been painted into the corner of being the “party of gun control,” thanks to a story in RealClearPolitics.com that asks a simple, but provocative headline: “Can Democrats ever win the gun debate?”
The question paints Democrats into a corner they may not wish to be, but their own politics of civil disarmament seem to be pushing them there. Writer Bill Scher answers his own question, and it’s not going to make gun owners happy at all.
“Yes,” he says, “it’s possible. But it would require a Hillary Clinton-led Democratic wave that carries with it the House and Senate. Even then, pockets of resistance from within the Democratic Party would remain. To guarantee triumph, Democrats need to not just win an election; they need to out-organize the National Rifle Association in the states and districts that count.”
According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, fully half of the nation’s voters say that they are concerned that the government will go too far in restricting the rights of citizens to own guns.
The poll also revealed that the National Rifle Association gets high marks among 67 percent of Republicans, 50 percent of men and 63 percent of rural voters. Among Democrats, the NRA approval rating drops to 20 percent, while 32 percent of urban voters have a positive opinion of the organization and 34 percent of women agree.