After an emotional press conference in which President Obama laid out his plan to help limit the number of guns being sold to people who shouldn’t have them, politicians are taking their sides and their sides aren’t all partisan.
Democrats are only slightly less afraid of the big bad NRA than are Republicans, which is why gun legislation is even more difficult to get through Congress than healthcare. The President wants to do something about that. He’s threatening to withdraw all his support from Democrats who won’t support moderate gun control. He wrote in an op-ed column in the New York Times:
I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform.
“All of us need to demand leaders brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby’s lies. All of us need to demand that governors, mayors and our representatives in Congress do their part.
The Hill calls the threat “hollow,” noting that there aren’t enough pro-gun Democrats who are up for reelection to make a difference.
Of course, we shouldn’t forget that during the last two elections, Democrats, especially those in the South, couldn’t run away from the President fast enough. Sure, many of those people lost, probably because they ran on some sort of platform that can only be called limbo, because it was neither conservative enough to be Republican nor was it Democratic. Still, there’s little evidence that the DNC or down ticket candidates have learned their lesson, especially since the President’s approval rating is below 50 percent. In other words, you could easily see many Democrats ratcheting up their pro-gun stance just to separate themselves from Obama.
The Hill also notes that perhaps the threat was aimed at Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Both candidates have negative records with the National Rifle Association, but Sanders has voted against some key gun control legislation and Clinton made a pro-gun swing during the 2008 election, although she’s been steadily pro-gun control during most of her career.
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