Democrat House Divided on Gun Control
Kevin Felts 02.27.17
There is an old saying “A house divided can not stand.” With that in mind, there is a growing division in the Democrat party over gun control.
In the recent years there have been a series of events that have prompted people who were not normally gun owners to buy a firearm. A large number of those people have received training, joined gun clubs, and obtained their concealed carry permit.
As more Democrat women, gays, and lesbians buy firearms, how is the historically anti-gun Democrat party going to adapt?
The Washington Examiner ran an excellent article on how the Democrat party is ignoring gun owners – Women with guns: The next threat to the Democratic Party.
A lady who was interviewed for the article explains why she voted for Donald Trump:
public opinion pollsters in the last election “deeply missed suburban women like me, who they thought would vote for Hillary Clinton. They, along with Clinton, ignored us and what was important to our values, which is the ability to protect our home and our children.”
People such as the woman in the above article are an excellent example of the demographics of the Democrat party are changing. Change that is being ignored by party leadership.
Gays and Lesbians
Then there is the gay and lesbian population that are buying guns. Gun sales among the gay and lesbian population surged after the Orlando night club shooting.
The Pink Pistols is a national gun club for gays and lesbians. It saw its membership soar from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday.
Will those voting blocks be alienated with continued anti-gun rhetoric?
Assault Rifle Ban Change of Heart
One of the main selling points of the Democrat anti-gun stance is getting so called “Assault Rifles” off the streets. President Obama once said “Weapons of war have no place on our streets.”
During the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton called for a new ban on assault weapons.
However, a recent Gallup poll says that support for an assault weapon ban is at an all time low.
1996: 57% of the population supported an assault weapon ban.
2016: 36% of the population supported an assault weapon ban.
Even with a 21% drop in support for banning so called “assault weapons,” the Democrat party is still doing its same old song and dance routine. The party continues to beat the drums of war for a campaign the public does not support.
The Democrat party is digging itself into a hole with new gun owners. The groups that were once pandered to are slowly being isolated.