With all of the Democratic presidential candidates and President Obama actively pushing gun control, it appears Democrats believe this is once again a golden issue for them. But the Miami Herald has this article today that, after detailing what caused this change, asks is it really a safe issue?
“I think the Republicans will try to use the president’s executive actions to motivate part of their base,” said Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter.
That prospect still may make some Democrats tread cautiously.
Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., who chairs a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee program for vulnerable incumbent Democrats, said the party isn’t requiring its candidates to press the gun control issue in their campaigns.
That in itself is interesting since the President said last night at his so-called “townhall” that he would not campaign or vote for any Democratic candidate who does not support his gun policies.
Only one Democrat has broken ranks with Obama on the issue, Heidi HeitKamp. Considering she represents a pro-rights state, she is probably glad she does not have to worry about Obama making a trip to North Dakota.
Hat tip to Cam Edwards.