Hawkins: If Gun Control Is So Popular, Why Are Democrats Avoiding It?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 29: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi leads a press conference at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center calling on Congress to hold a vote on new gun control measures on June 29, 2016 in San Francisco, California. There have been renewed calls from Democratic …

Democrats have spent years telling us Americans want more gun control yet now, four days before midterm elections, there are no candidates for federal office making gun control the central plank of their campaign.

In fact, Senate candidates like Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and incumbents like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), are fighting to hide their gun control support from constituents.

On October 29, 2018, Breitbart News reported undercover Project Veritas videos in which Sinema’s admitted the numerous gun controls supported by the candidate but also made clear that Sinema could not discuss those controls until the election was over. We saw the same thing with McCaskill, whose staff praised her ability to hide her gun control support until after Missourians have all cast their votes.

Once the election is over everything changes, and a McCaskill field organizer described the Senator’s openness to a “semiautomatic rifle ban.”

Again, if gun control is popular, why not run on a platform of banning semiautomatic rifles?

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J.J. Miller, 17,  blows bubbles as crowds arrive for the “March for Our Lives” rally in support of gun control, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Washington. (AP/Alex Brandon)

On July 11, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb (D-NY-21) admitted to supporting a ban on “assault rifles” but said she could not say so publicly because it would cost her the election.

A cell phone video of Cobb speaking to a group of teens captured her making clear that Moms Demand Action had advised her not to admit her support of an “assault weapons” ban until after the election.

How can this be? After all, the mantra of Democrats and their surrogates in gun control groups and the establishment media has consistently been Americans want more gun control but Congress is standing in the way. If this true, why is Cobb hesitant to admit she wants to ban commonly owned semiautomatic firearms?

Hillary Clinton ran against gun rights in 2016 and lost to Donald Trump, who made defense of the Second Amendment a centerpiece in his campaign. If gun control is so popular, why did Clinton lose and and Trump win?

One last question–Why do the few candidates who are pushing gun control go out their way to voice support for the Second Amendment?

For example, on June 18, 2018, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) admitted gun control would not stop school shootings yet he went on to push more gun control anyway. Tester prefaced his gun control push by saying, “The Second Amendment is very important to me.”

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Thousands of local students protest as they rally during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in front the White House in Washington, DC, March 14, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

In summary, the Democrat machine, with all its surrogates, emerged from the December 14, 2012, attack on Sandy Hook Elementary assuring the nation Americans overwhelmingly supported more gun control. And not just control in general, but bans on whole categories of firearms, expansion of background checks, and new regulations on gun shows. Yet now, days before the American people decide who will control Congress for the next two years, Democrats have grown eerily silent on their plans to restrict the Second Amendment.

Just consider Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a gun control supporter who aligned himself with Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg post-Sandy Hook. He pushed an expansion of gun control in the immediate aftermath the Sandy Hook attack, then spent the next four years trying to revive that push at every opportunity. But he is up for re-election now so he is running as pro-gun.

Why do Democrats hide or seek to minimize their gun control support when elections draw near?

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.



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