Democrats Get On Side Of Gun Control
I have long argued that when it comes to gun control the main thing that needs to be done is find politicians with spine and the will power to fight the gun lobby. Too many politicians have been timid.
Bit consider the timidity of elected officials on both sides of the political divide when it came to the right of marriage for gay people. The public surge of a demand for equal rights forced politicians to get on the correct side of the issue, and of history. Might there be the same type of undercurrent taking place when it comes to gun control?
In an effort to expand background checks for buyers, the White House introduced a new requirement for individuals “in the business of selling firearms” to register as licensed gun dealers, effectively narrowing the so-called “gun show loophole,” which exempts most small sellers from keeping formal sales records.
The correct executive actions of President Obama today will open a loud debate on measures to curb gun violence. That is to be expected and the NRA will make lots of money playing to the three-thumb crowd. We have all seen this cheap theatre before.
But it appears that Democrats are going to show some spine–and I could be proven wrong on this as the campaign marches forward–but it looks as if they are going to push for the middle ground of common sense about gun control. That is wise as they have reason to know it is a solid place to reside.
Carl Bialik in FiveThirtyEight: “In dozens of polls over the past two decades, Americans have been asked if they support expanding background checks for the purchase of firearms … Consistently, at least 70 percent of Americans said they favor background checks. Often, far more do. In October, a CBS News/New York Times poll found that 92 percent of Americans — including 87 percent of Republicans — favor background checks for all gun buyers.”
“The popularity of background checks transcends age, political party, gender, education and even gun ownership. Last month, Quinnipiac University asked Americans whether they support a law requiring background checks for sales at gun shows or online. At least 84 percent of every one of 15 subgroups — including Republicans, men, gun owners and people living in rural areas — said ‘yes.’”