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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Are Democrats Betting It All On Gun Control In 2016?

Apparently adopting the strategy of Democratic presidential contenders from Hillary Clinton to Martin O’Malley, many Democratic candidates are going all-in for gun control this year, attacking each other in primary races for not voting often enough or harshly enough against the right to keep and bear arms, and exposing divisions within the party on the issue, Politico reports

“It’s now a wedge issue, not just between Democrats and Republicans, but between Democrats, over who can be the strongest” anti-gun candidate, said Shannon Watts, who leads Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action gun-ban lobbying group.

As Democrats purge their ranks of those who defy this new anti-gun orthodoxy, the question that remaining pro-gun Democrats must face is this: Do they abandon their party? Or do they abandon their oath to defend the Constitution, including the Second Amendment, just so they can go down with the ship? These decisions will ennoble—or scuttle—careers.