Attendees at the Myrtle Beach Gun Show this past weekend may have seen a sad sight as they walked inside the South Carolina city’s convention center—members of a major political party protesting the exercise of a constitutional right. A few members of the Horry County Democrat Party’s “Gun Sense Committee,” numbering less than a dozen (including some kids the protestors dragged along) held signs calling for more gun control laws in South Carolina and used a compliant local media to attack gun shows and those who attend them.Rather than going over and having a conversation with gun owners, these party activists were more interested in condemning them instead.
According to WBTW-TV in Myrtle Beach, Rosemary Wolfe, with the Democrat Party’s “Gunsense Committee,” believes that gun shows are an example of how “accessible” firearms are, telling the station that while she and fellow activists were stumping for more gun laws, inside the show, “You can get a discount on assault rifles.” Based on the paltry number of protestors, it looks like there are many more South Carolinians interested in a good deal on a gun than there are interested in trying to shame people for exercising their constitutional rights. Many Democrats, though, just don’t seem to care about that. Rather than going over and having a conversation with gun owners, these party activists were more interested in condemning them instead.
So, where has this gotten Democrats in South Carolina? In the 2016 elections, Donald Trump won almost 55 percent of the presidential vote to Hillary Clinton’s 41 percent, improving on Mitt Romney’s 11-point election victory in the state in 2012. Republican Sen. Tim Scott won a full term in the U.S. Senate by running up more than 60 percent of the statewide vote. The Democrat candidate, Thomas Dixon, could only get the support of 37 percent of the state’s voters. Six Republican candidates won election or re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, while only one Democrat, James Clyburn (in office since 1993) won a House race. In the state legislature, Democrats hold just 18 of the 46 seats in the state Senate, and only 44 seats in the state House, compared to 80 for Republicans.
Not only is gun control not the way to reduce violent crime, it’s not going to win you many elections throughout the country. Sure, there will always be places where voters don’t see why anybody “needs” a gun, and will vote for the anti-gun candidate in every election. But there are many more legislative districts at both the state and federal level where the majority of voters actually do care about protecting and exercising their Second Amendment rights. The party that demands its candidates follow the lead of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer isn’t going to play well with the men and women who live—and vote—in these districts.
This is one reason why Michael Bloomberg can outspend gun owners in Maine by a more than 6-to-1 margin and still get defeated in his push for a “universal background check” referendum. It’s one of the reasons why so many counties that voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 went for Donald Trump this year. It’s one of the reasons why Republicans control 68 percent of state legislative chambers around the country, and one of the reasons why Democrats have lost more than 1,000 state legislative seats across the United States since 2008. There are tens of millions of American gun owners, and millions of us vote freedom first each and every election. Democrat leaders in D.C. still think they can turn millions of Bloomberg bucks into reliable anti-gun voters, but their efforts actually have cost them seats and made their party brand toxic among many gun-owning voters.It would be nice if both major political parties in the United States supported all our constitutional rights.
Our rights exist for all of us, regardless of political party or ideology. It’s not just the right of the political right to keep and bear arms, it’s the right of the people. It would be nice if both major political parties in the United States supported all of our constitutional rights. Hopefully we’ll get to that point one day. But with members of the Democrat Party’s “Gun Sense Committee” protesting gun shows, we’re certainly not there yet.