In an extreme showing of unfounded “glass half full” optimism, Head Demanding Mom Shannon Watts proclaimed at huffingtonpost.com that a recent election loss means her side is winning the gun debate.
In her op-ed, Watts took issue with Joe Scarborough claiming that Democrats are losing elections because they aren’t pro-gun enough. In truth, that was exactly the case in last year’s presidential election and several special congressional elections held since then. But Watts won’t have any of it.
“Look at Jason Kander in Missouri; he took the gun lobby head on by supporting background checks on all gun sales and showing strong support for the Second Amendment in the Senate race,” Watts wrote. In fact, Kander lost that election, which Watts mentions, but credits to factors other than his support for more restrictive gun laws.
One thing we can agree with Watts on. In the same piece, she stated: “Voters support gun safety.” That’s true, and the NRA has always been the largest teacher of gun safety in the world. What voters don’t support is more restrictions on law-abiding gun owners—which Watts calls “gun safety” just to confuse the issue.