Many Democrats Abandoning Gun Control


Last week, 27 Senate Democrats joined Republicans to pass an amendment that allows concealed weapons in national parks, says This week, the Senate could take the first step toward overturning a gun control bill passed by their own Democratic brethren more than a decade ago. Gun control was promoted by Democrats in 1992 to attract suburban voters and abandoned by Democrats in 2008 to gain support among rural voters.

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is expected on Thursday to advance the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.). The bill would overturn a law that prohibits veterans who are unable to manage their finances from obtaining a firearm. “The NRA and its allies have succeeded in making the slippery slope argument stick,” said Al Cross the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. “Any form of gun control is a step in the direction of outlawing guns. People have heard that for so many years, it's become a very hard thing for Democrats to go against.”

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