In Switch, Democrats Embrace Gun-Owner Rights, Seek NRA Nod


Democratic candidates in key states are embracing gun owners' rights, winning favor from the National Rifle Association, a lobby that has long been the target of disdain from the party faithful, the Boston Globe reports. Senate majority leader Harry Reid, in a bruising campaign for reelection in Nevada, has conservative activists buzzing because the NRA is considering endorsing his reelection. Indiana's Democratic Senate candidate Brad Ellsworth, who has an “A'' rating from the NRA, may get the group's endorsement this fall over GOP candidate Dan Coats, whom the NRA criticized in mailings to Hoosiers as being weak on gun rights.

“I think there's been a change in the country as a whole,'' said Jon Delano, an independent political analyst associated with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. “Unless you're from an urban area, where gun violence is so intense that there's a feeling you need to control these weapons, the vast majority across the country do not support gun control.'' The Obama administration, much to the disappointment of gun control advocates, has made no moves toward proposing restrictions on firearms.

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