Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gore, Tennessee, and Gun Control

In remarks about the Aurora shooting, President Obama said, "I think a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals." The White House spent today trying to walk back that statement, insisting that the President was not going to introduce new gun control legislation.

In general it is conceded that gun control is off the table as an issue for the Democrats. Wonder why? It's because Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee in 2000. He didn't lose it by a large margin and polls indicated that there were enough single-issue, pro-gun voters to have made up the difference. Had Gore won Tennessee he would have won the presidency. Accordingly, starting in 2004, the Democrats decided that this was an expendable issue for them.

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