The President says he is not going to support any Democrat who does not support gun control legislation. It is worth noting that Barack Obama and the Democrats could have renewed the assault weapons ban in 2009 when they controlled Congress. They could have curtailed gun rights. But they refused.
Like with immigration, Barack Obama is just using the deaths of all those people in all those American cities and towns as political props to energize his base. He knows and the Democrats know that gun control will not happen. But Barack Obama is trying to shift the Democratic Party to the left on the issue.
What his stunt is, is an acknowledgement that opposition to gun control measures on Capitol Hill is bipartisan. Now, the man who has overseen a political bloodbath for the Democrats from the local level to the national level, is happy to see more Democrats defeated if he can eradicate bipartisan opposition to gun control and make it just another partisan issue.
The problem for the Democrats on this, which they refuse to see because they are convinced they have a permanent majority, is that despite polling that suggests Americans agree with him, they really do not. Probe below the surface on the implications of the President’s agenda and you will find that the majority of American gun owners do not actually agree and because so many Americans own guns, most already know his plans are either ineffective or already in place.
On top of that, all it takes is an ad campaign of a battered wife, accused of mental problems by her husband, who looks into the camera and tells America that only her gun kept her safe. At that point it is game over for the agenda.
But Republicans should rejoice. The reason Democrats never pursued gun control when they controlled everything was because they knew it was a bigger political millstone for them than Obamacare.
Of course now the President Obama does not have to stand for re-election while the Democrats in Congress do.