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As Midterms Loom, Could the Second Amendment Be a Sleeper Issue for Republicans?

AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

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With the 2022 midterm elections inching closer, Democrats are growing increasingly desperate to find a viable slate of issues that will resonate with American voters. After shuffling throughout the last several months between abortion, gender ideology, January 6, and other divisive topics as their banner campaign themes, the left now appears to be settling on gun control and attacking Second Amendment rights as their issue du jour. But as energized as the progressive base may be, when it comes to gun control, it may not be the political golden goose many Democratic insiders think it is.

In typically cynical fashion, Daniel Wessel, deputy communications director of the Democratic National Committee, accused Republicans recently of “once again choosing the gun lobby over our kids,” going on to say that “this is the contrast we’ll be showing voters every day from now until Election Day.” Robert Reich, a Democratic political commentator and former Clinton administration official, similarly suggested that guns could “awaken a slumbering giant for Democrats,” mobilize voters, and even “propel Democrats to larger majorities this November.”

But in reality, this strategy might have the opposite effect and serve as a rallying cry for Republicans, who are already poised to win back both chambers of Congress this fall.

Just weeks after a series of tragic mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, Democrats have repeatedly revealed that their true intentions are not “common sense reforms,” but rather sweeping restrictions on the right of law-abiding American citizens to purchase and own firearms.

Far from working with Republicans to address serious mental health issues and harden schools, Democrats are shamelessly using these mass shootings to advance their radical anti-gun agenda. President Joe Biden, for instance, claimed that Second Amendment rights are “not absolute.” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) similarly compared support for the Second Amendment to “an idolatry of violence” that “must end.” Cortez continued: “There is no such thing as being ‘pro-life’ while supporting laws that let children be shot in their schools, elders in grocery stores, worshippers in their houses of faith, survivors by abusers, or anyone in a crowded place.” Likewise, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) called for “abolish[ing] the filibuster and pass[ing] gun [control] legislation now,” and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)—rather than expressing sorrow for the victims of the shootings and their families—tweeted that he is “‘tired’ of conservative extremists” who refuse to greenlight Democrats’ gun policies. Most concerningly, a recent CNN op-ed called for a complete repeal of the Second Amendment: “Let’s just get rid of it,” the column stated.

Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats (along with some Republicans) are pushing a set of policies that could infringe on Americans’ Second Amendment rights while doing nothing of major consequence to prevent mass shootings going forward. So-called red flag laws, for instance—one of a handful of the left’s go-to policies on gun control, which would allow authorities to temporarily confiscate guns from individuals perceived as dangerous—could potentially deprive Americans of due process rights. As Amy Swearer of the Heritage Foundation has noted, even through there are, theoretically, “constitutional ways of temporarily restricting gun ownership for individuals who are clearly a danger to themselves or others,” most red flag laws being proposed in Congress and at the state level fail to meet a reasonable standard for due process.

Rather, Swearer continues, “Congress has other options it can pursue to help states deal with violence in schools, such as encouraging best practices on school security and ensuring cooperation between federal, state, and local agencies on behavioral threat assessment and related training. None of these options suffer from the same serious constitutional concerns as a federal red flag law.”

But as the left doubles down on this strategy, it is, in the end, only likely to bolster Election Day turnout among gunowners and conservative voters. As recent history demonstrates, when Democrats overstep in the realm of gun rights, they suffer massively at the ballot box. The infamous federal “assault weapons” ban, for example, signed into law in 1994, helped Republicans win control of the House, Senate, 12 governorships, and majority control in state legislatures. Furthermore, the last time Democrats pushed for stricter gun control in 2013, they lost a whopping nine seats in the Senate in the 2014 midterms.

Even some Democrats are starting to worry about the possibility that their anti-gun legislation could electorally backfire. “It’s a slippery slope that Democrats don’t want to be on the wrong side of, particularly for front-line Democrats,” one Democratic strategist recently told The Hill. “If you are a Democrat in a purple or Republican-leaning area, there is very little political incentive for you to go out on the ledge on guns.”

But for most Democrats, it seems, the message has not yet sunk in. Should the left continue to exploit horrific tragedies to go after the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, history shows that they will pay the price in the voting booth. Just when Democrats can least afford it, another lurch to the left on the Second Amendment may imperil their chances of retaining power even further.


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Richard Minetti
13 days ago

This gun control crap may awaken these stupid Democrats, finally understanding that they wont have self-protection either! No police, no guns!! Wake up dummies!

Bob
16 days ago

The Republicans should collectively “grow a pair” and go on the offensive to protect our second amendment rights as well the other amendments in the Bill of Rights the DNC has targeted.

Karen
17 days ago

C’mon Reps, you can’t forget this one. You have a lot to talk about. 2nd Amendment very important. Keep everything going. Mike Lindell advertises a thousand times a day for his product.
Why don’t you do the same. (Personally, I would like Mike to go away)

Rl
18 days ago

Wake up.Guns don’t kill, people do and they can do it many other ways too and they will unless the REAL problems are addressed

Rl
18 days ago

This is the absolute WORST TIME for our 2nd amendment rights to be infringed upon. We have Jackass Joe and all of his puppeteers opening the border to anyone from nations all over the world, to Soros and his zombies refusing to prosecute criminals or even respond to 911 calls, to allowing looting and rioting in the streets. Violent crimes are at all time high, child trafficking and many other horrible crimes allowed to continue.We are allowing extremely violent video games, books, music and movies to flood society and brainwash our people.Abortion murders HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of innocent lives every year. Criminals and mentally ill people are being deliberately pushed out into society at an alarming rate, Alcohol kills tens of thousands of people each year, and on and on, yet they want to take away guns.Guns don’t kill, people do.If the REAL problems aren’t addressed, people will continue to kill people with or without guns.Our founding fathers recognized our GOD GIVEN right to bear arms for just such a time as this. If we lose our 2nd amendment rights, we lose ALL of our rights after that. Look at all other nations that lost thier rights, it started with taking away gun rights so they couldn’t defend themselves. These nations are warning us not to let it happen here.Stand up and protect our rights.

JJ Johnson-Smith
19 days ago

It is an absolute GUARANTEE that the Second Amendment will be a MAJOR Election Issue. The Constitution does NOT belong to the Democrats to manipulate, it was written for ALL Americans and it is THE LAW of our country. What must be done, is the filing of Criminal Charges against any and ALL Officials who violate the Constitution AS WRITTEN and AS INTENDED. Violation of one’s Oath of Office is a CRIME, and MUST hold SERIOUS consequences, which the Law DOES allow for and clearly state! How about we ENFORCE IT?!

Bill T
19 days ago

If everything this completely corrupt and dangerous administration did already isn’t enough, now there contemplating modifying our constitution and our right to bear arms, this simply would be the final straw. What are these Marxist and treasonous traders thinking right now. I know exactly what it is. And it’s a huge mistake.

Mary
19 days ago

I tired of the lies in Uvalde, Texas is falling on the police who took an hour to enter the school. Why, they were worried about their safety NOT the children or teachers. Also WHO lefted the door open? Why wasn’t it shut and locked? The Republicans are scared to stand up and FIGHT BACK!!

Brian
19 days ago

The American marxists Dems are so out of touch, they have no issue to run on. Americans support the 2nd Amendment, want DAs that will enforce the law, less spending, hate woke ideology, want parents in control of their kids education and value religious freedom.

Rodney Cummings
19 days ago

nra is the sleeping giant

Steven M.
19 days ago

If the nazi demokrauts cheat and get away with it like in 2020 then only thing we will have is the supreme court and that is iffy at best.

Jim D.
19 days ago

Gotta love these fools!
Anyone that doesn’t agree with them is labeled an “EXTREMIST”.
It doesn’t seem to matter that our entire history has been involved in the gun culture one way or another, all without mass shootings and pervasive violence throughout our society.
It’s more like the Democrat policies of being weak on crime, non-adjudication of the mentally ill, wide open borders and the total lack of moral values permeating our culture, all because of them!
All thanks to these sick nut-jobs that call themselves Democrats, leftists & progressives.
I say ban all of them and leave our god given rights alone, we’re not the problem, YOU ARE!!!

Rl
18 days ago
Reply to  Jim D.

Exactly right

Steven Ruzek
19 days ago

A surprising number of guns are owned and purchased in Democrat controlled zip codes. The demoncrat party may be making a major miscalculation.

Jim D.
19 days ago
Reply to  Steven Ruzek

As usual!!!

Ray A
19 days ago
Reply to  Steven Ruzek

Well, let us see how it is going to work out. Trying to take what won’t be taken, easily. Look how different Australia would be if they still had their guns. The lock down would have been different. I know. Been there and worked with their military. Peaceful but a very strong people. So, pass this and we have another shooting, God forbid. What now! Did they solve the issue.

Jim D.
19 days ago

Go right ahead Democrats!!!
Kill the filibuster!
Then get your tiny little rocks off by banning all those SCARY LOOKING guns and effectively destroying the 2nd amendment!
We Republicans will absolutely love controlling all three branches for the foreseeable future!
Maybe then we will be able to get this country back to some sanity!
By all means, go right ahead!
Someone really needs to explain to these buffoons that the bill of rights is actually an enumerated list of inalienable rights, spelling out for GOVERNMENT what’s actually OFF LIMITS to tampering. It is not there to provide us anything! We already have our rights (inalienable), provided by God!!!

Rl
18 days ago
Reply to  Jim D.

Exactly right

Teresa Lowe
19 days ago

I started shooting guns when I wasn’t much taller than my dad’s Winchester .22 I was learning with. We hunted for food, used it for protection and we used them for dad and daughter time. We were taught gun safety and the when, what and where of shooting. The gun was a tool, not a toy and not to be used against another person except in extreme cases of self-defense. When we were in High School it was Normal to see boys in their trucks with a gun rack in the back with guns in them. We were brought up on the Bible and Country-boy-Common-sense. Racism and, LGBQ we didn’t understand other than God was against them. We were paddled, grounded and punished and we would never have dreamed of pointing a weapon at anyone and pulling the trigger. Our daughter is an expert shot with a handgun, shotgun, rifle or bow. She would never dream of using it to harm another person either. This is our family tradition not indoctrination.Shooting has been one of our pass time choices for generations for no other reasons but to feed, protect and share with our family members.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
19 days ago

Let’s get rid of the 23nd. admnd. Then we can rid ourselves of the 1st. Why do we need the rest. ??? In about 40 years this would look like Mad Max terratory. Kyle L.

Mike B.
19 days ago

So they / the left have 1 topic they’re going to harp on until we all go to the voting booth. There’s a lot of gun owners that believe the 2nd amendment should not be ~~~~~~ with. The right has dozens of topics starting with the pipeline . Energy is why we’re in this predicament. Safety at schools has to be a priority. Evil will not follow policy & change .

Gil
20 days ago

While Joe Biden puts more and more people in danger by allowing the borders of our country go unchecked, we cannot give up our second amendment rights to defend ourselves.

Bill C
20 days ago
Reply to  Gil

So true! It was bad 40 years ago when I was an armed guard in SoCal. Our typical carry was .357 magnum which is adequate for deterring drive by shootings, as the rounds will still do damage through car doors!

Ray.A
19 days ago
Reply to  Gil

True! Especially since law enforcement is finding gun in pieces, the reassemble them to be used against us. No, I will keep my weapons and stay the course. Letting illegals come here and bring weapons and whatever over the border to endanger us and our country. Communists.

Phyl
20 days ago

If the GOP is smart, they’ll go with the horrible inflation, high gas and food prices and the demoncrats trying to take our guns and run with it. They need to keep it in front of us just how rotten the dems are without even saying it. The demoncrats are showing it everyday.

edward
19 days ago
Reply to  Phyl

The problem is, THE GOP IS NOT SMART! Unfortuneately, they are interested in the furthering of their own, WORTHLESS CAREERS, which is something our founders did not intend(career politicians). I wish it weren’t so but too many of them are not truly conservative. They need to go the way of the whig party because they have become just as useless!!!

Teresa Lowe
19 days ago
Reply to  edward

Many politicians on both sides of the aisle have become corrupt. Money has become their god and their goals are to destroy our country. Satan and his constituents have hated this country since its inception. No one wanted a country founded on principles which made them feel guilty about what they were doing and now they are attacking it full-force. There are a few Democrats who have stood by the right, Manchin and Seneca, and many republicans who have “fallen away”. We know who they are. But the Republican Party has never done so much evil as the Democrats. They are responsible for the KKK, Jim Crow Laws and keeping the slave population in poverty by mandating southern laws which kept them from enjoying the rights they were given under the Emancipation Proclamation. Years later LBJ finally gave them their rights but it was only to get their vote. He threw the “N” word around like passing the pot on Sunday. He kept them slaves to the Democratic Party by giving them handouts which encouraged a fatherless home. Women could collect subsidies only if they didn’t have a man in the house to support them. In that case, “It was cheaper to get rid of him”. Good read- Candice Owens’ book Blackout.

Steve
19 days ago
Reply to  edward

100% correct! The GOP, as currently constructed and led, is a trash party, nothing more than a speed bump for Democrats to run over at will. If you want proof positive of this, watch at how ineffective they will be in standing hard for 2A. John Cornyn is a perfect example of this and he is from one of the most adamant gun states in the Union.

Westhus
20 days ago

It was my hope that the GOP in Congress would take a harder stand and force the Left to discuss hardening schools & other targets, the violence in Dem-run cities, and who is actually doing the shooting the majority of the time, all while forcing the Left to admit that Defund the Police and other nonsensical measures they supported, have sacrificed the security of all Americans. BUT, leave it to the GOP to give the Left a victory by ‘compromising’ on ‘reforms’, just as they have done (I.e. Cornyn, Graham and McConnell, et al). NEVER underestimate the GOP in Congress and their ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

edward
19 days ago
Reply to  Westhus

remember, they were born from the demise of the whig party.

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