Biden’s gun control push poses danger for midterms

Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms

President Biden ’s call for an assault weapons ban is putting pressure on Democrats to pass legislation that strategists worry could put lawmakers in a vulnerable spot heading into next year’s midterm elections. The president’s latest push goes beyond expanded background checks and sets the stage for votes to ban assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines — a potential political liability in Senate battlegrounds such as Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. One North Carolina-based Democratic strategist said voting on an assault weapons ban would help fuel Republican arguments that the Biden administration is coming to take their guns. “Republicans are already claiming that Democrats are trying to take people’s guns and have no respect for the Second Amendment,” said the strategist. “It is a problem in all those states, in my mind,” the strategist said of the debate on gun control measures. “The question which is going to determine 2022 is: Is it going to be enough to get those Trump voters out to vote?” The strategist said the issue cuts both ways, with expected Republican opposition to a House-passed bill expanding background checks potentially swinging “whatever suburban women who are left” still voting for GOP candidates over to the Democrats. A debate on gun control of any kind is seen as especially dangerous to Democrats in North Carolina because it could energize rural Republican-leaning voters in a way that would otherwise be difficult without former President Trump atop the ticket. Trump won North Carolina in both 2016 […]

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