Democrats Should Ditch the Anti-Gun Rhetoric If They Want to Survive 2022

Democrats Should Ditch the Anti-Gun Rhetoric If They Want to Survive 2022

A firearms instructor teaches a group of women to shoot in Taylor, Michigan, in August 2021. | Carlos Osorio/AP Photo Opinion by RICHARD FELDMAN 11/16/2021 04:30 AM EST Richard Feldman is an attorney and government affairs expert. He lives in Rindge, N.H. As the recent election results in Virginia and New Jersey showed, Democrats have a growing problem with rural and working-class voters. They also have a problem with Latino voters and independents and non-college-educated women. That’s a lot of problems that they need to solve before 2022, or risk a historic midterm rebuke that could cost them both chambers of Congress as well as multiple state Houses and county and municipal contests from coast to coast. The reasons for these defections are numerous, with most of the post-election analysis focused on schools (and wedge issues such as “critical race theory”), the economy (rising inflation) and the response to the Covid pandemic. But if Democrats want to repair their relationships with these key voter groups there’s another issue that can do it. It’s not climate change or Covid vaccines or even child tax credits. It’s guns. Democrats need to learn how to talk about firearm rights and crime issues without demonizing millions of voters who own guns. What Democrats don’t realize is that the very voters they are losing by the tens of thousands each cycle are also the people who account for the largest surge of new firearm sales. There are some 140 million gun owners in this […]

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