Parkland anniversary highlights Democratic shift on guns

Parkland anniversary highlights Democratic shift on guns

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Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., right, accompanied by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, speaks at a news conference on an proposed amendment to ban high capacity magazines in guns, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) In the final weeks before the 2008 election, Barack Obama’s campaign sent mailers to Florida voters reassuring them that he supported the Second Amendment. In the opening days of the 2020 Democratic primary, it’s hard to imagine any candidate feeling the need to make a similar gesture. “Guns are no longer the third rail,” said Steve Schale, a political operative who ran Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008. “Ten to 12 years ago, Democrats had to — for political necessity — be really careful about how they talked about it. Now, if you don’t talk about it, you’re not part of the political conversation.” Democrats are increasingly emboldened to embrace gun control as the anniversary of America’s deadliest mass shooting at a high school approaches on Thursday. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 students and staff members and roused a group of young activists who sought to make gun violence a generational issue for younger voters. No compatible source was found for this media. Since then, Democrats say they’re buoyed by their success in last year’s midterms. The party won back the House of Representatives, fueled by victories in several competitive, suburban swing districts where candidates highlighted gun control. Lucy McBath, who became […]

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