The NY Times reports that Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin, a victim of police incompetence with a firearm, is leading a push to get as many gun violence victims in the room for the State of the Union address as possible. Using these victims to encourage emotional reactions is the strategy.
Democrats want Americans to make an emotional reaction to recent violence. They feel this is their one and only moment to enact legislation on an issue they feel has cost them a number of elections. Salon.com’s Steve Kornacki calls the strategy the “Gun Control Long Game.” Democrats are testing to see whether or not Americans will react to their gun grab. For now they will try to implement a small amount of gun control, and if Americans don’t punish them in the 2014 mid-term elections, they will implement more. Give an inch, they’ll take a mile. Don’t be fooled.
Democrats desperately want to believe that their last Assault Weapons Ban wasn’t the reason they were demolished in the 1994 “Republican Revolution” election. As Kornacki writes:
Exactly why Democrats were crushed in the ’94 midterms is impossible to say. Other factors – a tax hike in 1993, a failed effort at healthcare reform, a negative reaction to single-party rule – surely played a big role, but what really matters in politics is how leaders choose to interpret elections. So even though it’s possible guns weren’t a huge part of the GOP’s ’94 victory formula, what’s relevant is that Democrats believed they were – just as they believed guns were one of Gore’s chief problems in ’00. What this tells us is that the 2014 midterms will go a long way toward determining if there’s a follow-up to any gun legislation that passes Congress now – whether this ends up being the prelude to more sweeping and comprehensive reforms in 2015 or 2016.
It is up to gun owners to let them know they are wrong. If we allow Democrats to take major wins away in 2014, it will only be a matter of time before stricter gun control legislation is implemented. Don’t give an inch. Fight. Fight. Fight.