How good for the gun rights cause was Tuesday’s recall voting in Colorado that ousted anti-gun politicians?
So good that a major liberal magazine has pronounced more efforts to crack down on Second Amendments rights doomed for the near future – not only in Colorado, but around the country.
In an article published Friday in The Atlantic, writer Molly Ball ticks off the libs’ “look-on-the-bright-side” list: two threatened state senators never even faced a recall vote because their critics couldn’t come up with enough signatures to force a ballot; both recalled senators were in vulnerable districts; the gun control laws that sparked election are still in force.
So, it wasn’t so bad for gun controllers, right?
The true takeaway from Tuesday’s vote, Ball writes, is that while the gun-grabbing crowd might be able to woo a malleable politician to its way of thinking – particularly in the aftermath of incidents like the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that galvanized gun-grabbers nationally – the libs won’t be able to sustain momentum unless they prove they can protect office-holders who take the risk of joining its unpopular cause.
And on Tuesday in Colorado, they proved exactly the opposite.
Not even with a huge monetary advantage, not even the powers of incumbency, not support from the liberal media, not even with a vast influx of volunteer help from Democrats nationwide will supporting gun control prove a long-term survival strategy for politicians.
As Ball writes:
Advocates needed to send a signal that politicians could vote for gun control without fear of ending their careers. Instead, they sent the opposite message. Now risk-averse pols, already all too aware of the culture-war baggage the gun issue has historically carried, will have no incentive to put their political futures in jeopardy by proposing or supporting gun control legislation. Indeed, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to think that gun control might go back into the policy deep-freeze where Democrats had it stowed for most of the last 10 years.
Some Democrat true believers might be fooled – or at least comforted — by nonsense like Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s theory that “voter suppression” like allowing voters only two weeks to figure out how to get to a polling site had any effect on the outcome of the race.
Some Democratic strategists might point to better ways the huge money advantage the incumbents facing recall enjoyed and try to sell the idea that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bottomless wealth will turn the trick next time.
But the people who really matter – the Democratic politicians out in real America, outside the liberal urban and coastal cocoons – have gotten the message.
Voting for gun control is a losing long-term proposition.
And if they didn’t get it Tuesday, they’ll read it in The Atlantic.