There are many reasons to believe the 2020 election could be a red wave as the Republican Party makes gains in the Senate, takes back control of the House of Representatives, and secures a second term for President Trump. But current considerations of “common sense” gun control measures such as universal background checks, red flag gun laws, and assault weapons bans by some on the right are incorrectly being perceived as good political moves.
Passing gun control will not have a positive impact on the way the electorate sees the GOP. In fact, doing so will sink the GOP’s chances and could put the White House in jeopardy.
Lest we forget, there is no scenario in which gun control advocates on the left or even in the center will view the passage of gun control measures as a Republican strength. There’s a reason Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have “offered” to have a Rose Garden ceremony for the signing of their laws. They know the American people will credit them with getting the President to bend rather than the supposed narrative that Republicans are doing things to stop gun violence. Mainstream media will herald the moment as an example of Democrats forcing the will of the American people onto a reluctant GOP and capitulating President.
Signing any of these measures into law will make the President look weak to the left, weaker to the center, and weakest to President Trump’s conservative base on the right. It will be a betrayal regardless of how the White House spins it. Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy can release all the proclamations of victory they want, but this will be viewed as a win by Chuck, Nancy, and the Democrats.
It will embolden them and inspire their base to want more. That’s the nature of gun control. It always needs more because it never achieves the goals it claims to desire. Every mass shooting will bring about more calls to “do something.” Every rise is gun violence will be met with irrational calls to take away even more aspects of our 2nd Amendment rights while any decrease in gun violence will be used as an example of how gun control works.
As Senator Ted Cruz noted last week, “If Republicans abandon the 2nd Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about 2nd Amendment rights, that could go a long way to electing a President Elizabeth Warren.”
Republicans on Capitol Hill and in the White House MUST stand true to the Constitution and our 2nd Amendment rights. Even the slightest display of weakness will be disastrous for America as well as their 2020 election hopes. They need to stop listening to polls showing ignorant people supporting gun control and take to the streets and airwaves to educate people about why gun control doesn’t work.
Instead of saying “we need a plan” or even “we have a plan” that includes gun control against law-abiding citizens, the President and the rest of the GOP needs to put 100% of their efforts and messaging towards combating crime and mental illness. Gun control is about inanimate objects, the vast majority of which are not used by criminals. Getting tougher on crime and putting more emphasis on mental illness goes to the core of the gun violence problem.
The biggest political mistake the GOP could make is to weaken the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens because of irrational, emotional responses to gun violence. Real solutions go after criminals. Gun control is not a real solution.
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