Over at Hot Air, Noah Rothman picked up on how tone-deaf Democrats have decided to further marginalize themselves as a more shrill and ever-shrinking band of fringe extremists, clinging on to radical ideas that the American people simply do not want.
On Wednesday, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched the “Big Ideas Project,” an initiative aimed at soliciting proposals from the public. It’s not a bad idea; the president’s party needs all the help they can get.
“After being diminished in Congress, wiped out in the South, and marginalized in the states Dems focus on gun control,” wrote National Review’s Charles Cooke on Wednesday.
It’s true. “A handful of Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they plan to push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Congress, even though they recognize it will be an uphill battle with Republicans taking majority control,” The Hill reported.
“When you don’t pass background checks, it’s just much more likely that someone will get their hands on an illegal gun and use it to kill their neighbors or their classmates,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will join the call for expanded background checks at an event on Wednesday.
The lawmakers are also pushing for legislation to keep guns out of the hands of people who have been convicted of domestic violence.
If new gun laws did not pass even in the wake of the mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut in 2012, they certainly would not pass today. Rank and file Democrats have convinced themselves that new checks on the legal ownership of firearms are a winning issue. “90 percent of Americans support background checks,” they tell themselves. Indeed, the popularity of this concept might explain why it has been federal law to impose background checks on prospective firearms purchasers since 1993.
Even the Washington Post is conceding that, despite a handful of victories at the state level, the gun control movement is taking a beating in almost every demographic.
For the first time since Pew began asking the question two decades ago, a majority of Americans now say that gun rights are more important than gun control — a striking shift in public opinion over both the last generation and just the last few years. As recently as December 2012, in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shooting, 51 percent of people surveyed by Pew said it was more important to control gun ownership than protect the rights of gun owners.
That consensus has since disappeared, confirming the fears of many gun-control advocates that outrage after Newtown wouldn’t last long.
What’s most striking in Pew’s new data is that views have shifted more in favor of gun rights since then among nearly every demographic group, including women, blacks, city-dwellers, parents, college graduates, millennials and independents. The two groups that haven’t budged? Hispanics and liberal Democrats.
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a shock, then, that this shrinking band of tone-deaf far left politicians thinks that now is the perfect time to start up a new gun control group.
State lawmakers have launched a nationwide non-partisan coalition to combat gun violence, in part because the Congress has failed to reform gun laws, members of the group said on Monday.
Some 200 lawmakers from 50 states have joined the alliance, American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, said the group’s founder, Democratic New York State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh.
Kavanagh told a news conference the group would focus on state-level gun control reforms, including the prevention of interstate gun trafficking and tightening background checks on buyers.
Congress has “failed in its responsibility” to prevent gun violence, said Jose Rodriguez, a Democratic state senator from Texas.
“We can’t continue in the same path that we’ve been in as a country,” he said.
The group of gun control-obsessed 200 state legislators is literally 99.5% far left Democrats in gerrymandered districts, with one single Kansas RINO (Republican In Name Only) member.
Democrats are shifting their control obsession to the state level after the 2014 national elections proved to be a donkey slaughterhouse, with the only positive news coming in Washington State, where the problematic I-594 “universal background checks” initiative became law. The initiative process is now the vehicle of choice for gun control advocates, as the “mob vote” bypasses republican democracy and essentially allows the rich to buy laws as long as they are willing to commit enough advertising dollars. Nevada and Arizona are the next targets for gun control initiatives.
Thankfully, the initiative process is limited to a handful of mostly western states.
A sane political party would look at the historic rejection of their platform nationwide in the 2014 elections and realize that they are grossly out-of-step with voters, but the progressive wing that is driving the Democrats does not seem capable of any level of introspection or humility. In their minds, the problem is that the American voter just isn’t bright enough to understand their political genius, and the solution is to double-down on rejected policies, and to scream the merits of their rejected ideas even louder.
Their battle cry is, “Love me, stupid!”
And yet they still can’t understand why they’re increasingly marginalized, and left out in the cold.