I’ve been seeing quite a bit of this argument lately; the surge in gun sales, spike in violent crime, and general societal unrest have spelled the end for the gun control movement. J.D. Tuccille at Reason says that 2020 is “the year that gun control died,” while Townhall’s Daniel Mitchell framed the argument in the form of a question: is gun control dead?
While I’d love to believe that the record-high numbers of new gun owners and surging sales of firearms and ammunition have immunized us against the plague of gun control, it’s unfortunately not the case. In fact, the gun control movement has big plans for 2020. Not only are gun control orgs backing Joe Biden for president, groups like the billionaire-funded Everytown for Gun Safety are spending tens of millions of dollars to flip state legislatures in places like Iowa, Texas, and North Carolina. They’ve got unlimited resources and what they believe is a winning strategy: concentrate their efforts on suburban women voters with messaging about keeping their kids safe through “commonsense gun safety” measures.
Everytown thinks that messaging is what allowed Democrats to take control of the statehouse in Virginia for the first time since the 1990s last November, and they’ll be trying to replicate their success on a grand scale this November.