Cincinnati Gun Control Protest Less Than Impressive

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As we stand kind of a precipice, everyone in the gun debate is getting ready for the battles coming up. We know that President Joe Biden wants to enact gun control–he said so from the start after all–but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Gun control groups are going to have to step up and do their part if they want to see it pass and become law.

Of course, if they want to do that, then they’re going to have to do better than this:

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Nearly two dozen people calling for gun reform protested at the Cincinnati office of Senator Rob Portman.

Wow. Nearly two-dozen? On a Sunday in a city of over 300,000?

Somehow, I’m guessing this isn’t the broad support Biden is going to need if he wants to win the gun debate taking place right now.

Honestly, this is absolutely pathetic. I’ve had more people get together to complain about a book, for crying out loud. And this is a city that went for Biden 51 percent, and they couldn’t muster more than two dozen people on the anniversary of a mass shooting that we haven’t been allowed to forget?

I’m not going to lie, if this is Biden’s support for gun control, I like our chances.

Seriously, this is a pathetic showing. This might have been a good turnout in a small city, the kind of place that normally doesn’t lean left in their politics, but this is Cincinnati, for crying out loud. It’s one of the largest cities in the state, and they can only muster a couple dozen people at most for something?

Don’t tell me people were working, either. While some might have been, this was a Sunday. This is a day when more people are going to be off than just about any other day of the week.

No, they simply didn’t have the numbers, which is a good thing for gun rights in Ohio.

Further, though, it may mean good things for gun rights throughout the entire nation, if this is the vehemence they’re going to bring to the table in the upcoming debate over our gun rights.

Politics belongs to those who show up. For us, the Biden plan amounts to an existential threat to our gun rights. If his proposal goes through and survives legal challenge somehow, we’ll see similar measures put in place for any number of other firearms you care to name. For us, this is the fight.

Yet the anti-gunners may not be looking at it the same way. Maybe they figure they already have a lock of everything and they don’t need to turn out. Lord knows I hope so. It’ll make our jobs easier.

On the flip side, though, let’s not get our hopes up too much. It’s unlikely this protest was planned knowing about Biden’s announcement, so that might just energize their side to start showing up and digging in themselves. Still, it’s promising for us to see this kind of a pathetic showing.

Jul 27, 2021 12:30 PM ET