January 26, 2013

2014 RACES WHERE GUN CONTROL MATTERS:

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., the politics of gun control turned upside down — or so the proponents of increased firearms regulations would like to believe. The reality, however, is the issue appears likely to affect only a handful of congressional contests this cycle. . . .

The argument can be made that all of the senators in tough 2014 races — Mary L. Landrieu, Mark Pryor, Tim Johnson and Kay Hagan among them — are in states that are typically pro-gun-rights. But Democrats are operating under the logic that Senate candidates have an easier time setting themselves apart from national figures such as Obama and the gun issue won’t be catastrophic.

Hmm. From “winning issue for Democrats” to “won’t be catastrophic.” That’s change you can believe in.

UPDATE: Chicago anti-gun panelist compares crowd reciting Pledge of Allegiance to Nazis’ beer hall conduct.