Democrats are facing a major dilemma.
They believe control of Congress is within their grasp.
But one demand made them realize their worst nightmare is about to come true.
After the shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Democrat base has become unglued.
They are marching on state capitols and demanding new gun control.
And while this may rile up urban liberals and so-called “journalists” it has the potential to alienate the majority of the country that supports the Second Amendment.
The Hill reports:
“But the issue is a delicate one for party leaders hoping to flip both chambers in this year’s midterm elections by defeating Republicans in conservative-leaning districts where tougher gun laws can be radioactive.
As the issue continues to dominate the headlines, some Democrats back an understated approach, particularly with vulnerable Democrats like Sens. Heidi Heitkamp(N.D.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) up for reelection in red states.
“It’s certainly more of a base issue than in years past,” said one Senate Democratic aide who works for a senator who has been mentioned as a 2020 presidential candidate.
But the aide said the strategy wouldn’t be effective everywhere…
…Democrats paid a steep political price after championing an assault weapons ban in 1994 and are wary of energizing the GOP base.
One former Democratic leadership aide put it bluntly: “How do you keep from having a conversation about sensible changes be turned into ‘They want to take your guns away’?”
But the Democrats may not have a choice.
Their voter base may drag them to finally admit they want to confiscate everyone’s guns.
At CNN’s anti-gun pep rally, activists booed mentions of rape survivors, called the NRA’s spokeswoman a murderer and erupted into wild cheers at the suggestion government should ban all rifles.
It’s clear the energy on the left is with the gun grabbers.
And with Democrats needing to defend ten Senate seats in red states – and needing to flip Trump districts in the House – it may cost them victory in November.