Democrats are in a catch-22 on gun control. Their base is riled up and now expecting them to try to take drastic measures on guns. Yet the party leadership knows this could hurt them greatly in the midterms and even 2020. What are they going to do now?
The Hill reports:
Dems fear overreach as left presses assault weapon ban
Democrats will meet Tuesday morning in the Capitol to discuss their next steps on gun control as they wrestle with how to move forward following one of the deadliest mass shootings in the nation’s modern history.
The party is galvanized behind the idea that Congress should take action on gun control, but faces warnings from some Democrats that reaching too far could drive away voters in the swing districts they’ll need to retake the Speaker’s gavel.
A number of rank-and-file lawmakers view this month’s shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school as a potential tipping point in the years-long congressional stalemate over new gun restrictions. Shedding caution, this growing chorus of Democrats is calling for extensive reforms, including a ban on military-style weapons…
“It’s one of those fundamental issues that riles up American politics — it’s up there with abortion and immigration — and they need to be very careful,” said a former Democratic leadership aide. “If a Democratic candidate, or the party as a whole, overextends on this issue, then it becomes incredibly easy for the Republicans to play that up in a lot of districts.
In short, if they deliver for their base it will hurt them with the general population. If they do nothing, it will hurt them with their base. It’s a tough spot to be in.