For them, the court’s groundbreaking decision couldn’t have been more beneficial to the cause in November. Now, Democratic candidates across the map figure they have one less issue to worry about on the campaign trail. And they won’t have to defend Republican attacks over gun rights and an angry, energized base of gun owners.
“It removes guns as a political issue because everyone now agrees that the Second Amendment is an individual right, and everybody agrees that it’s subject to regulation,” said Lanae Erickson, deputy director of the culture program at centrist think tank Third Way.
I guess I can see how this could possibly help some of them with November’s elections, but it certainly doesn’t help many in the overall scheme of things. And, particularly given Chicago Mayor Daley’s plans in the wake of McDonald, I don’t really believe that the gun issue is going to go away any time soon.
Claiming that most Democrats are pleased about this is sort of like claiming the Nazis were better off after D-Day because then they didn’t have to worry about defending the coast of Normandy.