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Liberal gun owners face dilemma in 2020 field
« on: February 29, 2020, 08:12:30 AM »
https://apnews.com/366d66c437ab486820e30bec549c4c0b
Liberal gun owners face dilemma in 2020 field

Smith and liberal gun owners like her face a quandary as voting in the Democratic primary intensifies with Super Tuesday next week. They are nervous about some of the gun control measures the Democratic candidates are pushing and are unsure who to trust on this issue.

“You’re alienating a huge part of your constituency,” Smith says of the Democratic field’s gun proposals. “You have a huge constituency that is looking for something different and when you are talking about restricting a right which is so different than everything else you talk about, you are being anti-liberal.”
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An estimated 23 percent of Democrats nationally lived in households with guns in 2018, according to the General Social Survey, which is conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. And roughly 20 percent of gun owners — about 12 million people — identify as liberal
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The liberals who are opposed to gun control are at odds with a broader trend among Democrats when it comes to tougher firearms restrictions. According to polling by Gallup last year, 88 percent of Democrats said laws governing firearm sales should be made more strict, up from 77 percent in 2015 and 63 percent in 2010.

The political dilemma for Democratic gun owners grew when former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg entered the campaign. Bloomberg heads one of the most politically active gun control groups and has spent vast sums of money pushing his agenda in races around the country.
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One Democratic president, John F. Kennedy, was actually a member of the National Rifle Association.

Liberal gun owners, Yamane said, are generally newer to gun ownership and are less likely to be the stereotypical face of gun owners: older, white men.
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Yamane himself is part of the Democratic gun-loving public, describing himself as a “liberal snowflake gun owner.”

Kat Ellsworth, from Chicago, was firmly against firearms and favored gun-control until just a few years ago, when she went with a friend to a gun range and discovered a love for guns and shooting.

As she looks at the upcoming election, she’s torn as a self-described liberal and registered Democrat.
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f she could give Democratic presidential candidates any advice, she said, it would be this: “I feel like they would really gain a lot more votes if they would just drop the gun-control crap.”
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When it comes to black voters, Kevin Dixie sees guns in a different light. An African American, Dixie grew up in St. Louis and experienced firsthand the toll of gun violence.

He believes that gun rights are about empowering communities of color and ensuring freedom is available to every American, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. He runs a firearms training business called No Other Choice.

“This is much deeper than guns,” Dixie said. “It’s not just about owning a gun, it’s about maintaining your freedom, and we shouldn’t be politicizing it.”

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Re: Liberal gun owners face dilemma in 2020 field
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2020, 10:37:40 PM »
Bloomberg now says he is pro-gun.  You cant make this up.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/juliorosas/2020/03/02/watch-bloomberg-confronted-over-his-security-detail-while-pushing-for-gun-control-n2562798
WATCH: Bloomberg Confronted Over Having a Security Detail While Pushing for Gun Control

"Let me talk about firearms for a second. The Second Amendment gives you the right to bear arms. Nobody suggests that we're gonna change the Constitution, even if you wanted to you would be able to get it done. The Supreme Court said you can have 'reasonable restrictions.' The only restrictions which I’m in favor of is to prevent us from selling guns to people with psychiatric problems, criminals or people that are minors," he continued.

Wonder what happened to his plan calling for "assault weapons" ban, red flag laws, required "may issue" permits, etc?

https://youtu.be/mgmEx9DaO3M