Will Gun Control Cause Democrats to Fall From Power in 2014/16?
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The time, November 1994. The place, The United States of America.
On the heels of the passage of sweeping gun control measures, unofficially called “The Assault Weapons” ban Democrats were celebrating their perceived invincibleness after taking full control over both the legislative and executive branches in the previous elections. Bill Clinton was proving to be a popular president with both liberals and independents.
Democrats were hoping for victories in 1994 to cement their majorities and have carte blanche to pass any legislation they wanted.
Then, something happened. The American people decided they didn’t want to be disarmed and didn’t want socialized healthcare (another pet project pushed by Clinton). Called the Republican Revolution, the GOP picked up 54 seats in the House and 8 seats in the Senate giving them a wide majority in both. The GOP also picked up 12 governorships in state races, and took back over a dozen state legislatures.
Political analysts like to argue about the reasons for this. Many citing Clinton’s proposed healthcare legislation, and just as many citing the Democrats sweeping gun control measures.
We tend to lean towards the gun control issues. People don’t like to be told how, when and where they are allowed to protect themselves and their families.
While Democrats have learned their lesson, as we saw from the crushing defeat of Dianne Feinstein’s latest “assault weapons ban” in April, they are still pushing for smaller restrictions in the realm of gun control. They are also making a lot of noise in the media on the issue.
Could we see a repeat of the 1994 elections exactly 20 years later in the 2014 midterm elections? Could we see the coming of the Second Republican Revolution?
The setup is very similar. A president who is popular with liberals and some independents, the Democrats enjoying years of success at the national level, gun control and healthcare are two primary issues, and Democrats seem to think they are invincible.
You know what they say about those who do not understand history…