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NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Gun control is losing in 2020, and its future is looking even worse

WASHINGTON EXAMINER.COM October 22, 2020 – While much of our politics in this unusual year have become murkier, this year has produced one clear loser: gun control.

It may seem counterintuitive with Democrats fielding the most anti-Second Amendment presidential ticket of all time, but gun control groups and activists are falling short across the political landscape.

Even in a political environment favoring Democrats in November, the gun control movement has failed to get any traction. In the courts, gun control groups have complained that California’s ban on high-capacity magazines and background checks for buying ammunition were given to a biased judge, as both were struck down.

Gun control legislation is about to have a much tougher time in the courts with Amy Coney Barrett’s impending confirmation to the Supreme Court, after years of Chief Justice John Roberts refusing to defend the Second Amendment.

Gun control groups are also being outspent during this election cycle. The National Rifle Association has spent just over half of what it did during the 2016 cycle, yet it has still outspent the top three gun control groups, including the Michael Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety.

Meanwhile, more people have become gun owners during the pandemic and the outburst of summer riots this year. Gun sales records set in March at the start of the pandemic were shattered in June as Black Lives Matter protests devolved into looting and violence. Even the first frontier of gun control couldn’t stem the tide: More Californians own guns now than ever before.

It’s not likely to get any easier for proponents of gun control after November. Even if Democrats take the Senate and the White House, they would have to drag moderates through the fire to achieve any gun control legislation that would then head to the courts that have been reshaped with originalists under President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

And, as past gun sales numbers have shown, no one can sell more guns than a Democratic president. From politics to election spending to the courts, gun control groups have suffered loss after loss.

Perhaps more surprisingly, gun control is failing on all fronts even as our political environment becomes more partisan. Gun control is not just a flailing movement in 2020: It has been set up to fail for years to come.  [view source]

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