America's First Freedom - February 2021 - 47

By Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
NRA-ILA

iStock photo by Muni Yogeshwaran

T

he 2020 election may not have
turned out the way gun owners
had hoped. The good news is,
it didn't quite turn out the way the
anti-gun radicals had hoped, either.
Moreover, the Democrats' lackluster
results have some of the party
faithful questioning their devotion to
gun control altogether.
The week before the election, The
Cook Political Report declared that
House Democrats were " poised to
expand [their] majority by 10 to 15
seats. " Their prediction for the Senate
was similar, calling Democrats " the clear
favorites to take back the Senate. "
On November 1, polling aggregator
FiveThirtyEight gave Democrats a 75
percent chance of gaining control of
the Senate and reported that the mostlikely scenario was that Democrats
would control the chamber by a margin
of 52-48. Nate Silver's outfit also
predicted the Democrats to expand
their House majority by six seats. On
October 16, Inside Elections carried
the headline " Democrats Poised for a
Sweep " over a story that declared " in
the House, Democrats will retain and
expand their majority " and peddled a
scenario where Democrats gained " 10
or 11 " Senate seats.
The Democrats managed to
underperform all expectations.
Rather than acquiring new seats in
the House, the Democrats had lost
at least 10 seats as of press time.
Democrats also failed to secure a
Senate majority. As of press time,
the Republicans had secured 50
Senate seats to the Democratic
caucus's 48. Pending the outcome of
two runoff elections in Georgia, the
best the Democrats could hope for
is a 50-50 Senate. Summing up the
party's performance in state races,
a November 28 New York Times
headline blared: " How Democrats
Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot
Losses Across America. "
In the aftermath of the Democrats'
disappointing election results, the
party devolved to finger-pointing and
recrimination. Intemperate messaging,
rather than foolhardy policy positions,
became the primary scapegoat.

In perhaps the most high-profile
incident of Democrat post-election
frustration, Rep. Abigail Spanberger
(D-Va.) criticized House leadership
during a November 5 conference call.
After barely surviving a stiff challenge
from NRA-endorsed Virginia State
Delegate Nick Freitas (R), Spanberger
was livid with her caucus. The freshman
representative stated, " I think that we
need to be pretty clear about the fact
that Tuesday, from a congressional
standpoint, it was a failure. " Spanberger
went on to criticize Democrats' " defund
the police " and " socialist " messaging. In
concluding, the congresswoman noted,
" If we are classifying [the election]
as a success from a congressional
standpoint, we are going to get f******
torn apart in 2022. "
While much of the attention has
gone to the Democrats' imprudent
messaging on law enforcement and
socialism, a small handful of adept
observers have taken notice of
another losing issue for Democrats-
gun control.
The day following the election,
former Democratic U.S. Senator
from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, went
on MSNBC to offer her take on her
party's missteps. McCaskill cited
guns as an issue where Democrats
had alienated voters, adding, " as we
circled those issues we left voters
behind and Republicans dove in
with a vengeance... we also need to
stop acting like we're smarter than
everyone else, because we're not. "
However, no one was more
pointed or astute in their criticism
of the Democratic Party's embrace
of gun control than Vox co-founder
Matthew Yglesias. In a piece titled,
" National Democrats' misguided
re-embrace of gun control " posted to
his website Slow Boring, the former
Center for American Progress (CAP)
wonk laid out the case that national
Democrats should abandon their
fanatical support for gun control. As
Yglesias put it, " The juice here just
isn't worth the squeeze. "
Recalling his time at CAP in the mid2000s, Yglesias noted, " the feeling was
that post-2004 Democrats had decided
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