Not debating what should be and why … just the political impact of it.
On first blush I read the Clinton and Obama elevating gun control as a political issue right now as a silly thing to do from the election perspective. Sure it plays well in a primary but it fires up a core of the GOP base. Overall even the most mild of measures are losing items for the general election. Yes?
OTOH we are dealing with a GOP increasingly split between the rural less educated gun ownership high group, and the more urban, more educated, less likely to own guns, group. The ascendency of Trump and Cruz rest on the former without losing too much of the other.
Does the Dem side believe that they can further triangulate paint the GOP into the rural White mostly male undereducated corner? If so is that a better tactic than trying to reach out and win over some of the rural voters?
I think the latter. Thoughts?