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Gun control advocates may be particularly excited about the prospects for the Democratic challenger in this year’s Arizona senate race, Mark Kelly. He is the husband of former House member and gun violence victim Gabby Giffords. Together they founded a gun violence prevention group, which is now named after her.
However, Kelly is not running hard on gun control. Not one of Kelly's TV ads even mentions guns. And when discussing his views on his campaign website, Kelly is careful with his language. He is quick to note that he is a “gun owner and a combat veteran.” And he sticks with measures and phrases that poll strongly such as, “universal background checks” and keeping “guns out of the hands of stalkers and domestic abusers.” He does not use the word “ban,” not even for semi-automatic assault weapons, even though such a ban is a focal point for many gun control advocates.
Other promising Democratic candidates tread even lighter than Kelly on guns. Montana’s Steve Bullock, Maine’s Sara Gideon, Kansas’ Barbara Bollier and South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison don’t even include a gun section in their platforms. Iowa’s Theresa Greenfield, North Carolina’s Cal Cunningham and Kentucky’s Amy McGrath are in line with Kelly and steer clear of mentioning an assault weapons ban on their websites, though Cunningham does explicitly back a ban on high-capacity magazines.
The relatively daring Democratic Senate candidates who specify support for an assault weapons ban on their websites are Colorado’s John Hickenlooper, Georgia’s Jon Ossoff and Texas’ MJ Hegar. Nevertheless, none of them are highlighting their gun control views in TV ads.
Confiscation isn't gonna happen.But in recent days, Senators Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Jon Tester and Dianne Feinstein have reiterated their opposition to eliminating the legislative filibuster. And any incoming Democrats from red and purple states, several of whom are running as independent-minded, bipartisan problem-solvers, will not be inclined to take one of the most partisan acts imaginable in their first year in office.
Why the resistance? Probably so they aren’t forced to take up-and-down votes on culturally polarizing legislation like an ambitious gun control package.