(USA Features) President Joe Biden push for new gun control measures will provide opportunities for Republicans to pick up seats in the 2022 midterms, according to Democratic strategists who are concerned about the outcomes.
A report in The Hill notes that, for instance, votes in the Democrat-controlled Congress to outlaw military-looking semi-automatic rifles, which are rarely used in gun crimes, as well as high-capacity magazines are going to be political liabilities in states like Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, where there are key Senate races next year.
“Republicans are already claiming that Democrats are trying to take people’s guns and have no respect for the Second Amendment,” said a North Carolina-based Democrat strategist.
“It is a problem in all those states, in my mind. The question which is going to determine 2022 is: Is it going to be enough to get those (Donald) Trump voters out to vote?”
The outlet went on to say that any gun control debate will be especially concerning for Democrats in North Carolina by energizing GOP-leaning voters in ways that would otherwise be harder since the former president won’t be on the ticket.
Trump won the state in 2016 and 2020.
“It’s more powerful in the Republican rural base,” said the strategist of the gun control debate, while “it’s one of a litany of issues that suburban voters do not agree with the Republican Party on.”
Nevertheless, Biden, who recently signed a series of mostly benign executive actions on guns, has said he wants to ban military-style rifles and implement additional gun control measures.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone another hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future,” Biden said, adding that “we can ban assault weapons.”