Gun Control Advocates See Potential Allies In GOP Women

Leftist politicians continue to push for sweeping new gun-control laws, but recent evidence indicates that they realize there is not enough public support for such aggressive restrictions on the Second Amendment.

In order to advance their agenda, Democratic leaders including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are ramping up their efforts to appeal to segments of the population they believe could be convinced that gun control is necessary.

A Schumer spokesperson issued a statement asserting that the New York Democrat “was proud to have passed a significant bipartisan gun safety bill through the Senate last summer” while arguing that “more must be done” to strip gun rights away from law-abiding Americans.

“Schumer continues to work with his caucus to find a path forward that can garner enough Republican support and combat the scourge of gun violence, save lives, and bring meaningful change,” the statement continued.

While convincing Republicans to roll back gun rights might sound like wishful thinking on the surface, some prominent figures in the GOP seem to be making the same case.

In a recent Forbes op-ed, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) wrote: “It’s clear from today’s data — especially the growing incidence of mass shooting events involving high-capacity magazines and assault weapons — that it’s time to consider policy changes.”

According to polling results, women appear to be the most likely Republican demographic group to support gun control legislation. One recent survey found that 61% of GOP women would be in favor of limiting the sale of certain firearms, which is 20 points higher than Republican men.

At least for now, the makeup of Congress — particularly in the GOP-led House — makes it unlikely that any significant changes to gun laws will be successful.

As Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) advised, any ban on so-called assault weapons is unlikely to pass.

“What are they going to do about the millions of semi-automatic rifles that are already out there?” he asked. “I don’t think a prospective ban will have any of the intended effect of the proponents. Basically what they’re advocating for is confiscation from law-abiding citizens. I’m willing to look at whatever the proposal is but I’m not willing to erode the rights of law-abiding citizens.”