Democrats Renew Push for Gun Bans, Convinced Mass Shootings Have Changed Politics

WASHINGTON TIMES — PHILADELPHIA — Fifteen years after they concluded that gun control was a losing issue for them, Democrats say it’s time for a rethink, convinced that a spate of mass shootings has changed the politics and left Americans clamoring for action.

From the stage this week, a powerful lineup of victims and family members of those killed in shootings begged for gun bans, saying the deranged shooters would have caused far less damage without the semi-automatic rifles many of them used.

Hillary Clinton may be a flawed messenger — in the 2008 election, she ran as a defender of gun rights — but to the victims and those close to them, she is the best chance they have to win a fight they have lost for decades.

On Tuesday, the mothers of recent victims of gun violence were given a prominent platform at the Democratic National Convention, with some in the crowd chanting, “Black lives matter.”

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old who was killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Florida in February 2012, acknowledged that she was an “unwilling participant” in the movement.


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