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.

CRITICS SHOOT HOLES IN WIDELY CITED GUN STUDY — FOX NEWS

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