Gun Control Could Be A Good Thing For The GOP

by Matt Lewis, The Daily Caller  |  published on January 1, 2012

Bill Clinton

My latest column for The Week deals with the futility of gun control.

As I write: “Consider what happened the last time we attempted to ban ‘assault weapons.’ Bill Clinton’s assault weapons ban actually didn’t reduce gun violence — nor did its expiration elevate levels. Liberals may sincerely believe ‘common sense’ gun control will make a difference. History suggests otherwise.”

My point was to make the case that gun control simply won’t work. In so doing, however, I only obliquely referenced the political ramifications.

But there’s an interesting political dynamic — and that is that gut gun control could be the best thing to happen to the GOP in a long time.

Let me explain …

Remember, Clinton’s gun ban passed in 1994 (coincidentally, just before the Republican Revolution). To be sure, it wasn’t the sole reason Republicans swept the House, but — coming on the heels of Hillarycare, etc. — it was a symptom of a larger problem for Democrats.

Conservatives don’t like the term “reactionary,” but their success is almost always predicated on liberal overreach. (And liberals typically overreach after a series of wins — once they are no longer “gun-shy” — and become convinced they actually have a mandate to actually impose their ideas. Sound familiar?)

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