[VIDEO] Was the CNN crowd really applauding the banning of semi-automatic weapons? That is the conclusion that was reached in an interview with Michigan’s Dan Kildee’ on CNN. When you watch the video and hear the reaction to Marco Rubio’s statement, it is not clear that they are cheering the ban part of the statement or the slippery slope part of the statement. As it was a CNN Town Hall, you will probably have to go with Option A.
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Via the Free Beacon, I don’t get it. Why would a Democrat from Michigan be reluctant to admit his party’s obvious desire to ban–
Oh, right. Right. I forgot.
Let me give CNN a bit of credit here, on a day when my opinion of the network has never been lower. This is a question that should be asked of Democratic pols, not because it’s a gotcha but because there’s a genuine conflict between the party’s beliefs and its electoral aspirations. They need to claw back some ground with white working-class voters, particularly in purple states like Dan Kildee’s Michigan, which points towards a more moderate position on gun control. But there’s no denying that the party’s increasingly influential left wing wants, at a minimum, semiautomatic rifles banned, not just “assault weapons.” What’s a Democrat to do?
You got a taste of the dilemma last night at CNN’s town hall, when the crowd erupted in cheers after Marco Rubio broached the idea of banning semiautomatic rifles — not just “assault weapons” — in passing. Asked about that moment, Kildee whines here that “Gun advocates, the NRA will seize upon that as evidence there’s a slippery slope.” But it’s not a matter of it being a slippery slope; it’s a matter of the logic behind an “assault weapons” ban necessarily leading to ……..
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