So it your a Democrat and don’t support the Obama gun control legislation, your about to feel the pressure from your own party to support it or else.
Gun control advocates are corralling votes by trying to make life miserable for Democrats they think are too cozy with the National Rifle Association.
The advocates are bankrolling a series of ads that attack Democrats wary of new restrictions as the first phase of a two-part strategy intended to help the party enact President Obama’s gun proposals.
“The first aim is to make it a liability for any Democrats to be associated with the NRA,” said a Democratic strategist who promotes tougher gun laws but wanted to remain anonymous due to the political sensitivity of the issue. “It’s sort of an order of operation. You’ve got to hold the line on your own guys first.”
While gun control supporters see Republican opposition to new restrictions as the highest hurdle confronting Obama’s reform wish list, they believe they must unite Democrats behind those proposed reforms in the early stages of the debate to build momentum — as well as pressure on the GOP.
The Democratic strategist compared the campaign to the efforts of anti-tax groups like Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, which have been largely successful in rallying Republicans against new taxes, with a plan to use that united front to pressure Democrats to take the same position.
“Think about that happening the other way,” the strategist said.
“There didn’t used to be a penalty for being an anti-public-safety Democrat,” the strategist added. “Now there is.”
The urgency from gun-control advocates comes as Obama applied pressure in his own way on Monday, taking the issue on the road for the first time.