I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately: anger about electeds not tackling gun violence, and the 2014 midterm elections.
We saw what happened in November after some politicians waged a perceived “war on women” with some outlandish comments. Women turned out in large numbers to help re-elect President Obama (and defeat Mitt Romney, much to the chagrin of the “hard right”). More women were elected to the Senate too.
Will gun violence be the “sleeping giant of 2014″?
•”Arm the teachers!” cries came from the local hard-right blogging community after Newtown.
•Then our conservative local newspaper published what some people considered insensitive imagery and headlines to illustrate articles about guns — twice in the past few weeks. In one case, it ran a “two-source story,” interviewing only the Sheriff and local gun-range owner.
“A free gun should come with every paper, every day,” responded one reader on The Union’s Facebook page. “Surely the Sheriff will support that.”
After all, we are a politically “purple” county now: Romney got 24,986 votes in our county (48.35 percent), while Obama got 24,663 (47.73 percent). That’s a scant 323 votes between the two.
Are the “old guard” powers that be (including the Sheriff and Union newspaper) in our community listening? I have no “inside” information, but what if somebody such as Nick Wilcox of Penn Valley (experienced on the NID board) ran for Supervisor in that longtime conservative district? It would shake things up.
You have to wonder if our community’s old guard is holed up inside their own “echo chamber.”
Here’s an article about gun violence and 2014:
“Women think about the gun violence issue differently from men. To many women, say analysts and pollsters, the gun debate now roiling the country is less about preserving gun rights and more about preserving safety in their neighborhoods,” according to the S.F. Chronicle
“Those differences could have a future political impact, depending on what happens after Congress considers gun legislation, perhaps in the next month. How women feel about any ensuing legislation may affect the 2014 midterm elections – from Washington, D.C., to California.
“After the December mass shootings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the gun issue is engaging more female swing voters who ordinarily vote only in presidential years, analysts said.
“Women want to see action.
‘”It is the sleeping giant of 2014,’ said Bob Carpenter, a longtime California Republican pollster and strategist now based in Maryland, who just completed a bipartisan survey on women and gun violence with Democratic pollster Diane Feldman. ‘It could make 2014 a completely different election.’
Eyes on Congress
“Republicans dominated the 2010 midterm elections, taking the House from Democrats and many key state races across the country.
“If women get to the point where they are staying engaged on this issue, they could turn out and affect the election,’ Carpenter said. ‘They’re going to wait and see what Congress – and, even more, local politicians – come up with.
“Gun violence is the kind of issue, said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, “that has real potential to mobilize waves of women voters and waves of officeholders.”
The rest of the article is here.
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