Bill Clinton warns Democrats on gun control

The polls lie, he said. More pro-gun voters are single issue voters than anti-gunners.

Clinton said that passing the 1994 federal assault weapons ban “devastated” more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers in the 1994 midterms — and cost then-Speaker of the House Tom Foley (D-Wash.) his job and his seat in Congress.

“I’ve had many sleepless nights in the many years since,” Clinton said. One reason? “I never had any sessions with the House members who were vulnerable,” he explained — saying that he had assumed they already knew how to explain their vote for the ban to their constituents.

“A lot of these people … all they’ve got is their hunting and their fishing,” he told the Democratic financiers. “Or they’re living in a place where they don’t have much police presence. Or they’ve been listening to this stuff for so long that they believe it all.”

Clinton closed his remarks with a warning to big Democratic donors that ultimately many Democratic lawmakers will be defeated if they choose to stand with the president.

“Do not be self-congratulatory about how brave you for being for this” gun control push, he said. “The only brave people are the people who are going to lose their jobs if they vote with you.”

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7 Responses to Bill Clinton warns Democrats on gun control

  1. Jim22 says:

    Clinton is a consummate politician. I don’t agree with his stand on many things, including sexual harassment, but I think he understands this issue. He was never the idealogue that Obama is. He was better able to change positions and far better at schmoozing people.

    Obama can’t do that. He only knows how to threaten, bully, and extract revenge. I doubt that he will heed Clinton’s advice.

  2. Ray Davies says:

    I have an idea I threw him out of one or two of the better bars in town when I was at the Univ.of Ark. He would have fit into a lot of the patrons at The Red Lion in those days. Damn, I miss those days (Iwas younger then,and had hair).
    At least now he’s telling the truth about something.Still awful slimey though.

  3. notamobster says:

    Yep, he’s absolutely right. Anyone who votes for this type of infringement (outside of NY Mass or CA) is hoisting themselves on their own petard.

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    “Or they’ve been listening to this stuff for so long that they believe it all.”

    I think he just called us bitter, clinging, rubes.

  5. BrunDawg says:

    If you consider The Constitution to be a single issue…

  6. Lisa says:

    At least he has the ability to compromise on issues. Obama just wants to shove it down your throat and hope you don’t spit up.