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Democrats like guns. A growing number are educating themselves about guns, and becoming responsible gun owners.
Since its founding in 2007, the Liberal Gun Club, has served as a refuge for a group of people who occupy a lonely no man’s land in the middle of the nation’s gun wars. They wince at fellow liberals who seem to want to ban everything—guns, ammunition, bump stocks—but don’t know the first thing about how guns work. But they’re disgusted by the paranoid, left-baiting rhetoric pumped out by the NRA. Mostly, over the years, they’ve kept to themselves.
But in the wake of Trump’s election—and reports of traditional Democratic voters buying guns at higher rates—the group is discovering that it can be a platform as much as a safe space. The non-profit’s membership has doubled in the last year to 2,000 dues-paying members in nearly every state, with 7,500 people who actively post on its message boards and another 9,000 Facebook fans. The membership is minuscule compared to the 5 million who the NRA claims (55 million Americans own guns). But they have been interviewed recently by outlets from the BBC, Boston Magazine and the Associated Press. Even NRA TV invited members of the club to appear in a segment. They declined, which speaks to the question of how prominent a role the group can, or wants to take in the wider national discussion on gun law reform.
Still, an internal survey this year found members want the club to be more politically active. The LGC’s California chapter already has stepped up its lobbying efforts, while the group as a whole has considered jumpstarting a long-dormant PAC to support gun rights, but without resorting to the dark imagery and siege mentality of the NRA’s Dana Loesch videos. Knowing that 20 percent of Democrats own guns, could the LGC, some members wonder, provide a bridge between two implacably opposed camps—liberals and the NRA-led gun lobby?
There are people with different opinions about guns.