Maybe we should work to make it that way again. There are actually a lot od Democrats out there who are gun owners, even in those places that have strict gun control laws. Everyone bitches about California and their gun laws, but they mostly forget that it was Reagan who signed the first major gun control law in California into effect in 1968.
Gun ownership, access to public lands, conservation along with hunting and fishing rights should be bi-partisan issues.
In April, President Trump addressed the National Rifle Association’s annual national convention, the first sitting president to do so since Ronald Reagan in 1983. The gun-rights organization endorsed Trump very early, nearly six months before Election Day, and spent millions in key battleground states.
Trump told members, “You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you.”
On Election Day, gun owners did in fact come through for Trump. Sixty-two percent of gun owners voted for Trump, according to data from the 2016 American National Election Studies (ANES). This was 4 percent better than Romney’s share of the gun owners’ vote in 2012 and 10 percent more than McCain’s in 2008.
Let’s note, here, that over the past three presidential elections, a majority of gun owners have supported Republican candidates. But there was a time when gun owners weren’t so overwhelmingly Republican. In 1976, 50 percent of Republicans, 48 percent of independents, and 45 percent of Democrats owned a gun. That changed in the 1980s and 1990s. By 2000, 30 percent of independents and only 27 percent of Democrats reported having a gun in the home. That drop continued among Democrats; by 2016, only 23 percent owned guns.
Meanwhile, Republican gun ownership has stayed fairly constant. In 2012, 54 percent of Republicans owned guns. That’s nearly the same figure reported in 1973.
Now with significantly fewer Democrat and independent gun owners and the near majority of Republicans, the disparity between gun and non-gun owners’ choice for presidential candidates is expanding.