Assault rifles are displayed during the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Phoenix

Democrats' new line on gun control: Do it for national security

Assault rifles are displayed during the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in PhoenixDemocrats pushing for gun curbs after the latest mass shooting in the United States are co-opting a Republican mantra to build public support and defang opposition: it’s time to get tough on national security. Shoring up national security has long been a pillar of Republican orthodoxy, as has staunch opposition to gun control. With national security driving the debate, Democrats see a more powerful argument than simply advocating the need to curb gun violence in a country of 320 million that has more than 310 million weapons.

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