President Barack Obama's skeet shooting boasts are a waste of time. So are other efforts by Democrats to identify with hunters. Non-gun owners are the "real Americans," writes Timothy Noah in The New Republic.
Noah argues Democrats should embrace anti-gun principles because liberal values are winning out in public opinion. "More Americans now support gay marriage than oppose it. Universal health care survived a Supreme Court challenge and a presidential election. Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge has lost its juju."
So why even try to win the gun owner vote? "We think of people who own guns as real Americans, but they represent only 21 percent of the population; the great majority of us don't own guns."
He concludes: "The most generous thing you can say about the hallowed tradition of hunting is that its dwindling popularity means its relevance to American gun culture is dwindling, too. Gun ownership turns out to be one of those things (like income) that during the past three decades became extremely concentrated in a few hands."
Via The New Republic.