I don't think anyone really thinks that Emmanuel has changed his position on gun control. I do think that perhaps the Democrats have learned from their past mistakes and that most of them including Obama and Emmanuel know that gun control is a losing issue right now. It didn't work out well for Clinton (he had to deal with a Republican congress after '94), Al Gore's gun-control policies were one of the factors in his defeat, and gun control certainly didn't help John Kerry too much. Given an opportunity such as some sort of horrific mass murder I think the Dems might try something but I don't think they're stupid enough to try and shove it down our throats out of nowhere.
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