Obama and the anti gun democrats are banking on the fact that the electorate has changed enough to give them a majority of support with respect to gun control, something Clinton didn't have. There are more members of minority classes now, but it seems unclear as to how dedicated those people are to gun control. I guess we're about to find out, and probably pretty soon.
It seems that there's evidence of a strategy to paint ALL republicans as being radical supporters of the "EVIL" NRA, in hopes to divide and conquer the Republican party and scare some of the more moderate Republicans into supporting more gun control to avoid being linked to the NRA. Will that work? It has certainly worked in the past on Republicans such as Olympia Snow and Susan Collins.
"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." Samuel Adams.