Some grounds for optimism
Daniel Taylor writes in The American:
"One of the first signs of this shift (away from being anti-gun) in the Democratic Party was in 2005, when Howard Dean was appointed to chair the Democratic Party. As much as conservatives hate him, he is pro-gun. So is the new Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-Nevada), who publicly expressed his hope that the Virginia Tech tragedy would not result in an immediate push for gun control.
At the Democratic Presidential Debate in South Carolina last week, when the seven candidates were asked who owned a gun at one point in their lives, only New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Illinois Senator Barack Obama didn’t raise their hands.
In fact, the NRA’s highest-rated presidential candidate in either party is New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a Democrat."