Former President Bill Clinton, who suffered significant political damage after signing into law the original assault weapons ban, is cautioning President Obama against patronizing his gun control opponents, in particular gun owners.
Appearing before Obama's National Finance Committee and various business leaders, Clinton stressed that guns present different cultural complexities than other political issues.
"Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them," he said, according to Politico.
Clinton's words are wise, but it may be too late. The Obama campaign team has already been converted and activated to attack the National Rifle Association and its 4.4 million members. The Obama administration has essentially told the country that anyone who doesn't support Obama's gun control agenda isn't practicing "common sense." The nearly 90 million gun owners in the country have also been classified as "fringe" by liberal politicians and the media.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also cautioned Obama on the issue because like Clinton, was around in 1994 to see Democrats get walloped in the House as a result of the assault weapons ban legislation.