2019-06-08 15:53:34 UTC
Maher warns Dems not to make gun control a 2020 issue: 'Liberals should
learn more about guns'
By Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Fox News
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"Real Time" host Bill Maher cautioned Democrats not to make gun control
a prominent issue in the 2020 election, urging them not to "die on this
hill" if it means losing to President Trump.
During his panel discussion Friday night, Maher listed several issues on
which Democrats' stands poll better than Republicans,' such as the
environment, education and health care. But he noted that Republicans
hold a narrow lead over Democrats on gun policy.
Maher then mentioned President Trump's recent sit-down with British TV
personality Pierce Morgan, where the president mentioned that some
people own guns for recreational use.
GUN CONTROL RETURNS TO PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL AS 2020 DEMS PUSH
Bill Maher, host of "Real Time with Bill Maher." (HBO)
"I don't like guns. Have some, don't like them, have it for [an]
emergency, like an antibiotic," Maher told the panel, "but some people
do. Lots of people do and their view is, 'Yes there is a violence
problem with guns, but not me. And you're going after me.'"
Maher added he had doubts whether solutions proposed by Democrats "would
solve the gun problem," and that "to die on this hill and lose an
election" was a real possibility because "we've lost elections before on
this issue, which is not a winning issue for Democrats."
"What is the option though, not to make it a central part of the
campaign?," New York Times columnist Charles Blow asked.
"No," Maher responded. "First of all, liberals should learn more about
guns. I don't know much about guns because, again, I don't care, I don't
like them, but I hear this from gun people."
The HBO star then mentioned a CNN interview in which 2020 presidential
candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, was pressed how his gun control plan
would have prevented the recent mass shooting in Virginia Beach.
"Cory Booker took a very long time to be able to answer that question,"
Maher said as he shook his head.
Blow dismissed Maher's criticism, saying the "framing of the question is
wrong" and pointed to the 30,000 deaths per year that involve guns that
"You're seriously saying that he shouldn't be able to answer the
question as a politician, 'How will your plan specifically stop this
problem?'" Maher reacted. "If you did everything that the Democrats
wanted... I still think you would have this problem because it's much
more complicated than just the mass killers or the type of gun. You're
going to be disappointed if you think just doing what they want gun-wise
is gonna solve it."
Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif, pushed back, saying Democrats' gun control
efforts were intended to "reduce preventable gun deaths."
"I'm just saying I want to win this election and I want to fight it on
the issues we're going to win on," Maher added.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on