Shaun Kenny over at Bearing Drift put it this way:
Keep this in mind folks. No Democratic candidate for governor has ever won on a platform that has embraced the national Democratic position on the Second Amendment.So, are we going to let McAuliffe be the first candidate to openly run on gun control and win?
Mark Warner had to cave on firearms.
Tim Kaine had to cave on firearms.
Creigh Deeds had to cave on firearms.
Terry McAuliffe intends to use Virginia as a platform to show the rest of blue America how he can use Washington-style politics to radically change Virginia’s laws and traditions. ”I don’t care what grade I got from the NRA” was an unmistakable middle finger to 2A supporters everywhere… and this in the birthplace of Patrick Henry and the Gunpowder Incident, folks.