Opportunity for meaningful reforms can be lost through overreach.
GOV. TONY EVERS wants Wisconsin to consider a mandatory buyback of assault weapons from owners in the state.
That's just dumb, on multiple levels.
First, it's not going to happen. The Republican-controlled legislature will see to that.
Second, it cedes the political high ground by playing into the worst fears of gun owners and risks justifying legislative paralysis.
Third, it makes clear that Democrats on the far left are just as radically out of touch on the issue as the do-nothing wing on the far right.
SO LONG AS the message isn't "we're coming for your guns," sensible reformers have the clear advantage. Massive majorities - Democrats and Republicans, gun owners and non-owners - favor common sense reforms such as universal background checks. As the bodies pile up, politicians adhering to the gun lobby's do-nothing stand are finding themselves increasingly out on an uncomfortable island.
But when Evers - and longshot presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke - call for making people submit to confiscation of certain classes of guns, they risk any political capital the movement might have captured.
Like we said.