hillary madDuring CNN’s first Democratic Debate held last Tuesday at the Wynn casino in Las Vegas, the Democratic presidential candidates covered a range of topics including insider politics, income inequality, global warming, Benghazi, Syria, illegal immigration, social welfare programs, and gun control.

Just under ten minutes of the 2 hour debate was dedicated to discussing gun control, in which Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of being too lenient on gun control. The self-proclaimed socialist Senator from Vermont contrasted the feasibility of passing gun legislation in rural versus urban societies, and former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley appealed to listeners’ emotional sides.

Gun ownership restriction and regulation has been a very hot topic in the news lately, following the three mass shootings in America since June.

In response to these tragedies, Democrats and anti-gun lobbyists across the country have sounded the battle cries. As Rahm Emanuel said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

“Instant background checks,” “mental health screenings,” and “this terrible gunshow loophole” are the least controversial chants of the day.

At least 4 of the 5 candidates on stage Tuesday united on this front.

Hillary Clinton motioned, “It’s time the entire country stood up against the NRA.”

But two of the candidates had a different take than Hillary. They seemed hopeful that the key to regulating gun ownership would be to bring pro-gun activists and gun owners into the fight against gun ownership.

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee began, “The reality is, despite these tragedies that happen time and time again, when legislators step up to pass common sense gun safety legislation, the gun lobby moves in and tells the people, ‘They’re coming to take away your guns.’ And they’re successful at it.”

Gov. Chafee gave a shout-out to Colorado, where he said, “legislators that vote for common sense gun safety measures then get defeated.”

Colorado is home to National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), the pro-gun grassroots activism group led by Dudley Brown. NAGR’s mission statement includes the verbiage, “Accepting no compromise on the issue of gun control.”

Chafee went on, “I even saw it in Rhode Island. So I would bring the gun lobby in. Wayne LaPierre, from the NRA, whoever it is, the leaders. Come on, we’ve got to change this.”

He suggested that there had to be a way the radical anti-gun politicians and pro-gun citizens must “find common ground” and compromise on gun control.

Former Gov. O’Malley followed up Gov. Chafee’s appeal by suggesting that activists and lobbyists have already backed down. He advised that all it takes is a little push-back from the politician to make gun owners melt like butter.

O’Malley advocates banning so-called “assault weapons,” limiting clip size, and requiring fingerprints to purchase a gun. He wants to increase current gun law enforcement, and he wants to prevent the unauthorized use of firearms with “smart gun” technology.

Chafee supports lawsuits against gun manufacturers if gun violence is committed with weapons sold by the manufacturer, banning assault weapons, and closing the gun show “loophole,” among other restrictions.

The public consensus to give up without a fight may come less easily than these two hope.

The efforts in Washington to pass anti-gun laws have been thwarted over the past two decades, primarily due to grassroots gun owners rising up against the violations. Anti-gun radicals have attempted to pass dozens of bills restricting gun ownership, but they continue to struggle for legislator support.

Legislation to ban possession of large amounts of ammunition and bulk purchasing of handguns, create Gun Registries, ban manufacture of handguns that cannot be “personalized,” mandate “safety” locks, and provide federal fund incentive programs to states that play ball are just a few of the measures attempted by the anti-gun lobby.

Though politicians promise the government does not want to take away citizens’ guns, President Obama suggested after the Oct 1st Oregon shooting that America follow Great Britain’s or Australia’s example, “countries like ours.” In Great Britain and Australia, private firearm and live ammunition possession was all but abolished. Despite Chafee’s promise, in these two countries millions of guns were confiscated.

Time will tell whether gun owners and activists will be easily won over to this new strategy of “finding common ground” and submitting to the wishes of politicians like Chafee or O’Malley, by allowing their gun rights to be eroded, bit by bit.

But the Democratic presidential hopefuls can be sure pro-gun lobbyists and activists have a bigger tradition than hunting to abide by.

In a 1787 letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”