It's easy to co-sponsor a bill and use it in a campaign ad when you know it won't pass.
I'm just not convinced of the sincereity of the "pro-gun" Democrats, especially in light of the recent national level statements by their leadership. The support I see, even at the local level,is lukewarm, at best. None of them went out of their way to support AB 288. If these Democrats really were pro-Constitution and anti-crime, this bill would've passed over Bernie's objections. In most Western states, there's not much controversy to the Castle Doctrine. The text of AB 288 was, actually, pretty tame and very limited when compared with the language of similar laws in other states.
There have been several home invasions in my own neighborhood. Not having a Castle Doctrine is simply ahome invaderprotection act. Las Vegas Metro, while being a top notch police force, only arrives in time to put up the crime scene tape. Then, the case gets put in a cardboard box, given other more pressing crimes,and left there until it's eventually burnedas trashyears later.
Maybe I'm a cynic, but I see these tactics as just a way to split the pro-Second Amendment voting block and neutraize it so the Democratic leadershipcan pass their true agenda. I'm just not convinced that they learned their lesson from their defeats after the1994 Clinton Gun Ban, especially after the parade in the media over the past week.