While anti-gun Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a prohibition on the open carry of sidearms in some state government buildings, liberal Democrat California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was kicking off an initiative effort on the other coast that would require background checks for buying ammunition.
Both amounted to the kinds of political moves that Second Amendment advocates should probably expect to see more of in the remaining months before the national elections in 2016.
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Newsom, who hopes to be the next Golden State governor, was no doubt playing to what he presumes is his equally-anti-gun far left base. The former San Francisco mayor evidently has gotten used to pushing a radical agenda, and he’s comfortable with that while deliberately alienating a large voting bloc of gun owners.
McAuliffe, at the other end of the country, may believe he also has nothing to lose by pressing the gun control agenda. Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, retorted on his Facebook page that, “Virginia has never had a shooting in one of its government buildings, but Gov. McAuliffe wants to fix that by making them ‘gun-free zones’.”
Virtually all of the mass shooting incidents in recent memory that have fueled the current gun control campaign have occurred in so-called “gun-free zones.” It’s a fact gun prohibitionists seem already convinced the voters will overlook.
The 2016 election is already shaping up to be as divisive as it is decisive, because with gun rights versus gun control at or near the center of the debate, next year may provide an answer to the question of which direction the United States is headed, and which philosophy will guide the nation into the future, if there is to be a future.
There will be anti-gun ballot measures in at least three states: Nevada, California and Maine, and others may be in the political crosshairs of anti-gun billionaires such as Michael Bloomberg. He supported last year’s gun control initiative campaign in Washington State, and will likely do it again next year in other states.
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