House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was in South Florida this week, promising that if Democrats re-take the House of Representatives next month, gun control will once again become a Capitol Hill priority, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
That’s been the concern of pro-rights activists throughout the campaign season. The national Democrat party has not been friendly to the Second Amendment for years. Individual Democrats have not always followed the party line, casting their votes to support gun rights, but he party platform has contained a gun control plank for a long time.
Now comes Pelosi promising a renewal of what amounts to an assault on gun owners’ rights less than three weeks before the midterm elections. That just might provide the motivation necessary to get slumbering gun owners to the polls next month and prevent a House flip.
Many voters remain hostile to Democrats over the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and in the Second Amendment community, they are wise to the fact that anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg vowed in June to spend millions of dollars to help elect Democrats.
Debates between Democrat and Republican congressional candidates, which Rasmussen says voters are divided as to their value, seem to include questions about guns, with the Democrat often times accusing Republicans of being “bought and sold by the gun lobby,” as did Dr. Kim Schrier Wednesday evening in a debate with Republican Dino Rossi in Washington State’s 8th Congressional District. One can sense a lack of sincerity from Democrats when they make a comment that essentially says they “support the Second Amendment…but.”
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In Schrier’s case, she asserted, “We need common sense solutions and we will not be able to get there unless we get gun money out of our politics.”
It was boilerplate gun control lobby rhetoric that overlooks the fact that anti-gun wealthy elitists are pumping a lot more cash into elections this year than gun rights organizations or individual gun owners. For example, Washington voters are faced with gun control Initiative 1639, for which supporters have raised more than $4.5 million to pass, while the National Rifle Association and its allies, including the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, have raised less than $400,000 to fight.
Pelosi’s promise came as she spoke with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, scene of the Feb. 14 mass shooting that killed 17 students and adults. That incident resulted in a wave of support for stricter gun laws, but also raised the question about where the line is drawn on the regulation of a constitutionally delineated right. No other right spelled out in the federal Bill of Rights comes under the same intense scrutiny when exercised as does the Second Amendment, say gun activists.
Those are the people Pelosi’s remarks may invigorate as the Nov. 6 midterm elections loom.