Last week’s stunning victory for Donald Trump was also a win for Republicans nationwide, prompting the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre to declare “Our time is now” to reverse years of gun control demagoguery.
As LaPierre explained it:
“In the face of the bitter hatred and elitist condemnation, this is our historic moment to go on offense and defeat the forces that have aligned against our freedom once and for all. The individual right to carry a firearm in defense of our lives and our families does not, and should not, end at any state line. I call on Congress and the president-elect to pass National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity as quickly as it can be written and signed.
“And it is time, once and for all, to end the absolute fallacy of gun-free zones. Not one more American serviceman or woman should be murdered on a military base because the government denied their right to defend themselves with a firearm. We revere the men and women in uniform who defend our freedom, and their rights must be restored immediately.
“I also call for protections that stop the tyrannical erosion of gun rights in states and cities where corrupt leaders use their political power to abuse the rights of American citizens. I’m talking about a deceitful web of gun bans, ammo bans, magazine bans, exorbitant fees and taxes, and registration schemes—all designed to undermine the meaning of the Second Amendment and the Supreme Court decisions that uphold it.”
By all logic, this could filter down to the state level in most states. According to an e-mail from Washington State GOP Chair Susan Hutchison, “Republicans now control an all-time high of 68 out of 98 state legislative chambers (our State Senate is still one of them). And 33 of the nation’s 50 governors are Republican.”
It is no secret that gun owners turned out in force to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. Her decision to make gun control a cornerstone of her campaign amounted to throwing down the gauntlet.
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Do not expect Democrats to cooperate. According to a new Rasmussen Reports survey, “64% of Likely Democratic Voters think it is more important for their party to stand up for what it believes in rather than work with President Trump.”
Rasmussen noted that after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, “Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans at the time felt their party should stand up for what it believes in. Eighty-three percent (83%) of Democrats felt the GOP should work with the president.”
Last week’s election results will give Second Amendment advocates a genuine opportunity to identify their friends and foes in both parties. They will see whether anyone on Capitol Hill introduces legislation to pursue the goals LaPierre detailed, and then see who supports and opposes these measures.
Anti-gun Democrats appear to be on the ropes. Perhaps it is time for Republicans to step forward and do what Democrats did when Obamacare came up for a vote.
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