The midterms are, regardless of how some choose to spin it, a referendum on the last two years of leadership from elected representatives. It’s also a chance for once-nascent movements to make their mark on the national stage. This week, we look at the silence from Dems on gun control with help from InSov Network colleague and This is the Line editor Armed Novelist, we look at the tanking support for gun control since 2012, and we re-visit the nullification movement.
1.) Repercussions. Sandy Hook was, to many in the gun control movement, the “it” event. The shooting was the event of such grand scale, involving such young targets, that support for gun control would surge, making every effort to ban firearms sail through Congress. What we ended up with were fabricated polls, using the Newtown victims as props at gun control speeches and, lest we forget, one of the biggest jumps in gun sales in modern history.
The event that was supposed to destroy gun rights and galvanize gun control ended up doing entirely the opposite.
Over on This is the Line, Armed Novelist has a much more in-depth take on the midterms.
2.) Nullification: The Movement. The Tenth Amendment Center has launched a new website focusing on Federal gun laws. In an article posted this week, the Center launched ShallNot.org. The accompanying handbook lays out what is billed as a “State-Level Plan to Nullify Federal Gun Control” and states that “simply put, the federal government has no constitutional authority to restrict your right to keep and bear arms. At all. Period.”
To that end, the Tenth Amendment Center also has a note on three states already moving toward nullification; Idaho, Alaska, and Kansas.
3.) Washington State.. Michael Bloomberg is not known for a winning track record when it comes to pouring money into elections centered around firearms. This should come as great encouragement to opponents of I-594 in Washington state, as Bloomberg has now put nearly $2 million into supporting that proposition, alongside the roughly $8 million other gun control groups have thrown at it. I-594 would, in effect, force background checks on alltransfers and purchases of firearms. (Yes, even from relative to relative.)
4.) Lacking support. There is a very good reason for the millions being thrown at the measure. A new poll by Gallup suggests that support for gun control has has tanked in the last two years. This is in addition to the surging gun sales, spectacular failure of federal gun legislation, and success of pro-gun legislation of HB 60. (All of which, to be quite frank, has been run though so frequently here that to do it again would be beyond redundant.)
Or, as an op-ed in the Daily Caller noted, “The Obama Administration is Still Losing Its War on the Second Amendment.”
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