It’s been about four days. Are you done with the celebrating yet?
This week, all the election news as it relates to firearms. This week, two states amp up hunting rights, Alabama becomes the latest to add a “strict scrutiny” amendment to its Constitution, and anti-gunners cling to a law in Washington State.
Thanks to my InSov Network colleagues both for helping with the Run and tolerating my occasional geeking out as a newshound.
1.) Baseline. It was an incredible night for both gun rights and the GOP. Guns.com has an excellent recap of the night, including specific Senatorial and Representative races.
2.) Fundamental Right. In late 2012, Louisiana passed an amendment subjecting any attempt at gun control to “strict scrutiny.” (Although the state S In August of this year, Missouri voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution making the right to keep and bear arms a “fundamental” right.
Now, Alabama joins that list.
Outside of those amendments, Alabama and Mississippi also made hunting a constitutionally protected right.
3.) Political stonewall. The GOP secured the largest majority for the party since Truman was in office. (In other words, the mid 40s-mid 50s). Breitbart has called the victory a “mandate to stop gun control” With an incredible majority in the House, any gun control legislation would basically need a lot of Republican support.
4.) Bloomberg. Outside of a “victory” in Washington State that we’ll get to later, it was not a good election for Michael Bloomberg’s “grassroots” campaigns. An editorial in the Washington Times lays out most of the losses, ranging from the losses in Colorado’s House and Senate (although the governor was re-elected by a “razor-thin” margin), to Everytown’s main targets winning their elections regardless.
Brietbart also pointed out how many pro-gun governors dominated their elections as well.
5.) Washington. As both the WA Times and Brietbart have noted, there was one part of the election where anti-gunners made a bit of headway. Washington state approved a law for “universal” background checks. (In other words, background checks for ALL gun purchases and transfers.) However, the bill was so complex that someone was able to make a labyrinthine flow chart regarding how not to break the new law.
Everytown, for its part, is promising that Washington was “just the beginning” and that they intend to bring the UBC hell to other states eventually.
6.) Drawbacks. It was not a complete sweep for gun rights this week. Aside from the action in Washington state, seats Democrats lost during the Colorado recall election are back in the hands of Democrats.
The Nation also had its spin on the elections under the title “It Was a Great Night for Gun Reform” (note the change from gun control to gun reform, by the way). The article points to the re-elections of governors in New York, Connecticut, and Colorado; as well as Susan Collins’ victory in Maine. (Collins voted for the Manchin-Toomey background check bill.)
Apparently, 4-5 victories is a great night for gun
reform control, even in the face of everything else.
7.) Safety. Outside of the electoral madness, a new Gallup survey says that six in ten Americans believe guns make homes safer. Only 30% of respondents said guns made homes more dangerous.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (AKA Handgun Control Inc.) criticized the survey, saying it was “troubled” by Gallup’s findings.
8.) State of Play. All of that in mind, what’s next? We know support for gun control has only gotten worse. We also have a new pro-Second Amendment group called ShallNot.org that is apparently backed in part by the Tenth Amendment Center.
More recently, however, a lawsuit in Connecticut seeks to overturn the firearm/mag bans. The NRA offered a “friend of the court brief” arguing against the bans, falling back on the US Supreme Court’s landmark Heller decision.
Also, as mentioned in point four, Bloomberg’s anti-gun groups have not had a good run as of late. This isn’t even including their inability to get a decent protest going.
There are really only two ways this can end now, with pro-gun advances at the state level, and a Republican surge at the Federal level. The first sees the gun control movement slowly dying out, eventually becoming a loud but easily-ignored minority. The second sees a deeply divided country, the kind of America secessionists claim bolster their arguments.
But one thing is certain: gun control doesn’t have much to stand on. With the Internet, the intentions (a total gun ban) and tactics (ranging from appeal to emotion, to SWATting, to outright slander) of the gun control movement are clear to anyone who is capable of doing baseline research. Attempts to use shootings to push legislation that even advocates admit has almost no chance of stopping gun violence. (Something even former Everytown execs admit as well.)
Gun control has had a horrid track record, and had a bad night this past Tuesday. Considering the trend against gun control, the formation of aggressive and no-holds-barred pro-gun groups, and the increasing inability of gun control groups to even get a basic protest underway of any significance, that is only a taste of what is to come.
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