This Many Anti-Gun Dems Won House Seats
The midterm elections are now officially over and both sides have enjoyed roughly equal measures of wins and losses. While many have taken this as an opportunity to search for common ground, others see it as a reason to double down on the kinds of weaponized politics we have seen throughout 2018.
And with the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh in the rearview, the next two years promise to be especially contentious. Now that we know how low they are willing to sink to protect the pro-abortion agenda, we should expect no less when it comes to the left’s intense desire to rob you of the ability to defend yourself and your loved ones.
Both Democrats and Republicans spent heavily to win seats to hold ground on the topic of the second amendment. While both sides have held ground, according to the NRA, more than 24 pro-gun representatives will not be returning their seats in Congress. Democrats, on the other hand, have gained no fewer than 17 gun control advocates.
The new Democratic majority includes several dozen gun control supporting politicians, including Lucy McBath whose son was fatally shot in 2012. Her campaign was run on the issue of gun control and she is certain to have strong support on that agenda.
In the house, at least 17 Democrats have been elected who support stricter gun control regulation. This number includes Elaine Luria, Jennifer Wexton, and Abigail Spanberger, all of whom defeated Republican incumbents who were supported by the NRA. Democrat Jason Crow defeated Republican Mike Coffman in Colorado. Coffman had more than $37,000 in contributions from the NRA.
Gabby Gifford is the well-known survivor of an assassination attempt on January of 2012. She has become an effective advocate for stricter gun control measures and has formed her own political action group. The executive director of Gifford’s PAC, Peter Ambler said, “We endorsed well over 300 people in the country and won most of those races. We were across the map. It wasn’t a niche local issue. We were on the offensive in blue, red and purple states.”
Desperate to win seats in both the house and in Congress, spending on Democrat campaigns went through the roof this year and the gun control issue was a driving force behind their efforts. At the same time, spending by the NRA was down. Gifford’s PAC spent just under $5 million this year in support of stricter gun control measures.
Another PAC, “Everytown for Gun Safety,” founded by the former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, promised to spend no less than $30 million this year. They surpassed that amount and went on to contribute to a number of Democrat, anti-gun candidates. The president of Everytown, John Feinblatt said, “It’s clear that gun issues are no longer abstract. Mass shooting after mass shooting has left an indelible mark on Americans, and this explains the success of our candidates in the House.”
A survey conducted by the Associated Press reports that as much as 61% of voters who responded to the survey support tougher gun control laws. By contrast, the same report says that just 8% of respondents support second amendment protections. Further, 84% of respondents who support Democrat candidates said they also support anti-gun laws and 34% of respondents who supported Republican candidates also claimed to support stricter gun control measures.
Kris Brown, the co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said, “There is new energy behind the gun issue.” Feinblatt said, “Two years ago, you couldn’t run on gun safety in the West and Southwest. This year, people ran on gun safety and won. All the indication from public polling and our polling suggests that the NRA had a bad year. Their grades used to be king maker. Not anymore.”
On the 8th of November, after her win, Lucy McBath tweeted, “This win is just the beginning. We’ve sent a strong message to the entire country. Absolutely nothing – no politician & no special interest – is more powerful than a mother on a mission.”
While we can give many of these candidates and their supporters the benefit of the doubt and assume their hearts are in the right place- that they only want to protect people from violence, we know well that this country is under direct assault by people and powers who wish to see the United States drained of its strength and dissolved. We also know that history makes it clear that the disarming of a population always precedes a genocide.