Everyone remembers Diane Feinstein’s rants against the right to bear arms in 2013. Well, the American people overwhelmingly overthrew incumbents and filled vacancies with pro-2nd Amendment senators in many of the states that had senators support gun control in 2013. The US Senate, after last night, is now 45 Democrats, 52 Republicans, with 3 still too close to call. Mark Begich of Alaska, a strong Gun Control advocate, was replaced by Dan Sullivan. In West Virginia, which has been traditionally Democratic and has had 3 Democrat anti-gun senators in recent years (Robert Byrd, Joe Manchin, and Jay Rockefeller), elected a pro-gun Republican for the first time in a very long time. Republican Shelly Moore Capito will serve as US Senator from West Virginia, defeating her opponent Natalie Tennant 62% to 34%. Both Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller were strong advocates for gun control in 2013. Other pro-gun winners are Tom Cotton, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst, Steve Daines, and Ben Sasse.
It appears many anti-gun congressmen were ousted. Republicans have a massive lead currently it is 244 Republican and 179 Democrats with some races still trickling in. The National Association for Guns Rights, the Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association are all ecstatic about the volume of their endorsements that won reelection or were newly elected. Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, Ted Yoho, Ron DeSantis, Paul Braun, Ken Buck, Rod Blum, Frank Guinta, Alex Mooney, Andy Harris, Dave Brat, and many many others.
After Newtown, Illinois governor Patt Quinn signed strict gun control measures into law, requiring background checks for all private firearm sales. Private sellers are now supposed to process transactions through a licensed dealer or law enforcement agency so that the background check occurs prior to the sale of the firearm. There is also a card requiring firearm owners to obtain prior to purchasing a firearm and the card (FOID Card) can only be issued if applicants pass criminal and mental health screenings. The passage of this law in 2013 caused Lewis Machine and Tool (LMT) to leave Illinois and relocate to Iowa. Well, Patt Quinn was defeated yesterday 51% to 46% by Bruce Rauner. And Rauner is pro gun, to a point where Patt Quinn continually beat him up in the press about not being tough enough on guns.
Republican Larry Hogan defeated Democrat Anthony Brown 54% to 45%. Maryland governor Martin O’Malley signed strict gun control measures in 2013 after the Newtown shooting. The law banned 45 types of “assault” weapons and limited magazines to 10 rounds. Larry Hogan was chosen by Marin O’Malley to be his successor, and O’Malley’s election machine was not enough to overtake Larry Hogan.
Greg Abbott, a pro-2nd Amendment advocate, defeated gun controller Wendy Davis 59%-39% for Texas governor. Asa Hutchinson beat Mike Ross for Arkansas governor 55% to 41%. Several pro-gun governors retained their seats like Nikki Haley from South Carolina, Rick Scott from Florida, Paul LePage from Maine, Scott Walker from Wisconsin, and Sam Brownback from Kansas. Many races are still too close to call, but even anti-gun Colorado and Connecticut governors Hickenlooper and Dan Malloy look like they are being given a run for their money.
New York Senate
After passing massive gun control measures in New York in 2013, one law requiring people to turn in their unregistered firearms, the people of New York did the unprecedented. They elected enough Republican senators to take over the New York Senate. While the New York Assembly and governorship are still under Democratic control, handing the New York Senate to the Republicans in a heavily Democratic state is a slap in the face to the anti-gun left.
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