Democrat Senate Candidates Tell Gabby Giffords’ Anti-Gun Group to Stay Out of Their Elections
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Even Democrats in several states can see the writing on the wall in regards to gun control and are attempting to distance themselves from gun control groups.
According to the Washington Times,
When the gun control advocacy group led by the former congresswoman from Arizona threw its support behind several endangered Senate Democrats in Western and Southern states, the candidates carefully moved to distance themselves from the affable Ms. Giffords and boasted about their strident defense of Second Amendment rights.
The message was clear: Thanks, but no thanks.
The candidates — Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in Louisiana, Sen. Kay R. Hagan in North Carolina and Rep. Bruce L. Braley, vying for Iowa’s open Senate seat — have tried to avoid the gun debate in key races that will determine whether their party keeps its majority in the U.S. Senate.
“Democrats are doing everything they can to stay away from it,” said Denver-based pollster and political analyst Floyd Ciruli. “To the extent that any advertising from the gun control forces got out there, I think Udall would be very nervous that there’s more downside risk than upside.”
Democrats may be scared of a repeat of the 1994 elections in which Republicans took overwhelming control of Congress following the passage of the federal “assault weapons” ban passed earlier that year.
As I’ve said before, this year’s midterm elections could be the most important election in regards to gun rights in history. There is no question that Democrats would make another run (and likely succeed) at passing gun control if they could gain control of Congress.