A staffer of an Arizona Democrat group admits that Democrat Senate candidate Mark Kelly is seeking to downplay his views on the Second Amendment until he secures election in November.
The canvassing activist for an Arizona Democratic Party-affiliated PAC all but admits that Kelly is tacitly deceiving Arizona voters on his Second Amendment views.
BREAKING PART 1: @CaptMarkKelly deceives AZ voters on true gun agenda
“I don’t think he’s fully been out there saying like 'I want a full gun control type measure"
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 5, 2020
The Mission for Arizona field organizer, Angelica Carpio, clarifies that “he wants to get elected first” before speaking of his policy positions on gun rights. Strangely, she says that she’s “defaming my campaign right now.”
“He’s trying to be elected and then he’ll implement the measures. You always can’t trust politicians.”
Why would you advocate for his election if you can’t trust him on his policy positions?
Carpio admits the campaign tactic is based upon sheer political calculations.
“I think he just wants to get those independents. He wants to get those Republicans that don’t trust Trump anymore, and one of their main issues is guns.”
Kelly has gone completely dark on his policy views on guns. Arizona is one of the most pro-Second Amendment states in the country, and Kelly’s “Gun Safety” page on his website is extremely light on concrete policy proposals.
Kelly formerly was a leader of gun control group Giffords PAC, a group that promoted broad anti-gun rights policies such as “assault weapons ban.” The owner of an Arizona firearms company denied him when he tried to purchase an AR-style rifle in 2013, pointing out that Kelly was seeking to buy the rifle as a liberal stunt intended to show that buying rifles is too easy.
It will be critical for incumbent Republican Senator Martha McSally to confront Kelly on his gun policy views, forcing the well-funded stealth Democrat to admit if he supports so-called assault weapons bans and other gun control measures before the people of Arizona vote in the critical Senate election.
In Republican-Controlled Wyoming, A Gun Rights Group is Now being Forced to Reveal its Donors
Violation of privacy.
The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office is cracking down on a pro-Second Amendment organization by forcing it to reveal its donors. This move was spurred by a campaign that Wyoming Gun Owners launched last summer in which it attacked a number of incumbent elected officials in races across the state.
In a letter that the office published on October 14, 2020 Wyoming Gun Owners allegedly did follow the state’s campaign finance law.
The organization pulled off a number victories by unseating incumbent lawmakers last summer and has released advertisement targeting various candidates in the elections on November 3, which includes Riverton Republican Ember Oakley and Democrat Britney Wallesch.
The pro-Second Amendment organization has been around Wyoming politics for some time and publicly disclosed that it is paying for advertisements. However, its lack of registry with the state as either a lobbying organization or a political action committee runs afoul of state guidelines.
“The Secretary of State’s Office has reviewed the advertisements paid for by WYGO and determined that they are clearly electioneering communications,” the letter stated. “As such, WYGO failed to comply with the requirements set forth in Wyo. Stat. § 22-25-106(h).”
It wasn’t until a few months ago that the group’s activities have not been reported within the state government. The Wyoming government cannot initiate the investigation on electioneering activity allegations unless someone files a formal complaint.
An initial complaint was first reported by the Riverton Ranger newspaper earlier this month. It did not gather any further steam because it was lacking in evidence to support the allegations. Subsequently, a second complaint with proper documentation was filed with the state not too long after, which prompted the Secretary of State to take action.
Wyoming Gun Owners now has until November 4 to disclose the names of its donors or be slapped with a $500 fine.
If the group refuses to follow the state’s order, the case will then be kicked to the Wyoming Attorney General, according to secretary of state spokesperson Monique Meese.
“Then we take their advice about what to do going forward,” she stated.
State Senator Anthony Bouchard founded Wyoming Gun Owners almost a decade ago. Nowadays, it is run by various members of the Dorr Family, who operate a network of pro-gun organizations pushing for pro-Second Amendment policies.
Aaron Dorr, Wyoming Gun Owners’ executive director, has had public disputes with elected officials such as Senate Vice President Ogden Driskill, who has repeatedly criticized the organization’s tactics during the 2020 election cycle.
The pro-gun organization bolstered its reputation by killing a firearm reporting bill in 2019 sponsored by former Campbell County Sheriff and current State Representative Bill Pownall. Wyoming Gun Owners ran ads supporting Bill Fortner, Pownall’s opponent. Throughout these ad blasts, Pownall was depicted as anti-gun. Fortner ended up winning in a landslide.
Such a case shows how even Republican governments will go out of their way to prop up incumbents and infringe on the privacy rights of organizations that wish to restore freedoms such as the Second Amendment. Just because politicians have an “R”s beside their name does not guarantee that they will protect individuals’ rights.
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