The midterm elections were far from a blue wave. But for gun control proponents, it is enough for them to cash-in, and potentially pass the most extreme gun control in decades.
Gun control groups spent a combined total of $37 million going into the midterm elections, with much going to House races. In targeted races, they won big.
Indeed, Everytown was able to elect perhaps their biggest anti-gun champion who is sure to aggressively pursue their agenda.
Lucy McBath was elected in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District with the help of Everytown, who spent over $4 million in support of her candidacy. McBath previously served as the National Spokesperson for an Everytown affiliated organization.
This is one of dozens of races that flipped from Democrat to Republican, and allowed for Democrats to win back the House.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who will likely serve as Speaker of the House, quickly made it clear that gun control is one of their top items of their agenda.
“Because in this Congress, the one that we’re in right this minute, there is bipartisan legislation to have common sense background checks, to prevent guns going into the wrong hands,” Pelosi said in an interview.
Mike Thompson, the Democrat chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force mirrored Pelosi’s statement, telling the Wall Street Journal:
“This new majority is not going to be afraid of our shadow… We know that we’ve been elected to do a job, and we’re going to do it.”
In response to these statements, Big League Politics reached out to top gun rights activists, who have been leading the charge against gun control for decades.
While the National Rifle Association (NRA) is the most well known gun rights organization, both the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) have been around, often standing up against gun control even when the NRA wouldn’t.
Dudley Brown is the President of the NAGR, and has been fighting gun control, blocking any compromises, for his entire professional career.
The NAGR is credited with defeating the Manchin-Toomey gun control compromise of 2013, which would have outlawed private gun transfers.
Brown spoke exclusively with Big League Politics, explaining how his organization fully expects Democrats to push Clinton-era gun control bills, along with “red flag” laws. Their opposition to “red flag” laws put them in direct odds with the NRA, who support their passage.
“In predictable fashion, anti-gun Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi are already champing at the bit to further erode our Second Amendment rights.” Brown told Big League Politics.
“We fully expect them to introduce every form of failed Clinton-era gun control they can ram through the House of Representatives, and we’re ready to push back on their unconstitutional agenda. So-called ‘Red Flag’ gun confiscation and ‘assault weapons’ bans will most likely be their first choice.” Brown continued.
“Even though states like California and Maryland already has these crooked laws on the books, it didn’t stop deranged gunmen from murdering innocent victims in a dance hall and newsroom. How about we repeal deadly ‘gun free’ zones where all of these mass shootings take place?” Brown concluded.
Erich Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America mirrors the sentiments of Brown, stressing the importance of stopping proposals like “Red Flag” laws, which his organization calls “gun confiscation orders.”
“It’s the same sort of battle we fought in 2013, when you had many Republicans pushing a gun control compromise.” Pratt told Big League Politics. “But thankfully we were able to put on enough pressure to keep Republicans from quishing out.”
“We’re already seeing that some parts of the grassroots are becoming complacent, thinking that whatever Nancy Pelosi throws out will be stopped by the Senate and President. But that isn’t necessarily true,” Pratt continues.
“Republicans have a history of bending the knee to gun control. So we can’t outright say that gun control is dead because Republicans control the Senate,” he warns. “We’ve got a battle, and we must remain vigilant.”
So while many are thinking that gun control is off the table with Republicans having the Senate and White House, some of the major voices who have been fighting gun control for decades are less certain.
Big League Politics will continue to track gun control in the upcoming Congress.
Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse
At this Time, Cons
Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer, posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail.
In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”
This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.
Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”
She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”
The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”
Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”
Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”
At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.
It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks.
Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?
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