You are seeing more candidates at the margin like Fitzpatrick who will come out and be champions of the cause. I think this election cycle is a proof point that more will be doing that in the future.
October 25, 2018
Co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Gun control, once a third rail, now a key issue as Democrats seek to control House
[I find it interesting how anti-gun people talk about the future versus how pro-gun people do. This is Chris Cox of NRA-ILA on September 5th:
The fate of our freedom hangs in the balance in this November’s elections for the U.S. Senate. The good news is that gun owners can once again make the difference in the fight for our rights. The bad news is that if we don’t—if we just sit on the sidelines and leave the battle to others—we will lose our rights for generations to come.
There is no question that our liberties are at stake on November 6th.
The Democrat leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives has become completely radicalized when it comes to the Second Amendment. Our constitutional freedoms are standing in the way of the extreme big government control that these anti-gun politicians want to impose.
Add that to the unbridled hatred that many on the left have for President Donald Trump, and it could not be clearer for NRA members and gun owners that we have to do everything we can to protect our pro-gun majority in Congress.
The threat is stark. Current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is an outspoken opponent of the Second Amendment. If Democrats take control of the House, Pelosi would return as Speaker. Her key lieutenants, Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and James Clyburn (D-S.C.), stand shoulder-to-shoulder with her in their support of gun control.
This difference isn’t just for this election cycle. This is typical.
The anti-gun people always say, paraphrasing, “This election is going to be the turning point and we will win.”
The NRA always say, paraphrasing, “This sky is falling! Give us money! Vote for your gun rights!”
I suspect part of the difference is that the NRA is far more experienced in politics. But more importantly the anti-gun people, for all intents and purposes, don’t have any grassroots members to talk to. They are talking to the media. The NRA has millions of members and they are talking to their members telling them what they can do to make a difference.
This year, do your part to make that difference.—Joe]