Gunning for Votes
It wasn’t long ago that the current front runner of the Democratic presidential primary, Vermont senator and self described Democratic Socialist, Bernie Sanders defended gun owners from high handed, city slicker elites. Back in 2015, Sanders told National Public Radio: “I think that urban America has got to respect what rural America is about, where 99% of the people in my state who hunt are law abiding people.”
What a difference four years and a crowd of hungry competitors makes. Sanders, who once supported the five million member National Rifle Association, now brags that, "I have a D-minus rating from the NRA.”
Dana Loesch, former spokeswoman for the NRA, tells Inside Washington that she’s concerned by the leftward lurch of the Democratic Party on gun rights. The last Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, proudly campaigned alongside of the president of the NRA. Now? Loesch tells IW, “The selection of Democratic candidates is worrying. These are people who support penalizing law-abiding gun owners.” The 41-year-old mother of two, who boasts a personal gun range at her Texas home, points out that, “Law-abiding gun owners take the issues seriously because we care.”
And care they do. As a voting matter, gun rights advocates have, historically, been more motivated at the polling booth on the gun issue than supporters of stricter gun laws.
That may change this year, but not before presidential hopeful, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes his shot. The billionaire just unleashed a new fusillade, this week, charging that, “The NRA paved the road to Washington for Bernie Sanders.” November is a long way away