Following the mid-term elections, much of the mainstream media tried to push their gun control agenda by focusing exclusively on gains made by U.S. House Democrats determined to roll back gun rights. But what was noticeably absent to the concealed carry community was the success of NRA-endorsed candidates.
The left’s so-called surging “blue wave” was supposed to sweep away Republicans backing Second Amendment CCW legislation such as national reciprocity and the Constitutional Carry movement adopted by a dozen states. Fortune went as far as to publish an article touting the gun control lobby reportedly outspending the NRA in the mid-term election by $2.4 million and yielding 95 seats for anti-Second Amendment politicians.
But the inherent problem in such anti-firearm propaganda is that it leaves out facts such as the NRA is the only major Second Amendment advocacy-funding organization and Democrats were expected to overwhelm conservatives based, in part, on their gun control platform.
The NRA reports that its endorsed candidates won at a rate of 80 percent in the U.S. House and 85 percent in state-level races. Even the left-leaning Bloomberg outlet confessed that NRA-backed candidates won 106 contests and its campaign contributions were under $2,000 in many cases. Still, the anti-gun media was quick to provide quotes and sound bites from groups such as the Gifford Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence that reportedly tweeted, “The NRA lost big last night.”
But in reality, NRA-supported concealed community candidates not only outpaced the anti-gun rights advocates, but they also appear to have changed the natural course of election history.
Demonizing both pro-gun Pres. Donald J. Trump, the NRA and firearm enthusiast in general, Democrats expected the election to sweep out the party holding the White House thoroughly. Consider, for a moment, that when Clinton and Obama retained the presidency in 1994 and 2010 respectively, GOP congressional candidate gains far exceeded those by the left in the 2018 mid-terms. Republicans also had far less financial resources at their disposal. But they did have NRA support.
Governorships are now only about equally split after the recent elections, and South Dakota is poised to join other Constitutional Carry states. In the U.S. Senate, the pro-gun majority not only remained intact, but Republicans also increased their ranks from 51 to 53. Anti-gun forces lost two seats, and that should serve as a stark wakeup call that the NRA endorsement holds sway.
The lead in the Senate and Pres. Trump’s support all but ensure that the left will be unable to push through federal legislation stripping Americans of their Second Amendment rights. Despite that reality, likely incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans a dog and pony show attacking gun owners for the next two years.
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