Saturday, September 27, 2014

Joe Manchin Said He Supported The Second Amendment, Too

Democrats running for the US Senate from red states love to say they are for the Second Amendment.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he was for gun rights, boasted he was endorsed by the NRA, and even showed himself shooting a rifle at the "cap and trade" bill. That was in 2010. In 2013, he introduced a bill that would "only add gun checks to online sales and gun shows." That was a myth among many other problems.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) said she supported the Second Amendment in 2008 when she won against a lackluster Liddy Dole in the Obama landslide. That didn't stop her from voting for Manchin-
Toomey in 2013 along with gun prohibitionists like Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the late Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

Now comes Kentucky Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes who is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). She said she disagrees with Obama on guns, coal, and the EPA. She even ran an ad showing herself at the skeet range. She even chides McConnell's waving a Kentucky long rifle a'la Charlton Heston at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting saying, "That's not the way you hold a gun."

Then she was a guest on the Kentucky Sports Radio show in which she said was for the Second Amendment but supported closing the mythical "gun show loophole."

I'm sorry but if you say you support closing the non-existent "gun show loophole" (sic) then that means you support universal background checks. Answering a question about whether you'd support banning any guns by saying "I support the Second Amendment" is nothing more than obfuscation. You want to appear gun friendly but you are supporting exactly the same thing as Bloomberg, Watts, and the rest.

Mitch McConnell is not my favorite Republican. I think what he's done to undercut the non-establishment wing of the Republican Party is stupid politics. However, I vote the Second Amendment and he supports gun rights. I am also well aware that we are but one Supreme Court justice away from seeing Heller and McDonald overturned. The only way to ensure Obama doesn't get a chance to seat another Kagan or Sotomayor on the Supreme Court is with a Republican-majority Senate. If Grimes wins, that isn't going to happen.

UPDATE: Alison Lundergan Grimes' support for closing the non-existent gun show loophole gets a "hallelujah" from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (sic).
Can we get a "hallelujah"? Thank you Alison Lundergan Grimes, for good old fashioned common sense.
We were told growing up that we are known by our friends. If these are her friends, well.....


  1. They are saying ANYTHING they think will get them votes in Nov... Tell the truth??? I doubt it...

  2. I think Mitch McConnell personifies everything that is wrong with the legacy GOP. I voted for his opponent in the primary. But I wouldn't pee on Grimes if she were on fire...and I believe that her pants, at least, already are.

    Thing is, she isn't trying to position herself as an option for the pro-gun rights crowd. We get it, and aren't about to vote for her. But she's only trying to appear "not anti-gun" enough to swing the uninformed "moderate" voter...which might work.