NRA Commentator Natalie Foster talks about what she tells her friends who are not necessarily gun friendly, when they ask her why she carries concealed.
I hope not.
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Warner leads Gillespie 53-31. Bearing Drift has the story here .Warner is benefitting from stronger support among Democrats than Gillespie has among Republicans, and strong support from independents. He also has significant support from Republicans.
In the latest mailing to Virginia gun owners, NRA-ILA calls out Mark Warner for his vote in April of 2014 that would have criminalized gun sales between lifelong friends and family members:
As the above graphic shows, NRA-ILA also reminds gun owners that Mark Warner has voted for every anti-gun U.S. Supreme Court nominee.
In their last mailing, NRA-ILA simply noted that GOP nominee Ed Gillespie would stop the Obama/Bloomberg gun ban agenda without any mention of Mark Warner. In this mailing, they have stepped up their support for Gillespie by calling out Warner for his voting record.
This race is still considered a safe Democrat seat. However, Warner has made the unusual move to agree to six joint appearances with Gillespie between now and the end of the campaign. Incumbents who are in races that polls show a double digit lead usually ignor their opponents. Be that as it may, Warner has agreed to meet Gillespie in two televised debates: on Oct. 7 in Fairfax County and on Oct. 13 in Richmond. They will also have four joint appearances: two in Northern Virginia in September (one of which was held yesterday), one in Danville in October and another TBA. It should be noted that in the four “joint appearances” the two candidates are unlikely to interact as they would in a debate.
In a Q&A that the Richmond Times Dispatch published this past Sunday, Warner told the paper that while he was a supporter of Second Amendment rights, he believes that “reasonable rules” should be passed to strengthen background checks.
Gun owners should do all they can to help Gillespie defeat Mark Warner. You find the closest Gillespie office to you by clicking here.
That’s the question the Washington Post asked in this article over the weekend:
In addition to airing TV ads in several states, the NRA blanketed its home state — the group’s headquarters is in Fairfax County — with direct-mail material touting Republican Ed Gillespie, the former lobbyist who is running against Sen. Mark R. Warner (D). Gillespie, the mailer says, is the antidote to the “Obama/Bloomberg gun control agenda.” And more are expected.
The ad could have unintended consequences for Gillespie, who secured the nomination in part by courting tea party conservatives but who is now trying to woo more-moderate general-election voters.
Gillespie risks alienating the electorate in vote-rich Northern Virginia who may be turned off by Second Amendment rhetoric, especially after mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.
As the article goes on the Post points out that in some parts of Virginia, that message may resonate but in others like Northern Virginia and Tidewater, they may alienate “moderate” voters that Gillespie needs to pull an upset. But the Post should know that the NRA is mailing that piece to friendly voters – either NRA members, or lists they have purchased or acquired of like minded voters like hunters. So, that flyer is likely not to have a negative impact on Gillespie.
However, Tom Gresham brought up a more important point on his radio program yesterday about the larger NRA ads hitting Michael Bloomberg, ads also discussed in the Post article. The ads in question start out talking about how “liberals” view our country then goes on to talk about Bloomberg and “elitists.” Gresham question if the term liberals might not turn off some people who are with us on gun rights.
Gresham is not the first to make this point. Shortly after this year’s NRA Annual Meeting this year, Sebastian over at Shall Not Be Questioned asked if NRA’s messaging was getting too doctrinaire conservative:
If we’re going to have long term security for this issue, it needs to be bipartisan. I believe the Republican Party may enjoy some short-term success over the next several years, if only because of overreach by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. But over the long-term, if the Republicans do not adjust their own message to be more palatable to younger voters, demographics will turn to the Democratic Party into the dominant party. And then what? Any strategy for preserving gun rights has to recognize that there are a lot of gun people out there who are not doctrinaire conservatives, and even liberals. I’m always surprised by how many liberal gun owners read this site.
I don’t presume to know more than NRA on this subject, but I do think both Gresham and Sebastian make good points.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Moms Demand Action would begin pressuring Kroger to ban firearms in their stores.
Yesterday, Townhall.com reported that Kroger has basically told Bloomberg’s astro-turf group to go pound sand:
So far, Kroger seems to being doing right by its customers. They have yet to cave to Bloomy’s intimidation tactics. Kroger has done exactly what a non-partisan business should do: They told a bunch of activist liberals that if guns are that big of a problem, the appropriate action should be taken with the city council, state legislature, or federal lawmakers. Not their local purveyor of milk and produce.
Good for Kroger.
That’s the summation of this article from yesterday’s Richmond Times Dispatch.
Since at least 1996, no Democrat has carried the 7th District in a statewide race for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general or U.S. senator — with the exception of former Gov. Mark R. Warner’s 2008 Senate victory over Republican Jim Gilmore.
And if you are looking for the last time the 7th District had a Democrat as a congressman, you have to go back to the 70″s. That doesn’t mean gun owners should take this for granted. Dave Brat‘s opponent, Jack Trammell, doesn’t even address the Second Amendment as one of the important issues on the campaign web site.
November 4th will see two elections taking place at once for the 7th District, a special election to replace Congressman Eric Cantor, who steps down today, and then the general election contest. Brat and Trammell face off for both and there will be a Libertarian on the General Election ballot as well.