NRA dealt blow in Washington, Colorado and Connecticut “gun control” victories

by John Presta  |  published on November 14, 2014

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National Rifle Association (NRA) suffered three setbacks last Tuesday on Election Day, as “gun control” ballot initiatives won overwhelmingly in the states of Washington, Colorado and Connecticut, reported the Christian Science Monitor. Additional blows were dealt to the NRA with the electoral victories of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D). Both proved that American governors can sign major gun-control legislation and survive at the ballot box. That is not the conventional wisdom that “gun control” advocates won something, in spite of the Republican victories across-the-board. However, this was a puzzling election since Democrats lost the U.S. Senate, but won on most of their pet issues, including minimum wage and the aforementioned “gun control” initiatives.

What this midterm campaign proved is that the NRA is no longer the only game in town on the issue of guns and the real meaning of the 2nd Amendment. The midterm election showed that statehouses can offer hope for renewed “gun control” reform laws, such as expanding background checks for gun buyers. During the past decade, statehouses have widely expanded gun and armed self-defense rights, such as extreme laws that cross the line in the state of Florida.

The “gun control” ballot initiative in the state of Washington eliminated the so-called gun show loophole – where private sales don’t require background checks. John Feinblatt, president of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, said “When Americans vote on public safety measures to prevent gun violence, gun safety wins,” said John Feinblatt, president of Mr. Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, in a statement. “The NRA might be able to intimidate Washington, D.C., and state legislators, but they don’t intimidate American voters.”

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