With gun control issues on the ballot in four states, and concerns about who wins the White House, Second Amendment activists need to turn out in massive numbers and vote as a bloc in order to protect the Supreme Court and stop what they feel is an erosion of the right to keep and bear arms.
The Washington Post on Monday detailed the four measures. They include so-called “universal background check” requirements in Nevada and Maine, Washington’s “emergency protection order” initiative that is even raising alarms with the ACLU, and a California proposal requiring background checks for ammunition purchases. This is what happens, say critics, when a constitutionally-protected civil right is treated like a government-regulated privilege.
While the newspaper noted that such measures as background checks “are widely supported by the public, in principle,” one is compelled to wonder just how far gun owners will be pushed before they react dramatically.
The Washington Post story acknowledged that the gun prohibition lobby is spending mountains of money, eclipsing all the money being raised by opponents of the measures. In Washington, it does not appear that any has been spent at all opposing the emergency order disarmament initiative.
Meanwhile, the presidential polling is all over the place, essentially putting the Second Amendment on the ballot in all 50 states.
Rasmussen Reports has Hillary Rodham Clinton up by 2 percentage points, while the Los Angeles Times poll has Donald Trump ahead by 5 points. However, the Times also has a poll that says 52 percent of the respondents believe Clinton will win while only 33 percent think Trump will be victorious.
Over the weekend, FBI Director James Comey essentially cleared Clinton in the agency’s second probe of e-mails, but that may only infuriate conservatives to turn out even stronger.
Trump could still win, but it might take a miracle, with several key states falling in line, according to various pundits. There appears to be little question about the differences one will see on the federal courts depending upon who wins the election.
But pundits cast a single vote, same as anyone else, and votes are what count.
The “mainstream press” has been seriously damaged by an in-the-bag appearance of its own making. Will the public ever again consider the media to be fair and objective?
The “gun vote” will either devastate the pollsters, or affirm once and for all that gun owners have lost the will or gumption to even fill out a ballot, claiming that it doesn’t count. The only vote that doesn’t count is the one that isn’t cast.