Did yesterday’s five-state primary sweep by New York businessman and GOP front-runner Donald Trump signal to conservatives, and especially American gun owners who are justifiably alarmed by Hillary Clinton’s open threats of war on the Second Amendment, finally signal that it is time to rally around “The Donald?”
Trump’s better-than-anticipated wins in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island is all the talk this morning. Clinton’s four-out-of-five finish appears something of an anti-climax, pushing her even closer to securing the Democrat nomination. But Trump’s blowout wins, according to Politico this morning, put him “on a trajectory that could land him more Republican votes than any presidential candidate in modern history – by a lot.”
Clinton reinforced her gun prohibitionist credentials the other day when she told Rachel Maddow during an MSNBC Town Hall event, “The Democrats have decided they will be led by Chuck Schumer, and Chuck Schumer has been one of the most effective legislators in taking on the gun lobby. He and I worked together to get the Brady Bill passed way back in my husband’s administration…”
So, as First Lady back in 1993, she worked with Schumer, a career politician who never met a gun control law he didn’t like, to pass a law that has essentially forced gun owners to get government permission before exercising a civil right, critics say. Schumer will take over if Democrats win the Senate, she explained.
“The Democrats have decided they will be led by Chuck Schumer, and Chuck Schumer has been one of the most effective legislators in taking on the gun lobby.”—Hillary Clinton at MSNBC Town Hall
Conservative gun owners who have vowed to never vote for Trump may have to start thinking what the country will be like with Hillary in the Oval office. As this column noted yesterday, it may come down to a decision based on keeping Hillary out. Of course the process isn’t over, yet.
Democrats also want to take the House of Representatives. One of those would-be members surfaced in Washington State earlier this week. Former sportscaster Tony Ventrella will challenge veteran Congressman Dave Reichert, the former King County sheriff, who now represents the 8th Congressional District that runs from Eatonville to Ellensburg in the south and Orting to the Okanogan County line on the north. It includes Issaquah, North Bend, Snoqualmie, Cle Elum, Maple Valley, Chelan, Kent, Cashmere, Leavenworth and a lot of real estate in between.
According to the Seattle P-I.com, Ventrella may have a tough time appealing to voters east of the mountains because of his position on gun control. On his campaign website, Ventrella states, “I believe assault weapons and other weapons of war have no place in a civilized society. Connecticut has a good policy, others should follow. I’m not anti-gun nor anti-hunting but some common sense is needed when interpreting our second amendment (sic). Underlying all of this is a need to identify mental health issues in people seeking gun licenses.”
“Gun licenses?” In Washington State? People need a concealed pistol license to carry a concealed handgun but under state statute they don’t even need one of those while “engaging in a lawful outdoor recreational activity such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or horseback riding, only if, considering all of the attendant circumstances, including but not limited to whether the person has a valid hunting or fishing license, it is reasonable to conclude that the person is participating in lawful outdoor activities or is traveling to or from a legitimate outdoor recreation area…” And they can always open carry, which is legal in Washington, and no license is required for that, either.
Ventrella promises to “represent the entire district.” Except, apparently, those residents – and there are a lot of them – who own AR15-type modern sport-utility rifles for hunting, target and recreational shooting, competition and predator control, and who understand that the Second Amendment is not about hunting; the people he hopes “that we can at least grow to understand one another.” Gun owners in the 8th District probably understand Ventrella pretty well.
According to the Seattle Times, Ventrella doesn’t currently live in the 8th District. He lives in Newcastle, which dropped out when the lines were re-drawn. Ventrella told the newspaper he will move into the district if he wins.
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