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Democrats and guns

In PA, it’s win-win:

No matter who wins Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, the National Rifle Association probably won’t be complaining.

On gun issues, Republican Sen. Rick Santorum and Democrat Bob Casey Jr. could be twins.

Santorum earned an A-plus and an endorsement from the NRA – whose leaders campaigned with him yesterday. Casey got an A, the highest mark for a nonincumbent.

Good.

13 Responses to “Democrats and guns”

  1. emdfl Says:

    The difference is that Casey will vote with the democrats on any bill that Pelosi says “jump”.

  2. countertop Says:

    Pelosi has no control whatsoever over Casey.

    He’s in the Senate she’s in the House. Their offices are a good 45 minute walk apart from each other.

    Top D in the Senate, Harry Reid has certainly stood up to the liberals on gun issues before (not to mention Bob Casey Sr.’s distinguished record of standing up to liberals on both guns and baby killing).

  3. Stormy Dragon Says:

    Good for Republicans (like me) who can’t stand Santorum. Casey is such a conservative Democrat that pulling the D lever for him will be very easy.

  4. Captain Holly Says:

    It depends on what legislation is coming up. I have a hard time believing that Casey would vote against an AW Ban renewal or a .50 Cal ban, especially if there were a Media frenzy from a Columbine-style shooting and the House had already passed it. I have an even harder time believing that Reid would stand up to the Left Wing of his party if he becomes Majority Leader, since he’ll owe alot of his power to them.

    Pro-gun Democrats usually do the right thing on the local level (see Breseden, Richardson), but when they get to Washington they find out the Left is in charge and they have to “go along to get along”.

  5. John Lott Says:

    From watching Casey in debates over the years (e.g., when he ran against Rendell for governor), unfortunately I don’t believe that Casey feels anywhere near as passionately about the issue as Santorum. I think that Captain Hoy is correct. Even more importantly, a Casey win will mean that the Democrats will control the ability to schedule hearings and votes.

  6. Xrlq Says:

    I have similar concerns about Allen vs. Webb here in VA. Webb seems to be a decent guy on gun issues, but I can’t see him bucking his party and pushing the national CCW bill Allen has been championing thus far. I can see Casey voting for it, though.

  7. Stormy Dragon Says:

    Casey has explictly said he’s opposed to an AW ban.

  8. Ron W Says:

    Part of the citizen disarmament agenda is to continue to use the perjorative, bigotted term “assault weapons”, the AW ban, to refer to semi-auto wepaons that are effective for self-defense.

    Weapons for the tactic of military assault are full-auto which have been prohibited since 1934 without an expensive and intrsuive federal permit. About the only “assault weapons on the street” are those being carried by militarized police with helmets and bullet-proof vests–supposedly being for protection against terrorists, but they can’t carry’em on the borders where we KNOW they’re coming in!!! Meanwhile, some politicians want to disarm us–to keep us safe!! Yeah, right!!

  9. emdfl Says:

    I stand corrected. I ‘ll belive his votes when I see them… Good luck on that one.

  10. Captain Holly Says:

    Even more importantly, a Casey win will mean that the Democrats will control the ability to schedule hearings and votes.

    That’s the Big Chalupa, the Holy Grail of controlling one or both houses of Congress: You get to set the agenda. And there’s simply no way, NO WAY, a Speaker Pelosi or a Majority Leader Reid will schedule votes on bills to repeal DC’s gun law or reform the BATFE or recognize a right to self-defense, assuming these bills even make it out of Democrat-controlled committees.

    The ABSOLUTE BEST gun owners can hope for from a Democrat-controlled Congress is that nothing bad passes within the next two years. The only way that can happen is if all these moderate Democrats are willing to stand up to their party leadership and refuse to go along. That’s a heckuva alot to ask from freshmen reps and senators who have very little influence and pull with party leadership to begin with.

    If you vote Democrat this fall, you’re voting for gun control. That’s the reality; you might as well accept it now so you won’t be disappointed later.

  11. Stormy Dragon Says:

    >If you vote Democrat this fall, you’re voting for gun control. That’s the reality; you might
    >as well accept it now so you won’t be disappointed later.

    Mom, I can’t sleep! There’s a Democrat hiding under the bed! WAAAHHH!!!

  12. tgirsch Says:

    Stormy:
    Good for Republicans (like me)

    Hey, I thought you were a libertarian! When did that change?

  13. Stormy Dragon Says:

    Pennsylvania has closed primaries, so registering Libertarian would be kinda pointless.