Ed Schultz attacks another box of freedom
Massachusetts Senate vote about more than just health care
Scott Brown, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Mass.
The national political landscape has been (apparently) shaken by Republican Scott Brown’s improbable U.S. Senate victory over Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachussetts. Amidst the cheering and congratulations, we gun owners need to ask ourselves what this means as far as our right to keep and bear arms is concerned.
True, Coakley is a committed enemy of that. Here’s what the Bradys had to say:
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence today endorsed Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in the special election for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by the late Edward M. Kennedy, calling her election critical because her opponent has become beholden to the National Rifle Association and other gun extremists.
So how beholden and extreme is Scott Brown? From “On the Issues”:
* Rep. Brown indicated he supports the following principles concerning gun issues:Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
* Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
* Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
* Require a license for gun possession.
Source: Massachusetts State Legislative Election 2002 NPAT Nov 1, 2002
The last three points are identical to the Brady’s “extreme” position. Brown evidently has evolved and come around in the past eight years, but I confess I’m in the dark on this, as I don’t know why Gun Owners Action League felt he merited an “A+” rating. Perhaps someone can enlighten us all with documentation that either his former positions were inaccurately stated or he’s since repudiated them.
I don’t want to rain on everybody’s parade, but I think gun owners will be right at this point to breathe sigh of relief but keep their enthusiasm in check. True, we dodged a bullet, no question. But how will Senator Brown now handle our trust? The thing I noticed about his victory speech last night that most raises my concern is this:
I go to Washington as the representative of no faction or interest, answering only to my conscience and to the people.
Only? Answer to the Constitution, Mr. Senator-elect. If you do that, we’ll get along just fine.
One last note, tangentially related to all this: Thanks to a heads-up find by “LaRue Tactical” over at AR15.com, we learn the proprietors at Atlantic Research Marketing Systems, makers of firearms accessories and gun sights, donated $1,000 to Coakley in a previous campaign. Those of you attending the SHOT Show, going on right now in Las Vegas, might want to stop by their booth and ask them why.
See you this afternoon…
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