Maryland –-(Ammoland.com)- In a perfect world, the only thing that really matters is how a legislator votes on gun rights, political party affiliation and motivation are lesser consequence.
Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world and sometimes we need to work with what we have.
Even those who don't believe in gun control but still vote against us can sometimes be helpful. By working behind the scenes, they can sometimes remove or modify egregious provisions in legislation before it becomes law.
Likewise, legislators who belong to the majority party are more likely to have sufficient credibility within their party to influence the course of events.
As a general rule:
If all of the incumbents and candidates are Pro-2A:
- An incumbent has more experience and has established a network which makes the incumbent more effective.
- If 2A ratings are equal: Support the incumbent.
- If ratings are not equal, even if the challenger has a higher rating, support the pro-2A incumbent. You cannot expect loyalty from an incumbent when the incumbent knows that the 2A community will abandon the incumbent for a louder, but as yet unelected, challenger.
If there is no pro-2A incumbent, or an anti-2A incumbent:
- Support the Pro-2A challenger who is most electable. The “firebrand” pro-2A legislators may appeal to the 2A community, but they generally are generally less likely to be elected, except in certain rural districts. Remember: Overall, gun owners are only about 40% of the state population.
- “Firebrand” 2A legislators are generally less effective in passing legislation than their quiet pro-2A colleagues. Remember, we need the help of moderate and neutral legislators to pass good gun rights legislation.
If the incumbent is a Anti-2A Senator, and has a Pro-2A challenger(s):
- An anti-2A incumbent is a clear sign of a non-2A friendly electorate.
- Vote for the most electable Pro-2A challenger (remember the power of the incumbency and “Firebrand” concepts previously noted).
If the incumbents are Anti-2A Delegates, and have a Pro-2A challenger(s):
- Voting districts can have from 1 to 3 Delegates, depending on the district.An anti-2A incumbent is a clear sign of a non-2A friendly electorate.
- Vote for the single most electable Pro-2A challenger, especially if the challenger's name appears before other challengers on the ballot. This concept makes it more likely that at least one of the anti-2A incumbents will be defeated.
If all of the incumbents, and all of the challengers are Anti-2A:
- All anti-2A incumbents is a clear sign of a very non-2A friendly electorate.
- Do not vote for incumbents (remember the power of the incumbency previously noted).
- Vote for the least Anti-2A Senate challenger.
- Vote for the single least Anti-2A Delegate challenger, even when you can vote for more than one challenger. If no information on the candidate(s)exists, vote for the challenger whose name appears first.
This concept makes it more likely that at least one of the Anti-2A incumbents will be defeated.
Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc. (AGC), located in Marriottsville, Maryland. The Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc. was formed on July 1, 1944 when a number of World War II veterans in the Baltimore, Maryland area began looking for a place for recreational and competitive shooting. They organized with several other Baltimore area shooting clubs to form the “AGC” Visit: www.associatedgunclubs.org