What Alabama Senate Loss Really Means To Gun Voters ~ VIDEO

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What Alabama Senate Loss Really Means To Gun Voters

Buckeye, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- The dominant media industry is touting the election of a Democrat in Alabama’s special election as a “shocking blow” to the Trump administration and to Donald Trump personally.

They suggest that this really raises questions about Republicans’ ability to hold onto their narrow Senate majority in 2018, and basically proves that everyone really hates Donald Trump, and as long as he’s president, Republicans can’t win.

That may be wishful thinking.

Whether you believed the allegations against Moore were credible or not, this race wasn’t about politics or policies or even guilt or innocence. This election was about credibility, and the voters of Alabama thought the accusers were more credible than Moore was, and they voted accordingly.

You might have noticed that sexual harassment became a big deal in recent weeks, and any credible accusation of sexual harassment, abuse, or other sexual misconduct is being taken much more seriously than it was just a few years ago – or even just a few months ago.

Had the accusations come out earlier, before the primaries, or at least before the deadline for replacing a candidate's name on the ballot, the results may have been dramatically different.

As it was, Moore only lost by about one percentage point, and that’s pretty incredible given the gravity of the accusations and Moore’s clumsy response to them.

An establishment Republican would have easily won that seat, but a hard-line, anti-establishment Republican like Moore, would have won in a landslide, had it not been for the accusations. So the fact that Moore lost only reflects on Trump to the extent that it was probably a bad idea for him to dive back into the race.

The really surprising statistic out of this race was the participation of black voters, who turned out for white Democrat Doug Jones in greater numbers than turned out for Barack Obama in either of his elections. That’s a pretty shocking statistic.

It can only be explained by assuming that Obama and the Democrats basically ignored the heavily Republican state, making no serious effort at registering and turning out black voters, since they knew there was no way they could swing the state, while Jones’s team had a monumental outreach program into the black community, bringing in popular African American politicians and celebrities to get people involved.

But what does all of this mean to the balance in the Senate now and going forward? Not much really.

Republicans had a two-vote majority, 52-48, and now they have a one-vote majority, 51-49. There was some faint hope that Republicans might be able to capture a filibuster-breaking supermajority of 60 seats. That's still a possibility, but losing an assumed-safe seat doesn't help. Neither did having two Republican senators declare that they are retiring. Incumbents usually have a significant advantage, so an open seat is never as good a bet.

There are 33 seats up for election next November, plus a special election for Al Franken’s seat – if he actually follows through with his pledge to resign. (I suspect he's still hoping to somehow weather the storm.)

Of those 33 Senate seats, 25 seats are currently held by Democrats (including two Independents who caucus and vote with the Democrats).

Those are pretty good odds for the Republicans, but it gets better. Of the eight Republican-held seats up for election, seven are in states won handily by Donald Trump, as are 10 of the 25 Democrat-held seats. That's a pretty solid advantage, but to get to the magic number of 60 seats, Republicans would have to retain all of their current seats, and they would have to win 9 out of 10 of those red-state Democrat seats. That's a pretty tall order and there's not much chance Republicans can pull it off.  

The Arizona seat being vacated by Jeff Flake, would normally be a safe Republican bet, but the Democrats have fallen in behind an attractive candidate, while Republicans are building up to what could be a bruising primary season. Nevada's Republican-held seat is also in doubt. Hillary Clinton won the state, thanks to Las Vegas, and Senator Dean Heller managed to anger both Democrats and Republicans back home, with his waffling on the Republican healthcare bill.

On the Democrat side, only five or six seats are at serious risk. Republicans had better win at least a couple of those as a cushion for their tenuous majority. In the end, we will probably see Republicans retaining the majority, but falling well short of the 60-seat dream.

For GunVoters all of this means we will probably get more of the same going forward, with pro-rights legislation dead on arrival in the Senate, as Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) will be sure to filibuster anything that is offered.

The only light of hope in the Senate is that the Democrats chose the “nuclear option” to do away with the 60-vote majority rule on cabinet and lower court appointees a few years ago. Republicans followed suit on Supreme Court nominees this year, and that means that as long as Republicans have at least a 1-vote majority, or even a 50/50 split, with Vice President Pence casting the deciding vote, Trump can continue to appoint judges who abide by the Constitution.

But if Democrats manage to get 51 seats in 2018, all progress in the courts will run right into a brick wall. I can easily see Schumer and company blocking all judicial appointments – especially any Supreme court nomination. The majority in the Senate has total control over confirmation of judges and justices.

That's why a Republican Senate majority is important to GunVoters.

Both parties will be spending heavily on Senate races next year, because that control over judicial appointments is so crucial. GunVoters need to be out in force to keep the Senate in nominally gun-friendly hands. We might not be able to get the legislation we want, but if we can’t get the courts back into Constitution-friendly hands, gun-friendly legislation won’t matter.

Jeff Knox
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About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

  • 6 thoughts on “What Alabama Senate Loss Really Means To Gun Voters ~ VIDEO

    1. It is amazing and against our laws to convict people in the fake news media rather than the court. Liberals are following the same trails of communism takeover that have been used in the past. We need to stop them from destroying us. Socialism is only good until the money runs out.

    2. more would have won if you counted the write in votes for strange or that other marine .he lost by the margin of write ins .dirty politics and unsubstantiated rumors and allegations won the day over the rule of law and common sense .the accusers have had 40 years to destroy mores political career and instead of doing it earlier they waited till their was 4 week till the election .why ?

    3. I think the problem with both parties are the candidates they provide for election. They should be searching far and wide for people of stature and a true representative for and by the people and not some party affiliate, cronies, or relatives owed a favor. The candidates should have had every aspect of their background scoured for the type of behavior and legal/illegal activities before being able to represent a party.

        1. For once, I agree with you… although that fact in itself sickens me.

          The FACTS are important. Like the fact that no charges were ever filed (and no claims were even issued for four decades!)… the police were never notified… no investigation was ever conducted… no evidence was ever presented to police… one woman finally admitted that she forged part of the supposed “evidence” that she provided to the media [but not to police]… all four women had questionable pasts (one worked in Clinton campaign, one was an unhappy participant in a divorce case that Moore presided over, etc) so all four had very strong reasons to falsely accuse Moore, without ANY corroborating evidence… the highly-suspicious timing of the allegations (right before an election) stinks…

          You know… such factual things as truth… which demands that any case against Moore be properly adjudicated in a court. NOT blindsiding Moore in the media or in public opinion (a tactic that only desperate and despicable liberals resort to).

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