Massachusetts/Iowa/New Hampshire – -(AmmoLand.com)- Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the first big-name Democrat to announce the formation of an exploratory committee for a possible run for President Trump. She isn’t the first to announce, though: Richard Ojeda, a state senator and failed U.S. House of Representatives candidate from West Virginia was technically the first Democrat to announce, but he is considered a longshot to win. So, it’s time to review where she stands on our Second Amendment rights.
Now, let’s keep in mind that the administrative decision to issue regulations banning bump stocks aside, President Trump has been a pro-Second Amendment president, particularly due to the quality of his judicial nominations. Even that bump-stock ban, which is being done via regulation, will be on shaky ground, as ATF has admitted in the past that they did not have the authority to pass such a regulation. The quality of judicial nominations means there is a very good chance that the regulatory bump-stock ban can be stricken down by the courts – something that could be a valuable precedent. But we digress.
Why do we discuss this situation? Yes, it is disappointing President Trump went along with the bump-stock ban. However, it should be noted that according to Project VoteSmart, Elizabeth Warren has been a reliable “NO” vote on every one of the pro-Second Amendment appellate and Supreme Court nominations that President Trump has made. The same judges who provide a distinct possibility shoot down this ban that the ATF has said it had no authority to impose.
Her legislative votes also reveal an anti-Second Amendment track record. In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Warren voted to end gun shows and to also require background checks for private sales. She also voted in favor of an arbitrary limit on magazine capacity for many firearms used for sporting purposes (like three-gun matches) and personal protection. In addition, she voted to ban certain semi-automatic firearms based on cosmetic features.
Warren has signed on to a number of other anti-Second Amendment proposals while in the Senate. She has opposed arming teachers, even as a committee investigating the Parkland shooting has called for such an option. She also co-sponsored legislation to ban so-called “ghost guns” (really a way to make harder to afford to exercise your Second Amendment rights).
All the while claiming that she knows “that law-abiding citizens have a constitutional right to own and collect guns” (odd that she leaves carrying them out of that sentence, isn’t it?). She also was egging on corporate gun control, which is a major threat to our rights. In short, we could very well see Elizabeth Warren emulate Andrew Cuomo’s misuse of financial regulations to silence the NRA, or to target firearms manufacturers.
Not only that, but imagine how Warren would use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to encourage further censorship efforts by Silicon Valley and to stigmatize the Second Amendment. In addition to all of that, a Warren Administration could very well see the emergence of an army of Lois Lerners, government officials who wind up targeting Second Amendment supporters.
To sum it all up, Elizabeth Warren is an enemy of law-abiding gun owners. At this point, if the 2020 Presidential election is between Warren and Trump, Second Amendment supporters would be best served to give Trump four more years.
About Harold Hutchison
Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.