Could Collins Continue Imperfect Second Amendment Defense?

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Maine – -( Susan Collins may not be one of the most-liked Senators among Second Amendment supporters. That being said, she has posted a mostly solid record in defense of our rights, albeit with some recent blemishes. Still, when all things are considered, Second Amendment supporters ought to give her another six years.

Collins has been in the Senate since 1996, and until this year, she’s generally been winning elections in Maine without breaking much of a sweat, even in years that weren’t that good for Republicans. In 1996, she won her first term with a 5.3 percent margin while Bill Clinton beat Bob Dole by roughly 21 points in that state. In 2008, while Obama won Maine by 17 points, she beat Tom Allen by just under 23 points.

She has generally opposed restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms. She did buy into a “watch list” prohibition, though, and also backed a “universal” background check bill in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. That said, she has voted against gun and magazine bans.

She is currently facing a race against Sara Gideon. Gideon’s campaign site is silent on our right to keep and bears arms. However, she has made statements calling for “smart gun safety measures.” She also supports magazine restrictions. That alone makes Gideon a downgrade over the occasionally frustrating Collins.

When it comes to the “big picture” issues, though, helping Collins hold on for her fifth term is something Second Amendment supporters should make a priority. For starters, Collins has voted to confirm many pro-Second Amendment judges. Putting aside disagreements on non-gun issues, this is a major reason for a Second Amendment supporter to pull the lever for her. Keeping the confirmation machine rolling for the next two to four years could decisively shift the legal and political landscape in favor of our rights for a generation or two. This is much better than what Second Amendment supporters get from the likes of Jon Tester.

The first vote Collins would cast in the Senate is just as important: If Sara Gideon is in Washington, she would vote to make Charles Schumer the Senate Majority Leader. Susan Collins, though, would vote against Schumer in her first vote of the 117th Congress. Having to pick between Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman is a much better situation than worrying about whether Sheldon Whitehouse or Dianne Feinstein holding that post.

Maine has been trending in a more pro-Second Amendment direction at the Presidential level. In 2016, there was a three-point gap in the statewide vote between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. You can check out the campaign site for Senator Collins here. As always, it is also a good idea to support NRA’s Political Victory Fund to ensure the election and re-election of pro-Second Amendment candidates at all levels.

About Harold HutchisonHarold 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,, and other national websites.

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uncle dudley

A vote for Collins is a vote for the lesser of two evils, writing in someone else is a wasted vote unless that person has filed the necessary paperwork as a write in candidate.
By not voting in the election it will help the candidate who is trying to unseat Collins, so if you don’t like Collins hold your nose and vote for anyway.
We don’t need anymore anti-gun senators in D.C..


Nice to hear from the Gideon supporters. Hey…she’s a Dem, OK? The choice this year couldn’t be more clear. If you support the 2A and your gun rights…you don’t go vote for the other side…ever.




It would seem some gun laws are okay by Harold and with Collins. We need to be defeating these anti-#2A Republicans in the primaries and support Term limits for congress.

This crap is never gonna end.


Harold never saw a compromiser he couldn’t support.


@Irontiger – Great plan and good advice for next time around, however primaries are behind us. Can only move forward from where we are rather than where we’d like to be. To change harold’s words a bit – better to keep bad than to accept worse.
Maybe trump wins, but if not republicans have to hold as many senate seats as possible. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst applies – so we should be fighting for every senate seat.


Absolutely but I think we are going to win if we can stop the demonrats from cheating.


We can worry about term limits some other day. Right now, control of the Senate is more important as it pertains to stopping legislation that would erode our 2A. Collins should be our candidate. A no brainer. Don’t sit this one out. If Gideon should win by a margin of 1%, you’ll regret it.


Nullify the Seventeenth Amendment.


Like most Republicans she is not principle driven she is poll driven. They oppose demoncrats who are power driven. Not much of a choice but I guess a half baked record is better than being baked by progressives and leftists. So who stands for liberty?


A RINO is better than a gun grabber.


Sadly, America is today always left with voting for the lesser of two evils….Trump….never a Conservative…… included. 2016 with only two viable choices, I didn’t vote for Trump, but I sure as Hell voted against Hillary. Same 2020. Trump vote only delays the inevitable maybe four more years. The enemy will always be back until America grows a pair and takes this country back. Our Founding Fathers are so ashamed of what we have relinquished to Socialism,,,,,,as predicted by former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.


What’s the difference?


Damn, you made me spit my coffee on my drawings !
That was GOOD !


I am naturally suspicious of carreer politicians. Her 5th term, eh? Do you know how corrupt you have to be to stay in that long?

Bad idea, I say.

Ansel Hazen

There is a huge undercurrent of voters who want her gone.
If you are a Mainer you could do no better than to write in Adrienne Bennett.

Harold, I have written Collins a number of times regarding Red Flag laws and the 2A. Her answers have shown me she is no supporter.

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Gary Johnson voters were the reason Obama got a 2nd term. Stay in the game. Voting for 3rd tier candidates is fine for when your side has an insurmountable majority, and you can afford to dabble. Not true this year. Let’s stick together on this one.


I live in Michigan. I didn’t like the presidential choices for 2016, but knew that my state was important, and so I couldn’t afford to take the chance and vote for a 3rd party candidate, and possibly be a part of letting Hillary become president. Can you imagine if she had been president over the past 3.5 years? I was not a Trump supporter, but better him than Hillary, and so I held my nose and voted for him. Now, I am glad that I did. He did pretty much everything that he said he would do, other than the… Read more »


Mainers seem to have tendency to vote for republican candidates for senate in the last 20 or so years. Doesn’t matter how they vote as long as they’re a republican senator


What about the fact that Collins no longer has ANY issues by which she stands firmly. She apparently changes her mind on a daily basis.
She is clearly becoming very cloudy in her judgment, and her speech displays an occasional slurring of words that should be worrisome for all of her constituents.
Simply because she appears to be on the “right side” of one issue today, should not be cause to vote her into office for another term. Her erratic behavior and demeanor could and should ring alarms for all Mainers!


consider the alternative.

Ryben Flynn

Why is the phrase “pull the lever” still being used to indicate voting? Only lever I know of is on a slot machine and even those are going out in favor of all electronic. Last time I voted it was a touch screen.


Paper ballot up this way.


Ya, and I don’t play anymore because I don’t see the clunk clunk clunk of the silver dollars falling in the bucket. I don’t care about dirty hands , I can always wash them.