VA: Telling Gun Owners ‘Trust Me’ is No Way for Youngkin to Win Election

Telling Gun Owners 'Trust Me' is No Way for Youngkin to Win Election
Telling Gun Owners ‘Trust Me’ is No Way for Youngkin to Win Election

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Scathing media fact checks have not stopped Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe from employing debunked attacks against GOP opponent Glenn Youngkin,” The Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday. “The Virginia GOP has responded to McAuliffe’s ‘repeated lies’ by labeling the Democrat ‘Two-Faced Terry’…”

That McAuliffe is “a chronic and habitual liar” is no secret to Virginia gun owners, at least the ones who keep themselves politically informed — even that ridiculous and hypocritical subset that supports Democrats regardless knows their man can get away with saying anything.  That’s why it’s no surprise to see others who depend on lies to advance their citizen disarmament agenda laying down the Astroturf to enthusiastic media cheerleading.

“Everytown for Gun Safety, backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, plans to pump roughly $1 million into its efforts to elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe, with another $500,000 going to support a dozen Democrats running for the House of Delegates,” CNN practically crows.

Youngkin is being attacked on two fronts, abortion, and guns, which is instructive because he’s proven to be a squish on both. No matter, anyone to the “right” of a Democrat absolutist is pegged as an “extremist.”

“Glenn Youngkin, GOP nominee for Virginia governor, goes mum on guns and abortion,” The Washington Post headlined in May. “[S]ome conservative Republicans — hungry for a win after losing every statewide contest for the past dozen years — seem to be greeting Youngkin’s messaging shift as a smart way to appeal to a wider, general-election audience.”

Part of “going mum” includes refusing to fill out the questionnaire from the National Rifle Association and the state grassroots “gun rights” group, the Virginia Citizens Defense League.

Youngkin spokesflack Macaulay Porter explains:

“Glenn is a gun owner and a lifetime member of the NRA who will defend Virginians’ Second Amendment rights. That’s one reason conservatives and groups like The Middle Resolution are supporting him. Politicians love to fill out surveys, but just like President Trump, Glenn isn’t a politician and isn’t spending all his time filling out surveys. Glenn is traveling Virginia, meeting with voters, and telling them exactly what he believes. The best way to protect your Second Amendment rights is to nominate Glenn so he can win in November.”

Trust him. It’s not like “moderate” Republicans unwilling to take an unequivocal stance have ever betrayed gun owners before, right? For some reason, nothing comes to mind so much as a line by the “Fletcher” character in The Outlaw Josey Wales.

What Porter and the rest of the establishment Republicans (if WaPo calls them “conservative” you can bet they mean of the Karl Rove variety) are ignoring is that taking the fire out of the bellies of core constituents is no way to win an election. That’s assuming a GOP turnaround is even possible anymore in Virginia after a demographic shift even The New York Times has crowed about:

“Guns, that is the most pressing issue for me,” said Vijay Katkuri, 38, a software engineer from southern India, explaining why he voted for a Democratic challenger in Tuesday’s elections …“There are lots of other issues, but you can only fix them if you are alive.”  Mr. Katkuri’s vote — the first of his life — helped flip a longtime Republican State Senate district and deliver the Virginia statehouse to the Democratic Party for the first time in a generation. It was a stunning political realignment for a southern state, and prompted days of prognosticating about President Trump’s own standing with suburban voters nationally in 2020. But while political leaders come and go, the deeper, more lasting force at work is demographics.

That this represents the greatest developing threat to continued “legal” recognition of the right to keep and bear arms is demonstrated not just by all credible polls, but by real-world experience, starting in California and spreading everywhere. Meanwhile, our national and state “gun rights leaders” fear to even mention it, using a delusional “single focus” excuse, let alone hold politicians accountable for it, lest they be accused of xenophobia and racism (as if media-amplified gun-grabbers don’t smear them with that lie already).

Youngkin, to no one’s surprise, has taken the opposite tack. Undoubtedly, it’s a good thing to outreach to other demographic groups, but if the mutual attraction is not based first and foremost on Constitutional fundamentals, what he’ll pick up will either be overwhelmed by the rest of those populations or rendered irrelevant because most are not (yet) eligible to vote. Give that last bit a little time.

What about those who are eligible, and who when motivated have proven themselves committed and engaged? What about gun owners?

Virginia Democrats are doing their damnedest to harass and marginalize them, from canceling Lobby Day with fabricated and insulting excuses, to an official in-your-face dismissal of the state’s growing Second Amendment Sanctuary movement.

There are some angry gun owners out there who would respond to the right kind of leadership. So what does Youngkin do? He gives them no reason to vote for him outside of the fact that he’s not McAuliffe but he still won’t tell them what he plans to do for and to them if elected.

Votes are what win elections but it takes a lot behind the scenes to attract them, and successful campaign managers know that. Give the Democrats credit, they know how to organize.

Candidates need to be able to inspire citizens to do more than just show up at the polls. They need to give them reasons to claim campaign “ownership” by donating and especially by volunteering, that is, by walking precincts, hosting or attending events, manning phone banks, poll watching, and plenty more.

What gun owner can say – with enthusiasm – he’s on board with doing any of those things for a rope-selling capitalist who won’t even fill out a damn questionnaire? And who will be to blame if Youngkin loses? Him, or those of us trying to warn him how he and other weasel-wording “Vichycons” are blowing it?


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago

Comment placed on hold, but look at Youngkin’s bio on his website and then look-up the anti 2nd Amendment investment policy of the firm he shaped.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago

From Youngkin’s bio on his campaign website:

“After earning an engineering degree at Rice University, and his MBA at Harvard Business School, Glenn and his wife Suzanne moved to Northern Virginia. Glenn landed a job at The Carlyle Group, where he spent the next 25 years. Working his way to the top of the company, Glenn played a key role in building Carlyle into one of the leading investment firms in the world.”

Anti-2nd Amendment investment policy of the company Youngkin shaped:

https://www.newsmax.com/finance/streettalk/carlyle-david-rubenstein-fund/2018/03/05/id/846860/

Mack
Mack
1 month ago

David,

It’s good of you to head your article with his Campaign ad. “The Right of the People” with him holding a shotgun.

Is he trying to be a Fudd?

Let’s see him hold a tactical rifle.

‘Core Purpose’ Glenn?

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
1 month ago

We’ve been here before. Virginia has proven it suffers from incurable schizophrenia but…even my neighbor’s pet frog would be a better governor than McAuliffe — especially since it would be his 2nd term.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

Cast a write-in vote for your neighbor’s pet frog. A vote for Youngkin just perpetuates the problem. Youngkin is not pro 2nd Amendment. Call 703-829-5171 and speak to one of his staffers. Republicans like Youngkin need to lose and he and the Republican party officials need to understand why he lost. Glenn Youngkin and L. “Rich” Anderson, are you listening? Republican politicians are losing because they are not pro 2nd Amendment. How hard is it to just say no more gun control? Maybe if Youngkin loses, and the Republican party understands why he lost, the next Republican presidential candidate will… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

In this case, I agree. I’d donate to Fido before a doubletalking P0S like Youngkin and LOSING will teach other Vichy Rs a lesson. A friend just sent me this chat: Welcome to Youngkin for Governor live chat! 2A: https://www.ammoland.com/2021/09/telling-gun-owners-trust-me-is-no-way-for-youngkin-to-win-election Fill out the surveys or I won’t even vote, let alone donate. Weasel: Glenn has chosen to not fill out any surveys or to go through any 3rd parties to spread his message. I recommend you still vote though so McAuliffe does not get in office, because he will take your guns away, while Glenn won’t. He is a lifetime… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

If he loses, it would be helpful if one of the firearm rights organizations does a big PR campaign afterwards explaining to the Republican establishment that Youngkin lost because of firearm owners.

We need a few poster children.

If the NRA had done that a long time ago and every subsequent flip-flopping Republican politician lost, we would have pro 2nd Amendment Republican candidates today.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

By the way, if you call his campaign office and speak to one of his staffers, I think you will enjoy the conversation.

First hand experiences with just how cluess these campaigns are is interesting. They truly believe the firearm community will vote for this guy because:

  • He is a Republican
  • He is an NRA member
  • He owns a firearm
  • He hunts
  • The other guy is even worse

Glenn Youngkin campaign office: 703-829-5171

Last edited 1 month ago by JSNMGC
Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Thx. Already got the pic, emailed them. Gotta do some biz. No time to F with low-level scum right now.

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
Mack
Mack
1 month ago

“Trust but verify.”

For a political virgin, questionnaire can help provide verification — and accountability.

Karl Rove would often get pissed of and whine: “What are you going to do – stay home?”

Yes.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Mack

Karl Rove should get together with his buddies and let them know the game is up. “Yes, we will cast write-in votes instead of voting for the Republican candidate on the ballot unless the Republican candidate makes a detailed pledge not to support any more gun control, including red flag laws.”

Republican politicians pass more gun control because they can.

They are emboldened by the support shown for Trump, even after 2/28/18:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?441884-1/president-trump-calls-comprehensive-gun-bill

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago

703-829-5171

Youngkin’s staffer said he didn’t want to fill out the NRA questionaire because he didn’t want to take any NRA money.

The staffer said Youngkin is pro 2nd Amendment (Youngkin even has a gun himself!).

When asked specific questions, the staffer showed that he had a complete lack of knowledge of any of the 2nd Amendment rights issues.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago

This is a case where GOA could be of help.

They could go to Youngkin and ask him to sign a very detailed pledge to just say no more gun control. The pledge could list every hair-brained idea that has been proposed and at the end he would be asked to sign with a statement that he is against all of it.

If he doesn’t, GOA could say they will go to their members (very publicly) and suggest to them not to vote for Youngkin.

Let it burn already.

Jonesy
Jonesy
1 month ago

Right. A politician says “Trust Me!” Better start counting your Silver Ware

Hazcat
Hazcat
1 month ago

Sounds to me that the best you can hope for from Youngkin is that he won’t do any more damage to the 2A but don’t expect him to undo the damage that has already been done.

Tank
Tank
1 month ago

Terry McAlliffe is a confirmed Knight’s of Malta member. Knight’s of Malta ALL work for the Queen & Masonic Royalty system. If you want a real change expose them cried “we the people”.

Voting for the lesser of the two evils is still evil.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tank
Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Tank

“Voting for the lesser of two evils” is a moral equivalence strawman interpretation. I sometimes vote against the greater of two evils. The vastly greater of two evils. I have never voted for evil and never will. Responsible citizens do what we can in primaries to nominate loyal viable candidates, and not just in our own states. Thanks to self-serving apathy, we usually end up with heavily flawed Rs in the general. Then we have a choice. Flawed as Trump is, Xiden is clearly the vastly greater of two evils. Doing nothing, or worse voting “Libertarian”, is a greater evil… Read more »

APG member
APG member
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Always with the straw man. You want to live in The Land of the Free? You gotta be BRAVE. It is obvious why colectivists like you dont want to go there!

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  APG member

Amazing how many Clowny LoLibertarian Globalists (de facto collectivists) can’t address issues rationally, mentally incapable of anything but projection, ad hominem & red herrings.

Degforyou
Degforyou
1 month ago
Reply to  Russn8r

You got to be crazy as a betsie bug if you think xiden was the lesser of to evils. Our America was in a whole lot better shape with Trump at the wheel than it is now by a long shot.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Degforyou

Sober up & READ the post.

Xiden is clearly the vastly greater of two evils.”

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Degforyou

Crickets Chirping. Why do you post drunk and RUN AWAY like a coward?

GA Patriot
GA Patriot
1 month ago

Consider the alternative. We have been voting for the lesser of two evils for a long time.

Mack
Mack
1 month ago
Reply to  GA Patriot

I will never again vote for the lessor of two evils.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Mack

It’s not for the lesser of evils. It’s against the vastly greater of evils. See my post above. In this case, however, I’d vote for FIDO before a doubletalking P0S like Youngkin and it will teach other Vichy Rs a lesson.

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
Larry
Larry
1 month ago

“Glenn is a gun owner and a lifetime member of the NRA who will defend Virginians’ Second Amendment rights.”

So he’s Wayne LaPierre. Gosh, I feel better now.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
DDS
DDS
1 month ago

If he can’t find 30 minutes in his busy day to fill out the survey and spread his views to the 6M NRA members, and the 20 or so million who identify with them, just how committed to RKBA can he be? My view is for the gun owning voters in Virginia (and elsewhere) to ask themselves if they would prefer to be stabbed in the chest by a known enemy, or stabbed in the back by a supposed friend. Because the bottom line is, it doesn’t matter if the person who takes your guns is a sworn gun grabbing… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago

In related news, gun grabber Bernie Kerik stumps for “America First conservative” Eric Greitens in Missouri.

https://www.newsmax.com/bernardkerik/americafirst-missouri-senator-elections/2021/03/12/id/1013621/