United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- If Second Amendment supporters don’t understand the importance of controlling Congress by now, there isn’t much more that can be said. Control of the House of Representatives in 2013 prevented sweeping federal laws that would have punished millions for an act of madness they did not commit.
These days, running for the United States House of Representatives is a very expensive proposition. It takes millions of dollars. For a seat in the United States Senate, it will probably take tens of millions of dollars. Even primary races will be expensive, in some cases, more so than the general if the seat is safe for one party or another.
The questions you ask a candidate for Congress are just as much figuring out what you have to work with as they are in selecting a candidate. This isn’t to say that Second Amendment supporters don’t have a chance to be decisive, and in primaries, they can be decisive, but the scale of the elections are something to be considered.
With that in mind, here are some questions to ask a candidate running for the House of Representatives:
- Do you believe the Second Amendment protects our right to keep and bear arms?
- Do you believe self-defense is a right?
- Are those who exercise their Second Amendment rights to blame for violent crime?
- Do you believe that the First Amendment precludes many campaign finance “reform” schemes?
- Would you take steps to address corporate gun control and financial deplatforming?
- How would you address Silicon Valley censorship?
- Will you work to restore limits on the CDC pushing gun control?
- Will you use oversight powers to press the Justice Department on its failure to properly use 18 USC 922 and 18 USC 924 to prosecute those with records for crimes of violence?
- Would you agree to co-sponsor the Restoring The Armed Career Criminal Act, the Freedom Financing Act, the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act, the ATF Accountability Act, the Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act, the Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, and the FOPA improvements introduced by Senator Daines?
For those running for the United States Senate, a number of additional questions ought to be added:
- Would you commit to opposing the confirmation of anti-Second Amendment extremists to the federal bench?
- Would you insist that nominees to the CDC repudiate pushing gun control policies?
- Would you press nominees for U.S. Attorney to implement Project Exile-type approaches?
- Would you also hold oversight into the conduct of BATFE and FBI regarding the Second Amendment?
We may not get perfection in every congressional candidate, but knowing what we have to work with is important in and of itself. Should Larry Hogan run for Senate, for instance, he would represent an improvement over Maryland’s Chris Van Hollen or Ben Cardin. The fact is, Second Amendment supporters have a lot of work to do when it comes to defeating anti-Second Amendment extremists via the ballot box at the federal level.
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.