Gun Owners Voting for GOP Betrayers Only Encourage More of the Same

With “Republicans” like these, who needs Democrats? (Giffords/Twitter)

U.S.A. – -( “The so-called ‘assault’ weapons ban that passed the House today had the help of two Republican traitors,” The Right Scoop reported Friday. “But five Democrats stepped away from the madness and voted NO on this abomination.”

Actually, three Republican traitors helped assure a victory in the House that would send the bill on to the Senate.  One did not vote, ostensibly so he’d have some form of plausible deniability in November.

Per the House Clerk’s official tally, the two overt enemies are Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Chris Jacobs of New York. The guy sitting on his hands was Ohio’s Anthony Gonzalez.

As for the nay-saying Democrats, I don’t care about them. You can bet their vote was purely for political reasons, as everything else they support and enable more than negates the few times they vote gun owners’ way out of pure self-interest.

And the Republican quislings should surprise no one who has been paying attention. Their names have come up time and again over the years trying to mandate infringements. What follows I by no means a complete record—it is just random stuff that came to my attention and was posted on my The War on Guns blog.

Brian Fitzpatrick:

  • Sponsored the “Closing the Bump-Stock Loophole Act.”
  • Co-sponsored the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act.”
  • Voted for the “Enhanced Background Checks Act.”
  • And there’s plenty more:

“In 2018, Fitzpatrick was the only Republican to receive an endorsement from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the gun control organization founded by former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords. Fitzpatrick voted to expand background checks and to restrict assault weapon sales. He voted against a bill that would require states to recognize concealed-carry permits issued by other statesIn March 2021, Fitzpatrick was one of eight Republicans to join the House majority in passing the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.”

Chris Jacobs:

  • Voted to raise the minimum age to purchase a semi-auto rifle to 21 (and subsequently dropped his reelection bid over his support for banning them for all private citizens).

Anthony Gonzalez:

  • He, too, voted to raise the minimum age (and also dropped out after voting to impeach Donald Trump).

That means two of the turncoats are beyond the reach of gun owners to exact electoral revenge upon, and the last man standing, Fitzpatrick, decisively beat his primary challenger in May, with Bucks Country Republicans knowing full well he was a “moderate … who touts his bipartisan record.”

“Fitzpatrick, the incumbent from the previous 8th district, was elected on November 6, 2018, to the newly redrawn 1st district,” the Wikipedia entry for Pennsylvania’s 1st congressional district documents. “As of 2022, it is one of nine districts that voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election while being held or won by a Republican.”

That gun owners have been losing political traction in the Keystone State is self-evident, and the Dr. Oz race with him currently trailing as he distances himself from the Trump endorsement is a good indication of how uninspiring “moderate” Republicans who demoralize their natural core constituents are with the general electorate. And while Fitzpatrick won handily in 2020, his Democrat challenger, Ashley Ehasz, may have what he lacks despite his substantial advantage in campaign financing:  the ability to stoke the fire in the bellies of her supporters, especially with her record of being “a U.S. Army Veteran and Apache helicopter pilot. She grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and at the age of 17 with a waiver in hand, she joined the Army, seeing that as her best option to afford her college education. If elected, Ashley would be the first woman serving in Congress to have graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.”

And yes, totally unsurprisingly, she too shows everyone her big “but” on guns:

“As a combat veteran, I fully support the second amendment and the rights of citizens to securely keep arms for self-defense, recreation, and hunting. As a former U.S. Army Commander, I have first-hand knowledge of the power and deadliness of military-grade assault weapons which is why I support Universal Background Checks to ensure that those purchasing firearms do not pose a risk to themselves or others in our community, and that they are stored securely and out of the reach of children and others who are not properly trained on how to safely use them. Gun violence is a public health crisis, and for too long Republicans have stood in the way of overwhelmingly popular safety legislation to protect our communities and schools. As your representative, I will stand up for responsible measures to curb this public health crisis.”

It seems District 1 gun owners have no choice on guns when they actually have three:

  • They can reward confirmed enemy and Giffords endorsee Fitzpatrick for rights rape, sending Republicans the message that no amount of infidelity and tyranny enablement will ever be too much.
  • They can pull a Gonzalez and not vote.
  • They can say the hell with it and vote for the Democrat gun-grabber to demonstrate that “moderate” Republican traitors are unacceptable, and until the rest of the party and Fudds for Fitzpatrick learn that, they can just feel our pain.

To channel Hillary Clinton, at this point, what difference does it make? And for those weak souls who would counter that doing this to all GOP betrayers means “we would lose our gun rights,” what they’re really saying is they would surrender theirs.

Say the Senate goes ahead and signs a new “assault weapons” ban and the Dotard-in-Chief signs it into law:

Are you going to give yours up?

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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Well what do you all think of Fitzpatrick now?

All but one Pennsylvania House GOP members endorse Mastriano for governor
“Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was the only holdout among the Pennsylvania Republicans.”


Could gun owners join together and write in a candidate. Yeah you would have to get off your butts and work but why couldn’t it be done? Don’t know enough about Pennsylvania law.


So It begins in Kansas … The seat of gov bought by bloomburg for kelly is up for reelection . kelly against Schmidt . Now the worm rears its ugly head . dennis pyle ex republican now independent and a libertarian Whos name escapes me right now will be playing split the vote in the Kansas General Election .

Last edited 7 days ago by Oldvet

The midterms will be rigged in so many ways other than just mail in ballots.


Thank you for calling out these Butters/Fudds. Too many here support them.


my question to you all is how many of you are going to take up arms and fight for our constitutional rights, talk is cheap

Wild Bill

The first formation is at my place in Yantis, Texas, this Sunday. There is only one diner in Yantis, just ask for Wild Bill. Please bring a month’s rations, a tent, your LPCs, your weaps. We will provide the parking and water.
What is your MOS so that we can fit you in on the roster?


So they sign it into law. Good luck with the collections. Some of US are Fed up. Don’t have much to loose. Being a slave is not a option. Not when living in the sticks most of your life. FREEDOM ! Here’s a alternative for the politicians.

Last edited 7 days ago by Arny

The devil is in the details. Having a robust and active state wide gun rights organization helps call out these ‘moderates’ and get the truth out. So losing this seat to the democrat should end up being a plus. Tack another RINO hide to the barn as an example. Bucks County PA Is full on metrosexual. When they lose there liberty they will be glad for it and submit. Not so much out there in Mohave County, AZ. Molon Labe is our county motto.


“From My Cold Dead Hands!” !


With your logic, we might as well just vote for the Democrats across the board. GTFOH


With your logic, we’ll keep getting arms laws, enacted by Republicans, which will get us to the same place the Democrats want just at a slower rate.


Dear Congressman Fitzpatrick and Jacobs, In reference to your recent vote on the Democrat sponsored ‘Assault Weapons Ban”, No Matter What your Rationale, you have violated your oath of office, specified Republican Party Doctrine, and the trust of your constituency and the general public, not to mention the U.S. Constitution itself. I would advise you that your retirement, effective immediately, would be the only acceptable solution as consequences for your actions. The other option, which you have now etched in stone, is you will be voted out of office this November, by a landslide, in Shame. Of this there is no… Read more »


Another alternative for him is the honorable Japanese practice of Sepacu (sp) .


Brian Fitzpatrick is tight with Patrick Fitzbrian

“Gun Grabbers”

Last edited 8 days ago by Russn8r

maybe we will be lucky and fitzpatrick will burn to death in a car accident so he can be replaced…..the burning to death part is what he deserves for betrayal…and I would be happy to spit on his grave



I am so grateful that you are not Harold.

Indeed, you have provided a powerful rebuttal to all the HH like excuse-mongers.



Knock it off, already! This infighting serves nobody’s purpose but the antis.


Wass- I’ve noticed a big increase in the infighting among , specifically, the regular daily comment contributors. We really don’t need all this desention among our ranks as we draw closer to the mid term elections.
Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but let’s keep it civil, factual and enlightening.
As my old mammy used to say “ if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all .
Bless your heart’s!


One of the reasons I do not comment here on Ammoland very often is because of some of the disrespectful, inconsiderate, and irrelevant comments.


You forgot “incoherent”.


Thank you.