Trounced: Was Liz Cheney’s Gun Control Vote the Final Straw?

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Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney will soon be out of a job after being trounced in the state’s primary election. iStock-1063332582

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Soon-to-be former Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney evidently forgot the wisdom of late House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, who once famously observed, “All politics is local.”

She was trounced in the primary by a better than 2-to-1 margin, losing to Harriet Hageman 66.3-28.9 percent. Much of it is blamed on Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump and then sit as vice chair on the controversial Jan. 6 committee, which conservative commentators liken to a kangaroo court whose ultimate goal is to prevent Trump from running for another term in 2024.

As noted by Fox News, Cheney couldn’t concede without stating, “I will do whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office.”

Hageman had Trump’s endorsement, and Cheney is now one more Republican who lost their job during primaries after voting for impeachment. The Baltimore Sun reported that 10 House Republicans “backed Trump’s impeachment in the days after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress tried to certify President Joe Biden’s victory.”

The story also said Cheney sought assistance from Democrats to retain her seat, and “Democrats across America, major donors among them, took notice. She raised at least $15 million for her election, a stunning figure for a Wyoming political contest.” A check on Cheney’s campaign contributions confirms she got a lot of money from out-of-state donors.

But is there another reason Cheney’s Capitol Hill career bit the dust? Earlier this year, she was one of 13 House Republicans to cross the aisle and vote with Democrats to pass Joe Biden’s far-reaching gun control bill, dubbed the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.” Whatever else Wyoming may be, it is definitely “gun country,” and it doesn’t help a politician running for office there to help pass a gun control measure.

And for Cheney, who had consistently voted for gun rights and was supported by the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund in 2020, helping pass a Biden gun control measure may have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

Immediately after she voted for the measure, Hageman issued a scathing statement:

“Whatever Liz Cheney is doing with our only House seat, she certainly isn’t using it to represent the views and values of the people of Wyoming. The lawful possession of firearms for hunting and self-defense is an integral part of our DNA in this state, and we don’t want our constitutional rights negotiated away. We all agree that mental health is an important issue that needs to be addressed, but we should not limit the rights of law-abiding citizens. Red flag laws, for example, can be easily abused to deny legal gun ownership to responsible citizens, including even members of the military. I would most certainly have voted against this bill.”

For Cheney, who was a co-sponsor of H.R. 38, the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in 2021, voting on Biden’s bill may have amounted to heresy.

She was quoted by the Casper Star Tribune in June, insisting, “As a mother and a constitutional conservative, I’m proud to support this sensible bill that will protect our children and limit violence without infringing on law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Nothing in the bill restricts the rights of responsible gun owners. Period. I will always protect the Second Amendment. This legislation recognizes the importance of that right while making our schools safer, providing more tools for law enforcement, and expanding funding for mental health resources which is why I voted for it.”

For gun rights activists, there’s nothing sensible in the measure, which also got some GOP support in the Senate, allowing anti-gunners to declare it a “bipartisan bill.” Its passage was a symbolic victory for the gun prohibition lobby, which had just suffered a humiliating defeat at the Supreme Court in the 6-3 ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, striking down the “good cause” requirement in order to obtain a concealed carry permit in New York State. This ruling also made it clear—contrary to what anti-gunners would have the nation believe—that the Second Amendment extends beyond the front door of a private residence.

Some of Cheney’s critics suggested her politics over the past several months have reflected more of a connection with Northern Virginia than Wyoming. She did agree with the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, but her animus toward Trump evidently made her very unpopular with an overwhelming majority of voters in the Cowboy State.

As noted by the Associated Press, a voter in Cheyenne identified as Chester Barkell represented local sentiment, noting, “We like Trump. She tried to impeach Trump. I don’t trust Liz Cheney.”

And in the state’s northwest corner, Jackson voter Dan Winder told a reporter, “Over 70% of the state of Wyoming voted Republican in the last presidential election, and she turned right around and voted against us. She was our representative, not her own.”

Gun voters, it was once suggested, have long memories when it comes to gun control legislation and who supports it. In another state, Cheney might have gotten away with voting for Biden’s gun control package, but not in the shadow of the Rockies, not around places with names such as Laramie, Cody, Buffalo, Wapiti, Medicine Bow, Fort Bridger, or Greybull.

Cheney hinted she may take a run at the presidency, but as the Associated Press story observed, “don’t expect her to win Wyoming’s three electoral votes.”


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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DDS

Don’t go away mad, Liz.

Just go away.

Russn8r

LOL

MICHAELANGELO

The Dummy is still here!!

Ope

Yep,the dummy is trolling and downvoting people right now! Keep up the great work.

Russn8r

You’re like a gang of menopausal women. Dish it out, but you can’t take it back. Ope-TEX will suck up to anyone, even LaPierre shills, to snap at ankles like a foul-mouth poodle.

Ope

Another great article Dave. It’s wonderful that the people of Wyoming finally got it right this time and cancelled Lez’s ticket.

Wild Bill

Both of those would be terrific. How you been? Has it cooled off any in your AO?

Wild Bill

Yesterday, it rained all day and only got to 83. We are so grateful. More rain and reduced temps in the forecast. Maybe the hay will grow a little and the horse pasture come back some, before winter.

Oldman

Hallelujah! Raining here today in western WA. also. Been about a month with any measurable.

Wild Bill

I know the feeling!

Tackleberry

If you follow the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s calling for a deep cold and bitter winter across most of the US. Something I’m looking forward to.

Wild Bill

Where is your AO, again?

willyd

WB I haven’t mowed my yard in over a month, so dry in my area the weeds aren’t growing either, I’m in very NE Mo. Grass is Brown and Crunchy!!!!!!!

Tackleberry

I haunt the wilds of SW Ohio but we also have a sizable spread just outside North Pole Alaska that we tend to frequent. I spent so much of my life above 35,000ft that now if it isn’t -20°For less then my body isn’t happy.

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Wild Bill

Now, that is twisted!!

Wild Bill

It was poorcast to rain all night. Did not happen. Then all morning. That did not happen. Sooo, to insure rain, I water sealed my porch railings. That ought to do it.

Bubba

Love it.

Bubba

Usually all you have to do is wash your car. That brings rain every time

Tackleberry

It’s been two weeks since these posts, but it’s been two weeks of nearly daily thunder storms here in SW ohio. Now we humidity to add to the heat…

Wild Bill

Yeah, where you been, brother?

Tackleberry

I travel all over the world due to the job and military aircraft are notoriously lacking wifi… If the AF didn’t hire cleaning and custodial staff, I’d swear my office would be an inch deep in dust. But in all seriousness, due to the nature of my work, I stay off of all personal electronics when I travel.

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Wild Bill

Glad that you are back! Good policy.

swmft

you guys would love florida100 and raining temp drops to 87 then steam bath starts as temp works its way back up…today is a five shirt two pants day

Tackleberry

I was born at Cecil Field (Jacksonville), both parents were navy, stationed all over, and retired back to Florida when I was a teen. So I spent a decade living in a little town called Mims, Dad worked at KSC. I hated that heat and humidity and asked the USAF to send me somewhere mountainous and cold. That’s when I found out that the AF has a sense of humor as I spent a full third of my military career in Tucson…

Wild Bill

That is a terrific, and should go into a memoir!

Ope

Oldvet, yeah, I can understand why wind turbines would be off limits for any type of discussion! <sarc intended

Tackleberry

If you think that’s bad, I wrote a short paragraph about the high altitude weather patterns in your are and how it affects those winds. I then went back and made an editing correction and they flagged it for potential spam. Still haven’t seen it.

Bubba

You lucky bastard. It hasn’t been less then 100° in 6 weeks here in Vegas. Once or twice we had a 95° evening. Lol.
Enjoy your 78° weather. I’m jealous. 😉

Ope

Bubba,has Las Vegas had much rain lately ?

Ope

Oldvet,you’re so right. It will be a wonderful thing to see that loser gone. He was very jealous of Trump becoming president. That really ate at him. Plus, early in Trumps presidency he wanted a cabinet position in Trumps administration, and when that never happened he turned on Trump with a vengeance. He will be gone soon.

Chuck

As someone who’s been a One Issue Voter for 40+ years, I’m happy Liz the Lizard got her butt handed to her in a sling. She deserved her trouncing in so many ways, and frankly, her hatred for Trump has effected her ability to reason. Really looks like Trump Derangement Syndrome needs to be recognized as a real Mental Illness. Far too many RINO’s crossed the aisle for the Safer Criminals Act in both houses of Congress, and they need to be held accountable by their constituencies. Hopefully, they will be. Citizens of Wyoming, you all did really well in… Read more »

uncle dudley

Cheney has no one to blame but herself, she couldn’t keep her mouth shut about Trump and take care of business for Wyoming.
She will never believe that but others will.
Glad she will be out of congress.

PMinFl

Trump tried to convince and coerce our enemies, which made sense and worked. The Cheney s were war mongers…the better to make more money, grandma. That’s why they hated trump so much.

Montana454Casull

Lizard chameleon Cheney had her 15 minutes and now her time is up . Go get a face lift and lose weight and maybe the dog will play with you , fat ugly pig . Tie a T bone around her neck for insurance she will be loved by the dog .

Wild Bill

I’m thinking that, then we’d have to see her on those Jenny Craig/”I lost 150 lbs.” commercials.
Everything is ok Liz. Take your little self down to McDonalds and don’t forget to super size.

Lakefoot

I’d like to see the State of Wyoming on one of those Jenny Craig commercials stating that after the election it just lost 200 lbs. of ugly fat.

Ope

That skank lost that election by almost 40 % points. That is an ass whipping with many exclamation marks.!!!!! She is one nasty assed f*cking c*nt !

Ope

Oldvet,and Murkowski.

Ansel Hazen

And somehow find a way to add Collins to this list. She’s got 4 more years and we need her gone.

Ope

You bet it would.

Ope

Oldvet, it would be a great start for sure.

james

Pant Suit Nominee, aka Zero for Two knows a few good plastic surgeons.

gene

what a blessing now if we could only get rid of at least a dozen or so more we would be in fairly good shape

james

I hope some of them die in their sleep.

Henry Bowman

Now that RINO Lizzie is out, Let’s come full circle and get rid of Whiny LaTrine, assuming that the NRA isn’t past the point of no return (I believe it is). They’ve stabbed us all in the back too many times. Paying off Senate RINOs to go to bat for the enemies of liberty has to be the final straw!!

Oldman

Pence is already running. He thinks the way to change the Radical Left is to speak softly and try not to frighten them. He will never get the nomination if there is any thought he would choose to have Lizard Lady be his VP. and I don’t think she has a chance of getting anything in her future running as a Republican. Pence’s chances are Slim and None, and Slim just left town.

Ope

Oldman,Pence better run as a independent because he has zero chance as a Republican. Trump would destroy this tyrant. Voters have real long memories when it comes to betrayal to the party.

Wild Bill

Pense has the personality of an empty paper plate at a picnic.

Ope

Bill,he is the absolute last person this country needs as president. The only ones possibly worse would be Lindsay Graham and Marco Rubio.

Ope

Oldvet, I sure agree with you, but that RINO piece of garbage has a long time left on his current term.

Wild Bill

I have come to the conclusion that all the sneaky, scheming, untrustworthy flotsam get sent off to Washington because … we don’t want them around us.

StLPro2A

Rumor in Napa that Paulie Pelosi donates HEAVILY to NanNan’s re-election each time to keep her in Washington…..doesn’t want her to come back home. Gets the insider trading tips and doesn’t have to put up with her.

Wild Bill

Graham is so odd. He really only fits in with … other politicians.

Wild Bill

One day Trump was walking along and spied a pence on the sidewalk. Trump, not being a waster of money, plucked up the Pense, from obscurity, but it did not bring him a penny’s worth of luck.

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Oldman

Luv it!

BigJim

Joni Earnst of Iowa is next to go plop.

StLPro2A

……with flies on it……

Truth Jurist

Fortunately, Pence had the balls and integrity to certify the vote on Jan 6th 2021. But Pence has turned a little yellow lately, forgetting that the dipsh_ts wanted to hang him on Jan 6th. I have no tolerance for gutless wonders like Pence that won’t call Trump out for the POS that Trump is.

Oldman

IMHO, he already has. But some of that was Trump’s fault, probably how Pence looks at it. I beieve all the Republicans should not throw their hat in the ring until #45 makes his decision. If Trump decides to run, there should be no one standing against him, at least not from Trump’s party, anyway. We either want what we had when Trump left office or we don’t.

Oldman

Simply said; yes.

Ope

Oldvet, if Pence stabs him in the back again, President Trump will totally destroy his candy ass.

john

Nice Dave Liz Cheney never should have held office thank goodness she will be gone.

Dick Cheney Remembering the good old days

When Vice President Dick Cheney left office, his approval rating stood at a staggeringly low 13 percent. Few political figures in history have been so reviled. 

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-110hres799ih/html/BILLS-110hres799ih.htm

Lets us not forget Halliburton and Dick Cheney corruption at is best.

john

Cheney was a corporate hack. He made deals to enrich his political mates and the obvious deals that enriched his family. That means you Liz “Dick Cheney’s old company Halliburton has profited from the mess in Iraq at the expense of American troops and taxpayers. While Halliburton has been engaging in massive overcharging and wasteful practices under this no-bid contract, Dick Cheney has continued to receive compensation from his former company.” But something that never really made sense to me is why Cheney was so hell bent on killing Grumman. Cheney was able to overcome bipartisan support for Grumman and… Read more »

Neanderthal75

Hey dave,

Jackson is in the southwest part of the state, not the northwest.

Cheers from the oil patch in Central Wyoming

StLPro2A

Cheney’s middle name “KAREN”?? She is such a dower person she appears like a Democrap female. Liz, driving Mitten’s borrowed station wagon, don’t let Devil’s Tower hit you in the ass on the way back home from DC.

Bill B

She and her old daddy are nothing but big government globalist and firmly believe he was personally involved in the 911 “attacks”.
There is considerable evidence that no plane took down those towers but that controlled demolition did. She is cut from the same rotten cloth as her daddy, IMO!

Ope

Oldvet, could Kay possibly trigger a couple earthquakes ?

Truth Jurist

Yes, Liz Cheney lost because she no longer represented the majority of her constituents in Wyoming…their desire was to sweep Trump’s iniquity under the rug. Liz lost because she did not go along with Trump’s lies and because she voted in support of impeachment. She decided she was going against the Cult of Trump, pure and simple, little to do with a single gun issue vote. My hopes and prayers are that Trump is in an orange jump suit soon, but life isn’t just or fair so I doubt it will happen. Next best thing is to keep him out… Read more »