Northwest Due for Political Earthquake, Will Gun Owners Make Difference?

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U.S.A.-( ANALYSIS: The 2022 elections are less than three weeks away, and there are rumbles across the Pacific Northwest landscape on both sides of the Columbia River, where earthquakes are not unheard of, even in a political sense.

The question popping up within the firearms community: Can gun owners provide a voting bloc to tilt the election results in Washington and Oregon?

Recent polling suggests Oregon could be headed for a stunning upheaval with a Republican in the lead in the governor’s race. According to the National Review, “Christine Drazan, who’s running to be Oregon’s first Republican governor since 1987, has now led the field in four consecutive polls. Surveys from three separate polling firms, conducted September 19–24, all showed Drazan ahead.”

Republican Drazan is running against Democrat Tina Kotek and Independent Betsy Johnson, a former Democrat whose presence on the ballot may be as a spoiler for Kotek.

Election day in Oregon could also bring every Beaver State gun owner to the ballot box because of Ballot Measure 114, an extremist gun control initiative that would require permits just to purchase firearms, plus a training requirement. The Oregon Firearms Federation has been leading the opposition, and the group’s latest alert says it all:

“All indications are that Ballot Measure 114 is very close.  If this passes we will face a long time and a lot of money to defeat it in court.

“Make no mistake, it will be defeated. The proponents know it, the Secretary of State knows it, and the media knows it. But why should they care? When it comes time to fight it, we get to pay for our lawyers and their lawyers. So please get your friends and family to fill out those ballots and bring them to a “secure” drop box or directly to your elections office.  Do NOT assume the Post Office will deliver them.

“114 is the most extreme anti-gun effort in the country. If it passes, we see no way for most gun dealers to survive while the legal battles get sorted out.  So every single vote is going to count.”

North of the Columbia, 30-year incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray—a deep blue Democrat whose critics say she has overstayed her welcome—is facing a spirited challenge from political newcomer Tiffany Smiley. In a recent report at, the question was raised whether Evergreen State gun owners, who see Murray as no friend of the Second Amendment, could make the difference in that race as well.

The Murray re-election effort has been concentrating on abortion, and trying to paint Smiley as a Donald Trump disciple, but a recent Rasmussen survey finds that the overwhelming majority (88%) of likely voters—a group that certainly includes gun owners of all stripes—think the economy is the hot button issue. Her campaign has been furiously seeking donations and support on social media. Right now, Murray is still favored to win by most surveys, but the gap may be tightening.

Not surprisingly, identified Democrats in that poll say they are not as concerned about the economy (47%) as Republicans (76%) and Independents (58%). There is a reason for that. It’s because Democrats cannot blame anyone but themselves for the economy, so they focus on a different issue as a distraction.

They can’t talk about crime, because the big cities where crime is spiking are all run by Democrats. They can’t talk about the price of gas, especially after OPEC voted to cut back on oil production after Joe Biden reportedly pleaded with them not to.

Whatever else gun owners may be, they are primarily taxpayers and consumers. They feel pain at the pump like everyone else, and their grocery bills are just as high as the nearest non-gun owner’s bill. And when their rights are threatened, gun owners can turn into a formidable voting bloc.

But gun rights could be a pivotal issue, especially in the wake of a report from the Washington Department of Licensing that concealed pistol license numbers are skyrocketing. Washington is the smallest state in the West, with the second largest population and a crime problem that is getting worse. As a result of several factors, the state now has more than 688,000 active CPLs, a number that Alan Gottlieb at the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms wonders whether it will translate to votes on Nov. 8.

Senator Murray has a long record of supporting gun control, including Biden’s “Safer Communities Act” passed earlier this year. She supports a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” calling modern semi-auto rifles “weapons of war” when she recently joined anti-gunner Shannon Watts, in a video.

Another race that could be tilted by gun owners is in Washington’s 8th Congressional District, where incumbent Kim Schrier is being challenged by Republican Matt Larkin. Schrier, who has a straight party-line voting record, is also running on the abortion issue, because—according to critics—she doesn’t have anything else. The economy under the Democrat Congress is a mess, retirement accounts have been ruined, gasoline prices are the highest in the state in her district, and a trip to the grocery store can be a costly adventure.

And then there is the Tulsi Gabbard factor. When the former Hawaii congresswoman quit the Democratic Party a few days ago, launching a podcast called the “Tulsi Gabbard Show” in the process, she did so with a scathing critique of Democrats.

I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness,” Gabbard said in a message on Twitter, “who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism, actively work to undermine our God-given freedoms, that are enshrined in our constitution, who are hostile to people of faith, and spirituality, who demonize the police and protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding Americans, who believe in open borders, who weaponize the national security state to go after their opponents, and above all, who are dragging us ever closer to nuclear war.

“Now,” the once Democrat rising star added, “I believe in a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people. Unfortunately, today’s Democratic party does not.”

Just how much damage Gabbard did to Democrats will not be known until November, but she has attracted tens of thousands of views. If there is a “Red Wave” next month, she may take some credit as a dam buster, while American gun owners, determined to derail Biden’s gun control extremism, just might be the tsunami.


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at 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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We are witnessing the counter revolution against the Progressive New Left. If one listens to all of Gabbard’s podcast that is really the message. The hope for America is still contained in the principles put forth in our Declaration of Independence. The Progressive New Left rejected those principles over fifty years ago and has advanced a confused yet toxic mix of Cultural Marxism and pseudo religion as a new foundation. Thinking America has seen the results of this kind of magical thinking and now is in the process of rejecting it. The sad truth of the matter is this: the… Read more »


But why should they care? When it comes time to fight it, we get to pay for our lawyers and their lawyers.” Therein lies the problem. The ones who passed it and signed it into law should pay to defend it.


Great article Dave. Hoping Smiley wins here in WA. Hope she means everything she says about firearms, but if she succeeds it will be a huge step in the right direction, anyways. P. Murray is what term limits is all about. She is the evil mouse on Insley’s left shoulder. HE has got to go too!!


Troo dat!!! He’s on the hot seat two years out, unless somehow some dirt gets pinned on him and sticks, taking him out. His evil sidekick Fergie also should have gone away four years ago. Until HE is gone not much cna change in this state, as he holds the keys to the jailhouse he should, by rights, be occupying himself.


Amen! ! would love to see them being carried out in handcuffs, kicking and crying all the way to the jailhouse for their wanton neglect of the Constitution and especially for Insley’s use of taxpayers money supporting China.


I’ll pray for Washington, please pray for oregoneistan.


The problem here is, our educational system has been infiltrated by Socialists and Communists!
I forget who it was who once opined that, “all politics begin at the local level.”


I’m all but certain that quote was from Rep. Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill.


Praying for a red wave in 3 weeks accross the country and as far as ballot measure 114 goes the courts will shoot that infringing crap down .


Montana, I’m sure that red wave is coming. But if they are just more spineless, coward RINO’s, we really haven’t gained a damn thing. The GOP has become a party of sissy, candy asses. (A party of Lindsay grahams)


I am hoping the ones that back gram (the swamp rats) get the boot.


That’s were it will be OUR duty to immediately have the deadbeats removed from office through grand jury indictments.


But if it wins, how many years will it take to get it resolved. Will there be a stay until the decision is made? I doubt it. It’s Oregoneistan.


Thank you for your prayers.

A plead to America. Please if you believe in God and his power, pray for the up righting of our ship and the stoppage of sinking morals and the attacks Christians have been subjected to.

Desert Rat

Tulsi Gabbard, Tulsi Gabbard. Everybody is wetting their pants over Tulsi Gabbard’s big splash departure from the Democrap Party. Now she’s on every Fox News program all day long. If she wanted to get her face out there as a potential candidate for the Big Job that’s the way to do it. She gets more exposure on one Fox News show than she would on CNN, MSNBC ABC, NBC and CBS combined. She’s no dummy and is playing the conservative side like a fiddle. NEVER FORGET she is a 2015 graduate of Klaus Schwab’s Young Global Leaders class like Sen.… Read more »


Expect Oregon to be same as all blue states. Whatever impact 2A voters make will be negated by a tidal wave of leftist votes. And all the 2A voters get when it’s over is years of jury duty.


Unfortunately, the Dingbat in Tennis Shoes and Schrier the Lier will both be protected by the same machine that insured that Dino Rossi lost after three “recounts.”


By all means let’s keep using a proven rigged system. Importing more GubMINT dependent, ignorant low information voters. Carry on nothing to see here.


Overall, good rundown. But:

Washington’s 8th Congressional District, where incumbent Kim Schrier is being challenged by Republican Matt Larkin.

YOU know where that is because you’ve been studying such things. Most reading this do not. It would be a help if you’d name the county and/or major city in this district. (guessing Tri-CIties area, but that’s a shot in the dark…)

Thanks for the hard look.


??? Why not just SAY it? Washington’s 8th congressional district is a district for the United States House of Representatives located in western Washington State. It includes the eastern portions of King and Pierce counties, and crosses the Cascade mountains to include Chelan and Kittitas counties. The district’s western part includes the exurban communities of Sammamish, Issaquah, and Auburn, but does not include Seattle and Tacoma’s more immediate suburbs (with the exception of eastern Kent in the district’s westernmost corner). On its east side, the 8th’s population centers include the rural communities Wenatchee, Leavenworth, and Ellensburg.[4] It is currently represented… Read more »


Tio – been a while since I departed WA but IIRC the Tri-Cities is in the 16th CONgressional district. That area used to be heavily democRAT but for the past couple of decades has been mostly right leaning. The dingaling currently infesting the governor’s office misrepresented the district for one term before we tossed him out.


The one thing I like about the elections this year is the fact that the left is trying to end almost all semi auto guns with measure 114 which is going to be their big mistake. With this action they are bringing all gun owners out of the woodwork both left and right. The right will vote republican, I hope the left sees the light and realizes that their party is the one trying to take away their rights and changes parties voting for a republican for governor. The CRT mess, new taxes brought on by the left in oregone… Read more »


IF One has been WATCHING the behavior and LISTENING to the spewing of pretty words flowing from the facial orifices of the UNAMERICAN, UNETHETICAL, NONHONORABLE, CHEATING LIARS of the DemoKKKratic and even the RepubliCANTS, One can comprehend and understand the EVIL that has been being done for at least 50 YEARS! It IS TIME for true Americans to REACT(preferably at the voting booths) to the FIEASCO of these UNAMERICAN “new world order” sycophants! VOTE EVERY ONE of them OUT!!!