U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Polling shows a tight race for a U.S. Senate seat that could determine the balance of power in the next Congress. The stakes for the Second Amendment couldn’t be higher.
Georgians watched a debate between their two U.S. Senate candidates leading up to the midterm election on Nov. 8. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and challenger Republican Herschel Walker faced off on issues including the Second Amendment. The differences between the two are stark, and the #GUNVOTE choice for Georgians is clear.
Let Me Be Clear
Sen. Warnock has been in the Senate for only two years, a seat he won in a 2020 special election. He’s already amassed an antigun voting record and supported defunding the police policies. He’s got the hypocrisy to go with it. Sen. Warnock voted to limit the rights of law-abiding Americans to protect themselves but paid big, more than $600,000, on private armed security for himself.
Debate questions were posed over rising crime and gun rights. While Sen. Warnock dodged around his record, Walker left no doubt about how he’d stand up for Georgian’s Second Amendment rights.
“First of all, any law or bill passed that will affect anyone’s Second Amendment – I’m not going to stand for, and I won’t support,” Walker stated. “And to hear Sen. Warnock talk about supporting law enforcement – it’s sad… He’s empowered criminals to think they’re better than the police…To hear him talk about that is a disgrace.”
Walker’s matter-of-factness earned praise from Atlanta media, which usually supports gun control. Atlanta Journal-Constitution political columnist Patricia Murphy said Walker was “prepared, aggressive, and direct.”
A Record to Run From
Sen. Warnock attempted to spin his record on gun rights. He claimed support for law enforcement, hoping Georgia voters forgot that he called police officers gangsters, thugs, bullies, and a threat to children during his campaign two years ago.
Before his election to the Senate, Sen. Warnock – also a Reverend – mocked Georgia churchgoers and decried Georgia lawmakers for passing the Safe Carry Protection Act.
“Somebody decided they had a bright idea to pass a piece of legislation that will allow for guns and concealed weapons to be carried in churches,” he said.
Sen. Warnock added that places of worship were “the last place” for firearms and gun owners who carry in the church are “crazy people.” Shortly after, Jack Wilson, a concealed carry permit holder, and volunteer security guard used his concealed firearm to stop a murderer from inflicting unthinkable violence on fellow churchgoers during a religious service at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas.
Sen. Warnock’s anti-Second Amendment Senate record garnered him endorsements from national gun control groups. Moms Demand Action included Sen. Warnock in their earliest slate of announced “gunsense” candidates. Everytown for Gun Safety has, too, and so has Gun Sense Voter gun control group. His legislative “priorities” include Sen. Warnock signing on as a co-sponsor to S. 736, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) Assault Weapons Ban of 2021. That bill would ban the sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a so-called “assault weapon” or semiautomatic Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs). NSSF data showed more than 24.4 million of these commonly-owned centerfire rifles in circulation today, more than Ford F-150 pickup trucks on the road.
Peach State Priorities
The ability of law-abiding Georgians to exercise their right to possess lawfully purchased firearms has been front of mind, with the election only three weeks away. Voters supported the state legislators who passed Georgia’s Constitutional Carry law that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed. They’re also voting with their wallets. Since 2020, nearly 1.4 million Georgians have passed an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) verification on purchasing a firearm, according to NSSF-adjusted NICS data.
Statewide, Gov. Kemp has made his support for the firearm industry unquestionable by attracting dozens of businesses to move to Georgia from less-friendly environments. It’s meaningful to voters as their paychecks have risen. In Georgia, that means the firearm industry supports more than 9,000 jobs and has an economic impact of nearly $1.8 billion.
Walker’s support for continuing those strong Second Amendment traditions would be a change from Sen. Warnock. That #GUNVOTE could be the difference on election day as voters head to the polls so they don’t risk their rights.
About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
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