Tim Kaine’s zigzag path to gun control

by Laura Vozzella | Washington Post  |  published on August 2, 2016


RICHMOND — At his national introduction as Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine suggested that he has done what few swing-state Democrats have dared: taken on the National Rifle Association.“I know the NRA,” he said. “They’re headquartered in my state, in Virginia. They campaigned against me in every statewide race that I’ve ever run, but I’ve never lost. . . . I don’t mind powerful groups campaigning against me. That just is like an extra cup of coffee to me.”

But as Kaine hits the campaign trail and makes gun control a central Democratic theme in the 2016 race for the White House, his relationship with the nation’s most powerful gun lobby is more nuanced than the kind of “High Noon” faceoff he suggested.

more than two decades as a political figure in Virginia, a Southern state with a strong gun tradition and historically lenient firearm regulation, Kaine has pivoted on guns, in style and substance, depending on the political climate, the office he sought and particular events.

He has been an urban mayor determined to reduce gun deaths. And he has been a statewide candidate who embraced the Second Amendment and promised not to tighten gun laws. He has become quiet on the issue at times, and played offense at other moments. As he served in different political roles, in a changing Virginia, Kaine has tailored his stance as the politics surrounding guns have evolved.

  • Nellie McConnell

    When it comes to guns WE only need to look at countries that the citizens don’t have guns. Only police and criminals. The only reason Israel is still a country, they train everyone how to use a GUN. Every one goes into Military for one year. Men and women. I am for THIS! My KIDS are OK with guns and carry. There father taught them. Guns are a part of my family. Look at the history of Hitler over German citizens. Castro taking everything the citizens owned. WITH Hillary we will be under more government CONTROL.
    Right now we really don’t know where we are with Terrors because of Obama Muslim President. GOD HELP OUR COUNTRY. Pray!

  • Smitch

    Pole munch, semen guzzling Liberal! Just Saying!

  • ADRoberts

    Why not say it. He looks like a queer. And he shows his stupidity by bowing to Hillary. What a dufus.

    • S M

      Is that what Church has taught you? If so you’re in the wrong church my friend.

      • ADRoberts

        Tell me. Who made you the spokes person for God. Since when did you determine that confronting EVIL when you are faced with it was wrong.
        How do you do ANYTHING to stop wickedness? Or do you? Evidently not.
        There is a time for dealing with sinners with compassion and kindness. And that is when they are aware of their WRONGNESS and are likely to repent.
        But when you are dealing with those who are SOLD OUT to sin, there is NO reason to NOT tell them that they are WRONG and going to hell.
        So what church did you got to and show me how THEY bring sinners to God.
        That is right. Spit it out. What eccumenical “Laodicean” church do you actually attend? Or do you go at all.

        • S M

          I’m not the spokesman for God. That was you remember? Let’s not cherry pick, and act like the victim when someone points out the hypocrisy. If you can point out, why are you offended when I do the same?

      • ADRoberts

        Why don’t you get “180” by Ray Comfort and see what real Christians do to confront evil

        • S M

          Lol “real Christians”? Let me guess you judge them based on the color of your skin and start a race war? I don’t know I just guessed based on your previous posts. Oh btw and I thought you don’t follow the demands of a man who thinks he knows what it means to serve God.

  • justinwachin

    It sounds like Tim Kaine has mastered the art of telling the voters what they want to hear. If Hillary becomes president she will appoint Supreme Court justices that have no problem killing babies and killing our Constitutional rights.

    • gvette

      You’re correct. He tells them what they want to hear. The trouble is, it shows the mentality of the voters in his state. Low IQ come to mind?

      • Patricia Goad Basso

        There are a lot of voters in this great state that do not like Kaine and did not vote for him. High IQ come to mind?

        • gvette

          I understand that, Patricia. It’s just that the bad, outweigh the good!

  • Ramon1710 .

    “Sen. Tim Kaine suggested that he has done what few swing-state Democrats have dared: taken on the National Rifle Association.”
    And when the situation arises, the NRA and its many members will be forced to take on Tim Kaine, and his fellow communists.

    • Elaine

      I’m wondering …. how does one “take on” the NRA? Did he issue them an ultimatum? Threaten them somehow? Raise a bunch of money to badmouth them? I think that’s just a bunch of phony-baloney big-sounding tough talk that means absolutely nothing. He’s a weenie.

  • Rodney Steward

    A typical 2 faces lying politician, and a butt kissing yes man for who ever, and right now it’s the Beast! It’s all about guns with the Dems., control the guns control the people, taking place all over the world! The UN agenda!!

    • Nellie McConnell

      I am concerned about all the UN Military trucks and tanks on trucks and trains. No one seems to know anything about THIS issue. Does Obama think he can take the guns or start a civil war here and stay in office? Don’t trust him or Hillary. Don’t like Obama’s take on Black Lives Matters. Muslim Brotherhood. Not to long ago Obama gave Muslim BH. 170 million dollars. Why?

      • Rodney Steward

        The UN is the enemy, they are pushing for the world everything, world gun control, climate change, one world currency, world church, they’re pushing for the NWO! And the thugs you mentioned along with the UN is his army he’s building! The UN will be made up of Russians, and other Mercanaries (PAID) to carry out his or Hellary’s gun agenda! And a lot of people feel that Obama wants to stay in office, and will start some kind of trouble to declare martial law, and then throw in all the muslims he’s bring in, we’re going to have a mess! Nostradamus predicted the New World (USA) would see 2 civil wars, we’ve had one!! I think they’re getting ready to take the guns, this is a must for the elite to achieve their NWO agenda, control the guns control the people! Just look at Europe, they’ve all bowed to the UN gun control and now armed muslims are taking over, and that’s the way it’ll be here! Obama’s helping the muslims to achieve their caliphate, just look at the money he just give Iran for 4 people, he’s helping Iran all he can, and Hellary loves the muslims more than Obama! She’ll be Obama on steroids, on everything!

  • Ray

    Tim Kaine, is a kiss butt to Obama. And raised taxes here in Virginia. He isn’t well liked here. Him and crooked Hillary deserved each other. NO THANKS !!!

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