Gun control advocates hope issue takes down Republican Senate candidates

by David Sherfinski | The Washington Times  |  published on November 1, 2016

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Gun control advocates are trying to make the issue a voting one in key U.S. Senate races across the country, hoping the subject will help take down Republican candidates in states like New Hampshire and Florida.

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded by a gunman in 2011, and her husband Mark Kelly are in the midst of a six-week, 14-state bus tour that includes stops in Florida, Ohio, Iowa and New Hampshire.

“In races up and down the ballot, 2016 is shaping up to be the year of gun safety,” said Kate Folmar, a spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group co-founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “The political calculus has changed, and we are seeing candidates at all levels of government embrace gun safety as an issue to run — and win — on.”

Gun control advocates are closely eyeing U.S. Senate races in New Hampshire and Florida, where incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Marco Rubio face tough re-election fights, and in Nevada, where Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto is trying to hold the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Harry Reid.

But such single-issue groups also say they’re willing to support Republicans who are with them on the issue.

Mr. Bloomberg is supporting Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, through his Independence USA super PAC, and the political arm of Ms. Giffords’ gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, endorsed both Mr. Toomey and Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican.

  • elmcqueen3

    I will place my vote for those who support the US Constitution…I will not place one vote for anyone who wants to change it or declare it obsolete in line with the think tanks of the New World Order to include the dictates of Obama’s United Nations and or the right arm of the military industrial complex known as NATO or those who profit from war or the selling of war goods to those countries who use said weapons of war with which to kill their own people…They will not get my vote…Obama and Hillary Clinton along with two faced Democrats can stick it.

  • Duane L Petersen

    If they could show where a new law would have stopped one of the mass killings I would at least think about it. But the fact is that over half of the killers were already under treatment by a mental health pro and they could find no way to stop them. As for the no fly list rout of the 200 thousand that have been put on the list only 10 were found to be guilty and it took as much as 3 years to get the innocent names off the list and one of those were Senator Ted Kennedy

  • Irene Elizabeth Grooms

    Why are they trying there best to take what rights we have to bear ARMS. Is it to have complete control over us i think so. I’m old and don’t intend for them to take a damn thing from me. Hilter did the same damn thing to Germany that these bastard are trying to do now to us.

    • billdeserthills

      It’s because they want to stack muslim scum in Our country like cordwood and they know if We have guns we’ll be able to protect ourselves from those killers

  • grandmary42

    Keep wishing, isn’t going to happen!

  • doug

    Katy mcginty is a clone of Obama’s and Hillary’s school of dictatorship, she wants total gun control , so who ya gonna vote for, I for one will not vote for one democrat, they don’t have a mind of their own !

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  • Rock

    Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh, NO ! If Toomey is supported by Bloomberg, that just took my vote from Toomey. NO ONE attached to Bloomberg will ever get my vote !

  • Jean Langford M.

    NOT GOING TO HAPPEN…LOL…LOL…

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