It was one of the most shocking political triumphs in American history, as Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States. The morning after, thehill.com compiled a list of their biggest winners and losers on the election night.
The losers list included the usual suspects. First, the media and pollsters, who got “it all wrong.” They also listed President Obama, for the damage to his eight-year legacy. Winners were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
But perhaps the biggest winner listed was the National Rifle Association. The NRA endorsed Trump in May, and once the victory was confirmed the organization sent a press release stating voters “sent a loud and clear message that our gun rights are not for sale.” NBC’s Chuck Todd actually noted their importance even before Tuesday’s results were final, saying on air the NRA “came through big, this is a big night for the NRA.”
Media Ignore The Role Of Gun Owners In Trump's Win
Groping for answers to Donald Trump’s victory, the mainstream media piled onto a new theme on election night: That whites with no college education had turned out to push him over the top (the unspoken subtext being that he won only with the support of ignorant rednecks, a thought that comforts liberal media elites).
On Wednesday morning, nbcnews.com advanced this theory by posting an analysis crediting rural voters for electing Trump. Co-author Chuck Todd, to his credit, was the only pundit to give a nod to the NRA on election night, but by Wednesday he was back to ignoring the power of gun owners.
The truth is that Hillary Clinton thought she could ride gun control all the way into the Oval Office—and the media voiced their full-throated approval. Millions of NRA members rose up in defiance of the media and defeated Hillary, and ignoring this achievement won’t change the facts—no matter how many of those who tipped the scales live in rural areas.
Maine Beats Back Bloomberg’s NYC-Style Gun Control
Despite having nearly $6 million of Michael Bloomberg’s money behind it, Maine Question 3—a ballot initiative that would make it a crime for Mainers to even lend a gun to a friend for hunting without a background check and require transfer fees for both the loan and the return of the gun—was defeated by voters in the Pine Tree State by a margin of about 25,000 votes, the Bangor Daily Newsreports.
Although Bloomberg and the referendum’s backers spent about six times as much as opponents, their misleading and deceptive ads couldn’t hide the truth: Question 3 was opposed by 75 percent of the sheriffs in Maine, and Gov. Paul LePage warned that it was “not enforceable.”
“With their freedoms in question and liberties at stake, the people of Maine embraced the rights recognized in our Constitution and said no to the poorly written, unenforceable mandates of the Question 3 ballot initiative,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox.
The Brady Campaign Vows To Fight On Against Guns
Americans spoke loudly and clearly on Tuesday. What they said was were tired of our nation’s leaders not listening. They were tired of political and media elites pushing their liberal agenda on an unwilling public. And most of all, they tired of the increasing infringement on our freedoms.
For most, the message sent didn’t need any interpretation. Not so for the Brady Campaign. In an amazingly tone-deaf statement, the gun-control group’s president Dan Gross said he can “only hope President-elect Trump recognizes that nine out of 10 Americans, regardless of who they supported for president, want to create a safer America by expanding Brady background checks to every gun sale." He also promised that “Trump’s election isn’t the end of this fight.”
Other gun-control groups weren’t quite as vocal. Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown posted a simple Facebook message imploring its members to “recommit” to their mission. Another Bloomberg-funded group, Moms Demand Action, tried to brush the monumental loss off with the dismissal that “this movement was never about one election” and declared that, they too, “are in this for the long haul.”
Tennessee Hunter Kills Possible World Record Whitetail
Amid all the election hoopla, America’s big-game hunters continue to do what they love to do—get out into the forests and fields in pursuit of the wily white-tailed deer. And one Tennessee hunter recently made the best of it, possibly bagging the biggest whitetail ever, period.
On Monday—the day before Election Day—26-year-old Stephen Tucker of Gallatin, Tenn., shot a giant buck that will certainly be the new state record, and maybe even a new world record. The 47-point non-typical buck’s rack was green scored at 313.25 inches gross, with a net score after deductions of 308.375.
The current world record non-typical whitetail had 38 points and scored 307.625 net. Only time will tell what Tucker’s giant will finally score after the required 60-day drying-out period.
W.V. Neighbor Stops Armed Burglary
Just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, a man in Pinch, W.V., noticed two people prowling around his neighbor’s house. When he realized the men—31-year-old Steve Lee Rose Jr. and his 18-year-old accomplice—were in the process of breaking in, he confronted them. Noticing that at least one of them was carrying a pistol, the neighbor pulled his own gun and fired, grazing the 18-year-old and prompting both to flee.
Soon after, responding officers traced Rose to his home in Charleston, where he was arrested and charged with burglary. His accomplice was transported to a local hospital.
According to Sgt. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha Sheriff’s Office, because police response times are known to be much longer in rural areas such as Pinch, and because the suspects “pulled a gun on him,” the neighbor won’t be charged in the shooting.