U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) speak at a campaign event to supporters at a restaurant on November 13, 2020, in Cumming, Ga.
I am writing this column with deeply mixed emotions. As we go to press, the mainstream media has called the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden. Unless something dramatic develops, by the time you read this, President Trump may have exhausted all avenues available to him to contest the results of an election that even some Biden supporters admit had some very odd irregularities.
This means, in all likelihood, we will see Joe Biden take the oath of office on Inauguration Day in January 2021. Transitioning from the most pro-gun president in our history to the most anti-gun administration ever saddens me and fills me with a certain sense of dread.
But then I look at the elections with a wider lens, and my spirits are lifted, and my hope for the future of the Second Amendment returns.
In spite of what the media told us before election day, there was no wave of victories by anti-gun candidates. Virtually every pre-election poll was wrong, with countless “experts” predicting Donald Trump would lose in an electoral landslide—but that certainly didn’t happen. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi planned to add 10-15 seats to her anti-gun majority, but she lost seats. How many, we still aren’t sure at this time, but it could very well end up in the same 10-15 range.
And as for the Senate? It all depends on Georgia.
Again, “experts” and polls said the Senate would flip. Anti-gun Democrats poured record amounts of money into several states, like North and South Carolina, only to see the pro-Second Amendment Republican incumbents fend off their challengers. Anti-gun challengers also failed to unseat pro-gun incumbents in Iowa, Texas and Montana, whom they had targeted as “vulnerable.”
Even Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell was targeted for defeat. As Senate Republican Majority Leader, McConnell championed President Trump’s overwhelmingly successful campaign to reshape the federal judiciary (more on that later). He easily crushed his well-funded challenger, winning re-election with nearly a 20-point margin.
But two seats, both in the Peach State, will not be decided until January 5th. Georgia requires a runoff if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, which is exactly what happened in both races. One race will pit solidly pro-gun incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue against Democrat Jon Ossoff, an ardent supporter of the fanatical anti-gun movement. The other race has another pro-gun incumbent, Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, facing off against another anti-gun Democrat, Raphael Warnock, who has been endorsed by the anti-gun Brady PAC.
The outcome of these two races will determine which party controls the Senate. That control will determine the security of the Second Amendment.
That’s not mere hyperbole. The House will remain under anti-gun leadership, no matter what, although it remains to be seen if current Speaker Pelosi will still be in charge, considering her failure to avoid losing seats. If the Senate also falls, or even if it is tied at 50 senators from each party, then Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, will run the show in the Senate. Harris, as vice president, will be president of the Senate and will have the deciding vote to break all ties.
So, Georgia is the key to protecting our right to keep and bear arms.
We know the House will continue to push its radical, anti-gun agenda, regardless of which Democrat is calling the shots. Under Speaker Pelosi, we saw endless, carefully orchestrated assaults on the Second Amendment, which masqueraded as Congressional hearings. Anti-gun bills passed from that chamber, and we can say with absolute certainty that will continue.
And if I haven’t offered enough evidence to show how critical Georgia is to gun rights, here’s what New York Senator Charles Schumer had to say on the subject, after the media had declared Biden President-elect: “Now we take Georgia, then we change America.”
With Mitch McConnell at the helm, the Senate derailed the House’s gun- control agenda. But what happens if he is no longer Majority Leader? The assault on our firearm freedoms will still face strong opposition, but if Democrats are in control, they will have the ability to force through bills when they see fit.
And we know what would happen if an anti-gun bill ends up in a White House occupied by Joe Biden.
Biden has made his disdain for the individual right to arms abundantly clear, and rejects the Supreme Court ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects that very right.
During a 2019 “townhall” event, candidate Biden was asked, “Do you agree with the D.C. v. Heller decision in regards to protecting the individual right to bear arms that are in common use and which are utilized for lawful purposes?”
“If I were on the court,” Biden responded, “I wouldn’t have made the same ruling. OK, that’s number one.”
His choice for vice president, Harris, shares this view, and signed on to an amicus curiae brief in the Heller case that argued the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right.
The Biden-Harris campaign website also speaks volumes to what they have in mind in order to decimate the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
They want to ban and confiscate millions of lawfully possessed semi-automatic firearms—the so-called “assault” weapons the radical left has been railing against ever since they abandoned failed efforts to outlaw handguns.
Simply banning some of the most popular firearms in America does not go far enough for the Biden-Harris team, though. Their goal is to cripple the firearms industry by repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)—a law designed to protect the firearms industry from being driven into bankruptcy through predatory, baseless litigation.
But actual guns are not the only Second Amendment-protected items in the sights of Biden and Harris. They also want to make it impossible for many gun owners to buy firearm parts. Their campaign website says, “Biden will enact legislation to prohibit all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts.”
In other words, if you live in a rural area, with the nearest gun store 25, 50 or even 100 miles away, plan on setting aside several hours of travel if you want to make any modifications to your firearms, or even repair them.
And, Biden and Harris want to use taxes to punish law-abiding gun owners. They want to impose a punitive tax of $200 on every semi-automatic firearm. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, an additional $200 tax on every magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. These taxes would apply even to those firearms and magazines that are already lawfully possessed. An average gun owner with two or three semi-automatic firearms, each with two or three standard magazines, could be out a few thousand dollars under the Biden-Harris plan. And if you have a collection? Time to start taking out a second mortgage.
But what about Trump’s success at reshaping the federal judiciary I mentioned earlier? Surely the pro-Constitution judges Trump and McConnell have worked feverishly to put in place will strike down Biden’s clearly unconstitutional agenda. Especially the Supreme Court, where President Trump appointed three justices that have shown their support for the true intent of our Founding Fathers when they incorporated the Second Amendment into our Bill of Rights.
The problem there is that both Biden and Harris have failed to reject the radical left’s plan to pack the Supreme Court with new justices, adding enough new seats to ratify any radical legislation passed in a Biden administration.
As you know, after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away, President Trump nominated her successor, Amy Coney Barrett, who was then confirmed by the Senate. This sent the radical left into apoplexy, demanding that Democrats add seats to the Supreme Court; ironically, this is a tactic Ginsberg herself spoke against.
While campaigning, Biden was repeatedly asked about court packing, and he was repeatedly evasive about it. At one point, he even had the gall to indicate he would not announce his position until after the election. Clearly, if he lost, it would not have mattered, as he could have done nothing about it. One must therefore presume his position was predicated on him winning, which one could infer meant that, if he won, he would, at a minimum, consider packing the Court. Otherwise, he could have simply stated he opposed the notion.
Eventually, he announced that, if he wins, he will put together a commission to look into “how to reform the court system.” This, of course, means he feels it needs to be reformed, which must also mean, therefore, that he is at least open to the notion of expanding the Court.
Thus, Georgia is critical for the security of the Second Amendment.
And if I haven’t offered enough evidence to show how critical Georgia is to gun rights, here’s what New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) had to say on the subject, after the media had declared Biden president-elect:
“Now we take Georgia, then we change America.”
Schumer is coming for Georgia, and he will have a virtually unlimited bank account funded by coastal elite millionaires and billionaires at his disposal. If that doesn’t send a chill up your spine and convince you that these two Georgia Senate races are the lynchpin to safeguarding the Second Amendment, then I honestly don’t know what else to say.
NRA’s all-in for Georgia. We need you and every law-abiding gun owner in America to join us as well.